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The United States, Egypt, and The New ‘New Middle East’

Steven A. Cook is the Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Dr. Cook is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics, as well as U.S. Middle East policy. He is the author of The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square (Oxford University Press, Fall 2011), where he explores Egypt’s history, why the revolution occurred, and where the country might be headed next. Dr. Cook is also the author of Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey (John Hopkins press, 2007).

Dr. Cook has published widely in a variety of foreign policy journals, opinion magazines, and newspapers including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Wall Street Journal, Journal of Democracy, Weekly Standard, Slate, New Republic Online, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, and Survival. He is also a frequent commentator on radio and television. Dr Cook currently writes the CFR blog, “From the Potomac to the Euphrates.”

Prior to joining CFR, Dr. Cook was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution (2001–2002) and a Soref research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (1995–96). He holds a B.A. in international studies from Vassar College, an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Cook speaks Arabic, Turkish, and reads French.