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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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a signing ceremony following a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia October 17, 2018. Pavel Golovkin/Pool via REUTERS

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

Over the last six months, Washington has been consumed with the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a legal resident of the United States, apparently at the hands of Saudi agents. It has led to an unprecedented debate about the U.S.-Saudi relationship and Saudi Arabia’s value as a strategic ally. While global outrage built over the highly publicized killing and lame cover-up, an American was suffering in anonymity and silence from the grievous wounds inflicted on her by another important U.S. ally: Egypt. Read More

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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March 13, 2019

Syrian Civil War
Clashing Realities in Syria

400 American troops can't accomplish anything. 

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