It’s a well worn phrase: Istanbul is the crossroads of east and west. It’s trite, it’s obvious, it’s true. A ferry ride across the Bosphorus is all it takes to span continents. But that’s just geography. The mood and tenor of a place at a given time matters too. Istanbul in May 2015 was a nervy harbinger, a look into a future currently unfolding that is having massive impacts on both east and west.