Study Group on Promoting Political and Economic Reform in the Middle East

Chair: Lisa Anderson, Columbia University
Staff: Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
July 1, 2004 - January 1, 2006

This Study Group is organized around chapters of Steven Cook’s recently completed book manuscript titled: Ruling, But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Turkey, and Algeria. Historically, Egypt, Turkey, and Algeria have exhibited a fairly predictable and similar set of political patterns which reflected the stability of authoritarian politics in these countries. In late 1990s and early 21st century, Turkey was able to break the political logjam of authoritarianism. What accounts for regime stability in Egypt, Algeria, and previously Turkey? Why was Turkey successful and Egypt and Algeria not successful? This book is intended to combine a scholarly approach to interesting questions concerning regime stability, Islamist political activity, civil-military relations, and transitions to and from democracy; yet it also contains a conscious policy edge that is relevant to current debates about democracy in the Arab and wider Muslim world.

The Study Group is made possible by the generous support from the Kauffman Foundation.

Meetings

Study Group Meeting

Militaries and Politics in the Middle East - Session II

Panelist:

Lisa Anderson, Dean, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Speaker:

Steven A. Cook, Next Generation Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
December 14, 2004

This meeting is not for attribution.

Study Group Meeting

Militaries and Politics in the Middle East - Session I

Panelist:

Lisa Anderson, Dean, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Speaker:

Steven A. Cook, Next Generation Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
October 8, 2004

This meeting is not for attribution.