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: Boutef Again, Bringing Democracy Back to Turkey, and Hep-C in Egypt

by Steven A. Cook
Members of a local dance troupe perform during a campaign rally for current Algerian President and candidate in the forthcoming presidential election, Abdelaziz Bouteflik, in Ain Ouassara southwest of Algiers April 10, 2014 (Louafi Larbi/Courtesy Reuters). Members of a local dance troupe perform during a campaign rally for current Algerian President and candidate in the forthcoming presidential election, Abdelaziz Bouteflik, in Ain Ouassara southwest of Algiers April 10, 2014 (Louafi Larbi/Courtesy Reuters).

Alexis Artaud de La Ferrière examines how Algeria’s elections will influence regional politics, especially those in Tunisia.

The Turkish citizen journalism group “140journos” is trying to use technology to bring democracy back to Turkey, writes Burcu Baykurt for Jadaliyya. Read more »

Weekend Reading: No Way to Defeat Takfiris, Handicapping Turkey’s Elections, and Syria’s borders.

by Steven A. Cook
Supporters of Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan wave Turkish and AK Party (AKP) flags during an election rally in Istanbul March 23, 2014 (Murad Sezer/Courtesy Reuters). Supporters of Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan wave Turkish and AK Party (AKP) flags during an election rally in Istanbul March 23, 2014 (Murad Sezer/Courtesy Reuters).

Nader Bakkar says that harsh punishment, such as the recent wave of death sentences on Muslim Brotherhood members, is no way to combat radical takfiri ideology. Read more »

Weekend Reading: The Middle East and the Internet

by Steven A. Cook
A man gestures during a gathering celebrating Newroz, which marks the arrival of spring and the new year, in Diyarbakir March 21, 2014 (Umit Bektas/Courtesy Reuters). A man gestures during a gathering celebrating Newroz, which marks the arrival of spring and the new year, in Diyarbakir March 21, 2014 (Umit Bektas/Courtesy Reuters).

See where your favorite Middle Eastern country ranks on Google’s Internet Transparency Report .

The World Bank reports that the Arab world lags behind in access to high-speed internet. Read more »

Weekend Reading: Islamic Sustainability, Cairo’s Traffic Goes Mobile, and Recycling in Qatar

by Steven A. Cook
Anti-Morsi protesters hold up posters of Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during a protest supporting al-Sisi in front of the state television building in central Cairo (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Courtesy Reuters). Anti-Morsi protesters hold up posters of Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during a protest supporting al-Sisi in front of the state television building in central Cairo (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).

Arwa Aburawa interviews Professor Al Jayoussi about Islamic notions of sustainability.

Tafline Laylin discusses an award-winning Egyptian traffic app that helps users avoid the legendary Cairo traffic. Read more »

Weekend Reading: Sudanese Refugees in Jordan, Egyptian Insults, and Living Without Sabra Hummus

by Steven A. Cook
A Palestinian vendor reads a newspaper with the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on the front page in Jerusalem's Old City (Amir Cohen/Courtesy Reuters). A Palestinian vendor reads a newspaper with the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on the front page in Jerusalem's Old City (Amir Cohen/Courtesy Reuters).

IRIN reports on Jordan’s neglected refugees.

Mada Masr presents “Lexicon of a revolution’s insults,” which looks at new terms and labels invented after the Egyptian uprising of January 25. Read more »