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: Houthi Rebels, Orthodox Intelligence, and Combative Kurdish Women

by Steven A. Cook
Kurdish Peshmerga female fighters take up positions during combat skills training before being deployed to fight Islamic State militants, at their military camp in Sulaimaniya, northern Iraq (Ahmed Jadallah/Courtesy Reuters). Kurdish Peshmerga female fighters take up positions during combat skills training before being deployed to fight Islamic State militants, at their military camp in Sulaimaniya, northern Iraq (Ahmed Jadallah/Courtesy Reuters).

Abdul-Ghani Al-Iryani finds that Yemen is becoming polarized between the Shia Houthi rebels and the Sunni Islah Islamist party.

J. J. Goldberg looks at the rising influence of the right in Israel’s security and intelligence agencies. Read more »

Weekend Reading: On Being Jewish in Egypt, Iraq’s Militias, and What Just Happened in Yemen?

by Steven A. Cook
Shi'ite Houthi rebels bury comrades, who were killed in recent fighting against government forces, in Sanaa (Khaled Abdullah/Courtesy Reuters). Shi'ite Houthi rebels bury comrades, who were killed in recent fighting against government forces, in Sanaa (Khaled Abdullah/Courtesy Reuters).

An old one from Eric Rouleau, who reflects on his experiences as an Egyptian-Jewish journalist.

Omar el-Jaffal examines the phenomenon of militias in Iraq and its implications on the Iraqi state. Read more »

Weekend Reading/Viewing: Lingo in Morocco, Lights Out in Yemen, and Urban Housing in Cairo

by Steven A. Cook
Framed by the Egyptian flag, a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi shouts slogans outside the police academy, where Morsi's trial took place, on the outskirts of Cairo (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters). Framed by the Egyptian flag, a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi shouts slogans outside the police academy, where Morsi's trial took place, on the outskirts of Cairo (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters).

Mohamed Kasmi discusses the linguistic richness in Morocco, and the related linguistic policies the government has enacted over the years. Read more »

Weekend Reading: Intervention in Syria, Yemen’s National Dialogue, and Options for Bahrain

by Steven A. Cook
Abu al-Taib, the leader of Ahbab Al-Mustafa Battalion, demonstrates to female members as he holds a gun during a military training in a mosque in the Seif El Dawla neighbourhood in Aleppo (Muzaffar Salman/Courtesy Reuters). Abu al-Taib, the leader of Ahbab Al-Mustafa Battalion, demonstrates to female members as he holds a gun during a military training in a mosque in the Seif El Dawla neighbourhood in Aleppo (Muzaffar Salman/Courtesy Reuters).

Robin Yassin-Kassab discusses the complexity of the situation in Syria as the US contemplates action against the use of chemical weapons.

Kevin Alexander Davis argues that the national dialogue in Yemen is simply legitimizing the status quo rather than listening to popular demand. 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: Women and Early Islam, Yemen’s Separatists, and Syrian Refugees in Egypt

by Steven A. Cook
A vendor sits at the doorway of his shop in Hebron (Ammar Awad/Courtesy Reuters). A vendor sits at the doorway of his shop in Hebron (Ammar Awad/Courtesy Reuters).

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: Gulen and Gender Equality, Tribulations in Tripoli, and Essential Economics in Yemen

by Steven A. Cook
Bahraini woman protester reads Quran after evening prayers at Pearl Square in Bahraini capital of Manama (Hamad I Mohammed/Courtesy Reuters) Bahraini woman protester reads Quran after evening prayers at Pearl Square in Bahraini capital of Manama (Hamad I Mohammed/Courtesy Reuters)

Weekend Reading:Yemen’s Terrorism Problem, Egypt’s Presidential Candidates, and Syria’s War Criminals

by Steven A. Cook
Lebanese Shi'ite sheikh Hassan al-Zayyat marks punctuation on Koranic verses that he hand copied ( Ali Hashisho/Courtesy Reuters) Lebanese Shi'ite sheikh Hassan al-Zayyat marks punctuation on Koranic verses that he hand copied ( Ali Hashisho/Courtesy Reuters)

Blogger NoonArabia for Bikya Masr says the United States must reevaluate its counterterrorism policy in Yemen.

Sandmonkey looks at a few major presidential candidates on the eve of registration for the race in Egypt. Read more »

Weekend Reading: The Palestinian Question, Yemen’s New Leader, and Religious Minorities

by Steven A. Cook
Man reads Koran beside shelf stacked with them at Masjid Al Kabir, also known as Grand Mosque, during Ramadan in old city of Sanaa (Jumana El-Heloueh/Courtesy Reuters) Man reads Koran beside shelf stacked with them at Masjid Al Kabir, also known as Grand Mosque, during Ramadan in old city of Sanaa (Jumana El-Heloueh/Courtesy Reuters)

Ahmed Nagi says Egypt’s new government lacks a vision for resolving the Palestinian question.

Sami Moubayed takes a look at Yemen’s new president. Read more »