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March 21, 2016

Radicalization and Extremism
Foad, the brother of 15 year-old Nora who left her home in Avignon for Syria nine months ago attends an interview with Reuters in Paris Women and Terrorism: "Jihadi Girl Power" Masks Reality

Far from demonstrating a new face of empowerment, so-called “jihadi girl power” wildly overstates the power of women and girls living under the control of the self-proclaimed Islamic State. The image…

January 22, 2016

WR01222016 Winter Storm Reading

Snow- and Middle East–themed reading for this weekend's winter storm.

February 18, 2016

Syria Air STrip Guest Post: Do-It-Yourself Military Intelligence

Harry Oppenheimer and Aaron Picozzi are research associates at the Council on Foreign Relations. An unparalleled, indiscriminate and growing wave of transparency is exposing the deployment of milita…

December 1, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Play RTX1AGLP_EC.jpg The Dangers of Reporting From the Middle East

Journalists discuss the risks of reporting on conflicts and wars in the Middle East.

July 3, 2015

WR07022015 Fourth of July Reading

Here is what Team Cook is reading during the long holiday weekend: Steven Cook – Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood—A History in Thirteen Centuries by Justin Marozzi. Lauren Cook – Disclaimer by…

October 12, 2015

Play rsz_rtx1rtm4.jpg Asia Update—Perspectives from International CEOs

The chief executive officers of leading companies in Australia, India, and China discuss the geopolitical and geoeconomic issues facing Asia today.

December 22, 2014

Holiday Reading_12222014_2 Holiday Reading

It’s the holiday season so there will be light blogging in the next week or so.  Here is what Team Cook is reading: Steven Cook – Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied …

October 13, 2011

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
State Sponsors: Iran

The U.S. government designates Iran as the "most active state sponsor of terrorism," which feeds concerns about Iran’s growing nuclear program.

January 27, 2015

Conflict Prevention
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan addresses the media during the Executive Board's special session on Ebola on January 25, 2015. Course Correction: WHO Reform after Ebola

Coauthored with Daniel Chardell, research associate in the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Reforming international organizations is no e…

July 2, 2014

Fourth of July reading_FINAL.jpg Fourth of July Reading

It is time to pause from the grim news coming out of the Middle East and celebrate the 4th of July.  Happy 238th, United States.... Here is what Team Cook will be reading over the long holiday weeke…