Steven A. Cook

From the Potomac to the Euphrates

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

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Welcome! hoş geldiniz! !أهلا وسهلا! ברוכים הבאים

by Steven A. Cook
October 15, 2010

From the Potomac to the Euphrates

Welcome to my blog.

I hope the site will be a forum for readers who share my passionate interest in all things Middle East. Sometimes I will post longer pieces (400-600 words) and, at other times, link to interesting articles/posts. It’s a crowded field out there so I’ll be experimenting at first, trying to develop a rhythm and personality for the blog. You’ll excuse my occasional pop culture reference or devotional to the New York Yankees (very popular in the Middle East), but it’s all in good fun and hopefully an effort to make a larger point. After all, I am the guy who once wrote about Cairo traffic to expound on the importance of informal political and social institutions. Although I have taken time to study my favorite bloggers/friends like Marc Lynch and Issandr Imrani and others too numerous to list (see the blog roll), I hope the “from the Potomac to the Euphrates” tag line will infuse the blog with a foundational coherence. I’ll be doing a fair amount of posting from places in the region (check back next week for posts from Cairo and Istanbul), but the blog will also focus on the debates in Washington about the Middle East. I am not interested in scoring points here or getting into ideological debates, but rather an explication of how Washington connects to the region in ways both good and bad.

Finally, I encourage folks out there to comment on my posts. Extend an argument, correct an error, offer your own insights. It’ll be fun and interesting.



(Photos Courtesy Molly Riley/Reuters and Mohanned Faisel/Reuters)

Post a Comment 4 Comments

  • Posted by Charlie Smith

    Great blog! Long time fan here eagerly anticipating Dr. Cook’s reflections on the Middle East, and especially pop-culture.

  • Posted by Amy

    We can’t wait, and we want to know if that’s that’s really you in the rowboat.

  • Posted by John R Peacher

    Looking forward to following your blog. I was just reading about the USA beginning the process of talking with some leaders of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Sounds like Vietnam all over again. We lost 58000 + in that terrible mess, and here we go again after fighting for 10 years! What happens when people realize that this is just the way we fight wars now; and these same people refuse to take up arms and fight for our side!! Thanks!

  • Posted by sara

    Steven مرحبا بکم

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