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: The Middle East Is Not All That Bad

by Steven A. Cook
The newly renovated facade of Maghen Abraham, Beirut's oldest synagogue (Jamal Saidi/Courtesy Reuters). The newly renovated facade of Maghen Abraham, Beirut's oldest synagogue (Jamal Saidi/Courtesy Reuters).

After 30 years, Beirut’s Maghen Abraham synagogue has been restored and is scheduled to reopen.

Zamaaan offers a glimpse into a people’s history of the Middle East via crowd-sourced family photos. Read more »

Weekend Listening/Viewing/Reading: Satire in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia’s “Garden,” and Lebanese Relief Workers

by Steven A. Cook
Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) employees count votes at an analysis centre in Baghdad May 2, 2014 (Thaier Al-Sudani/Courtesy Reuters). Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) employees count votes at an analysis centre in Baghdad May 2, 2014 (Thaier Al-Sudani/Courtesy Reuters).
Karl Sharro discusses Lebanese politics and the role of satire in political analysis of the Middle East on Karl Morand’s Middle East Week Podcast. Read more »

Christmas Reading

by Steven A. Cook
Greek Orthodox priests attend the Christmas procession inside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem (Ammar Awad/Courtesy Reuters). Greek Orthodox priests attend the Christmas procession inside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem (Ammar Awad/Courtesy Reuters).

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I am looking forward to reading Gregory Johnsen’s book, The Last Refuge: Yemen, Al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia over the break. Read more »

Weekend Reading: Deja Vu in Egypt?, Lebanese Security, and Jihadists in Syria

by Steven A. Cook
An elderly man walks past street vendors waiting for customers at a market place in Sanaa (Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi/Courtesy Reuters). An elderly man walks past street vendors waiting for customers at a market place in Sanaa (Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi/Courtesy Reuters).

Ibrahim El-Houdaiby wonders if Egypt’s Islamists will make the same mistakes as previous regimes.

Qifa Nabki offers an interesting profile of Wissam al-Hassan, the head of Lebanon’s Information Branch of the Internal Security Forces, who was assassinated in today’s attack in Beirut. Read more »

Weekend Reading: Snapshots of Protests in the Middle East

by Steven A. Cook
Protesters climb a fence at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa (Mohamed Al-Sayaghi/Courtesy Reuters). Protesters climb a fence at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa (Mohamed Al-Sayaghi/Courtesy Reuters).

Nafeesa Syeed provides a closer look at the ongoing protests at the U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen.

Evan Hill offers an interesting analysis of the anti-American demonstrations sweeping the Arab world. Read more »

Weekend Reading: Lebanon in Limbo, Egypt’s NGOs Report, and the Abaya Remix

by Steven A. Cook
Khalil recites verses from the Koran at the Jamia Binoria Al-Alamia Seminary Islamic Study School in Karachi (Athar Hussain/Courtesy Reuters) Khalil recites verses from the Koran at the Jamia Binoria Al-Alamia Seminary Islamic Study School in Karachi (Athar Hussain/Courtesy Reuters)

Makram Rabah looks at the possible effect of Syria’s revolution on Lebanon.

The Project on Middle East Democracy’s report: The Campaign Against NGOs in Egypt. Read more »