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: Egypt’s Colonial Laws, Building a New Cairo, and Erdogan’s Early Life

by Steven A. Cook
March 18, 2017

Buildings and houses are seen through the window of an airplane above Cairo (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters).


The Project on Middle East Democracy interviews Mohamed El Ansary on the use of a colonial-era law by the Egyptian state to contain unrest and crush demonstrations.

Ursula Lindsey looks at the plans for the new Egyptian capital city to understand the relationship between President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s regime, public space, and expressions of citizenship.

William Armstrong reviews a new Turkish film about the early life of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and what it says about Turkish society.

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