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: Fighting in Mosul, Innovative Booksellers, and Algeria’s Jewish Heritage

by Steven A. Cook
Residents shop for books at Mutanabi Street in Baghdad (Ahmed Saad/Reuters).

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad recounts the Iraqi military’s effort to retake control of Mosul’s Baghdad Circle, the gateway to the western part of the city, from the self-styled Islamic State. Read more »

Middle East Derangement Syndrome: Egypt, Turkey and Israel Have All Fallen Prey to Delusions About Trump

by Steven A. Cook
Donald Trump arrives on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington before his inauguration (Win McNamee/Pool/Reuters).

This article was originally published here on on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Read more »

Weekend Reading: Immigration in the Emirates, North and South Yemen, and Egypt’s Copts

by Steven A. Cook
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi greets Egyptian Coptic Pope Tawadros II, head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo (Handout/Reuters).

Sultan Al Qassemi shares stories of immigration and citizenship that helped shape the United Arab Emirates today. Read more »

How Personal Politics Drive Conflict in the Gulf

by Guest Blogger for Steven A. Cook
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (Louafi Larbi/Courtesy Reuters).

David Roberts, lecturer in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London, based at the Joaan Bin Jassim Staff College in Qatar, offers expert insight into the recent tensions among the major GCC states.

“I love all the countries of the Gulf, and they all love me.” With this less than subtle statement, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the vocal Qatar-based Muslim Brotherhood scholar tried to do his part to repair regional relations in the Gulf that have badly frayed in recent weeks. Long-brewing discontent erupted in early March with the unprecedented withdrawal of the Saudi, Emirati, and Bahraini ambassadors from Qatar. Subsequent mediation from Kuwait’s Emir has led the protagonists to the cusp of a modus vivendi, and a vague document has been agreed upon. Read more »

Weekend Reading: The Greening of the Middle East?, War Drums in Sudan, and the Emirates vs. Iran

by Steven A. Cook
Steven Cook reads Foreign Affairs in his office at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC (Alexander Brock)

Mohamed Abdel Raouf encourages renewable energy and green jobs in the Arab world.

The Arabist sheds light on the potential war between the Sudans. Read more »

Don’t Fear a Nuclear Arms Race in the Middle East

by Steven A. Cook
Iran's President Ahmadinejad speaks during a ceremony at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility (Caren Firouz/Courtesy Reuters)

This article was originally published here on on Monday, April 3, 2012. 

On March 21, Haaretz correspondent Ari Shavit wrote a powerful op-ed in the New York Times that began with this stark and stunning claim: “An Iranian atom bomb will force Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt to acquire their own atom bombs.” Indeed, it has become axiomatic among Middle East watchers, nonproliferation experts, Israel’s national security establishment, and a wide array of U.S. government officials that Iranian proliferation will lead to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. President Barack Obama himself, in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) last month, said that if Iran went nuclear, it was “almost certain that others in the region would feel compelled to get their own nuclear weapon.” Read more »