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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A woman stands next to an inflatable tank with U.S. President Donald Trump outside an art exhibition 'MonuMental' by the pseudonymous artist, Saint Hoax in downtown Beirut, Lebanon October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi

Bad Reputation: The Swift Decline of U.S. Soft Power in the Middle East

One of the perks of my job is that every now and then I get to spend time talking about the future of the Middle East in a place like Italy, as I did in early January. The night before the conference, after sharing a few bottles of red wine with some friends, I even had the occasion to confirm—at a small place near the Piazza del Popolo that had no discernible name but instead had a bright neon sign that simply read “Pizza/Gelato”—that the pizza in Rome runs a close second to the slices from my native Long Island. Read More

November 15, 2018

The Case for Reshaping U.S.-Turkey Relations

When Andrew Brunson, the North Carolinian pastor, was released from Turkish custody in October, President Donald J. Trump tweeted that he was looking forward to “good, perhaps great, relations between the United States & Turkey.” The administration then subsequently lifted sanctions it had imposed on Turkey’s ministers of interior and justice over Brunson’s detention.

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October 16, 2018

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Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance Is Even Stranger Than It Seems

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October 3, 2018

America Is Not an Innocent Bystander in Yemen

This article first appeared here on on September 27, 2018. 

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