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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Patriot Games

by Steven A. Cook
A Patriot missile battery is seen from the canoeing venue at the Athens OIympics (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) A Patriot missile battery is seen from the canoeing venue at the Athens OIympics (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters)

I coauthored this post with my good friend, colleague, and former intern, Michael Koplow.  He writes his own terrific blog:  ottomansandzionists.com

Wednesday saw a strange confluence of events surrounding Turkey and its oft-stated determination to intervene in Syria with the help of its Western allies. It began with an unnamed Turkish Foreign Ministry official – presumably Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu – revealing that there have been talks between Turkey and the United States about deploying Patriot missile batteries on the Syrian border. Read more »