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Cook examines developments in the Middle East and their resonance in Washington.

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A cloud of dust rises from a dynamite blast, as part of construction work, at Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam during a media tour along the river Nile in Benishangul Gumuz Region, Guba Woreda, in Ethiopia (Tiksa Negeri/Reuters).

Is War About to Break Out in the Horn of Africa? Will the West Even Notice?

This article was originally published here on Salon.com on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Read More

January 10, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Is Annexation of the West Bank Already Here?

My recent piece at Salon.com raised some hackles with my friend, former intern, and occasional coauthor, Michael Koplow.

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January 8, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Israel Moves to Annex the West Bank—This Is How the Two-State Solution Dies

While the media focuses on Trump, Netanyahu imposes a “solution”: There will never be a Palestinian state.

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December 21, 2017

Egypt
Democracy Is Not the Cure for Terrorism

Analysts have blamed Egypt’s autocracy for a recent attack that killed hundreds. But that’s not what’s motivating the violence.

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