Steven A. Cook

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Weekend Reading: Iran’s New President, “Arab Idol” Star, and Syria’s Civil War

by Steven A. Cook
June 21, 2013

A man reads a newspaper in Galatasaray Square in central Istanbul (Murad Sezer/Courtesy Reuters).


Hossein Hafezian comments on why analysts failed to predict Rouhani’s win in Iran’s presidential elections and what to expect from his presidency.

Dalia Hatuqa examines the cultural, symbolic, and political significance of rising star Mohammed Assaf, a contestant on Arab Idol, among Palestinians.

The Globe & Mail’s interactive page covering the Syrian civil war, including latest news, demographic maps, and a history of Syria.


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