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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Weekend Reading: Leadership in the Middle East, Syria’s Refugees, and Turkish Democracy

by Steven A. Cook
September 13, 2013

Free Syrian Army fighters run to take cover in a village in Aleppo's countryside September 12, 2013 (Hamid Khatib/Courtesy Reuters).


Daniel Lakin discusses how the Arab Spring has all but prevented any clear leader from emerging in the Middle East.

Gershom Gorenberg argues that the United States can help in Syria’s crisis by supplying money and visas to refugees.

Bulent Kenes, writing for Today’s Zaman, claims that Turkey lacks one of the fundamental aspects of a democracy: tolerance for diversity.

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  • Posted by hasan ejaz

    just gone through your recommendation [ Daniel Lakin’s and Gershom Gorenberg’s write-ups ].yes the Humanitarian intervention in Syria demands caring instead of Tomohawk Missles.
    also,yes, prolonging Instabilty and Radicalism in Middle-East is very much against the interests of United States of America.
    looking forward to meet you,in person, on 17th of sep……….

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