Steven A. Cook

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Weekend Reading: Egyptian Copts, Libyan Political Culture, and Syria’s Pain

by Steven A. Cook
April 14, 2017

A relative of one of the victims reacts after a church explosion killed at least 21 in Tanta, Egypt (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters).

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Maged Atiya critiques how observers discuss the Copts of Egypt, who are in the process of acquiring new identities, at a time of increased violence against them.

Patrick Haimzadeh argues that a failure to incorporate local political culture is why a viable political settlement for Libya has not yet been achieved.

Karim Shaheen recounts his visit to the Syrian village of Khan Sheikhoun forty-eight hours after the chemical attack that killed dozens.

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