Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
Middle East; Politics in the Arab world; U.S.-Middle East policy; Turkish politics; civil-military relations in the Middle East; Arab-Israeli conflict.
Steven A. Cook is Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle East policy. Dr. Cook is the author of The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square (Oxford University Press, Fall 2011), which won the Washington Institute for Near East Policy's gold medal for best book on the Middle East in 2012, and Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007).
Dr. Cook has published widely in a variety of foreign policy journals, opinion magazines, and newspapers. He currently writes the 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).
Dr. Cook holds a BA in international studies from Vassar College, an MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and both an MA and PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks Arabic and Turkish and reads French.
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CFR Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies and author of The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square.
CFR's Steven Cook appears on MSNBC's Martin Bashir to debate the consequences of a possible U.S. missile strike in Syria, as well as the costs of supporting true regime change, as Syria's Bashar al-Assad threatens retaliation for any attack, with Lara Setrakian, managing editor of "Syria Deeply."
The crisis in Syria deepens as reports surface that the government is using chemical weapons against its civilians. Syria denies the allegation and President Obama has not made a final decision regarding military intervention. "There needs to be a signal sent to the international community that the use of these types of weapons are beyond the pale and that there would indeed be consequences as a result of using them," says CFR's Steven Cook on Marketplace.
Hundreds of people were killed in Egypt when armed forces cleared protest camps set up by supporters of ousted President Morsi. CFR's Steven Cook, in an interview on NPR, explains that the recent military crackdown on those protesters can be seen as an attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood to delegitimize the government appointed by the military and their use of violence and martyrdom, increasing sectarian tensions in the country.
Egypt's 2011 revolution marks the latest chapter in Egyptians' longtime struggle for greater democratic freedoms. In this CFR video, Steven A. Cook, CFR's Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies and author of "The Struggle for Egypt," identifies the lessons that Egypt's emerging leadership must learn from the Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak regimes.