From the Potomac to the Euphrates

From the Potomac to the Euphrates

Steven A. Cook examines developments in the Middle East and their resonance in Washington.

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U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he addresses the 148th National Rifle Association (NRA) annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonSELECT

The American Tradition of Supporting Authoritarianism

Last week, the White House released its readout of a call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Khalifa Haftar, the Libyan commander currently engaged in a violent effort to seize Tripoli and overthrow the internationally recognized government there. Read More

April 16, 2019

Sisi Has His Own Jamal Khashoggi. Her Name is April Corley.

 It’s time to hold Egypt accountable for the U.S. citizens it has unjustly victimized.

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April 2, 2019

Turkey: The Perils and Promise of Prediction

A few days before Turkey’s local elections, I wrote an article for Foreign titled “Erdogan is Weak. And Invincible.” Well, at least the first part was accurate.  The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost in major metropolitan areas including the capital, Ankara, as well as Antalya, Izmir, Adana, and Mersin.  There is strong evidence to indicate that it also lost Istanbul.

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March 20, 2019

An Algerian Arab Spring?

Is the Arab Spring back, as some protesters, activists, and analysts have declared? The uninspiring answer is a qualified maybe.

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