Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook is the Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. His new book, False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East, was published in June.


The Deep State Comes to America

In Egypt and Turkey, grand government conspiracies are a reality. In the United States, they're little more than fantasy.


Don’t Blame Sykes-Picot for the Middle East’s Mess

The focus on the century-old accord is a product of bad history and shoddy social science -- and it’s surely not the cause of the region's dysfunction.


‘How Happy Is the One Who Says, I Am a Turk!’

The war between the military and Kurdish insurgents is really a conflict over what it means to be a citizen of Turkey. That’s why there’s no end in sight to the bloodshed.


Egypt’s Coming Chaos

The assassination of a top official and a brazen attack by an Islamic State affiliate this week herald a prolonged period of bloodshed.


How to Get Egypt’s Generals Back on Our Side

Hint: pay them. And it's going to take a lot more than the $1.3 billion the U.S. government sends Cairo each year.


Fiddling While Kobani Burns

Turkey is talking tough about the Islamic State. But it’s still not ready for war.


The New Arab Cold War

As the United States steps away from the Middle East, its allies have tried to fill the void -- with disastrous results.

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