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March 8, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
R2P, R.I.P.

It was during Kofi Annan’s tenure as Secretary General of the United Nations (1997-2006) that the “Responsibility to Protect” became a major item on the international scene.  That is no feather in hi…

January 5, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Christmas in Egypt

Riot police stand behind a protective wire barrier during clashes outside al-Abasseya Cathedral in Cairo. (Amr Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters) The New Year bombing at a church in Alexandria, Egypt has now c…

Christmas in Egypt

May 13, 2011

The Resignation of George Mitchell

U.S. Mideast Envoy George Mitchell in Cairo December 15, 2010. (Amr Dalsh/Courtesy Reuters) George Mitchell resigned today as the president’s special envoy for the Middle East. Mitchell was appointe…

U.S. Mideast Envoy George Mitchell in Cairo December 15, 2010.

July 1, 2016

United States
Fourth of July 2016 Reading

What Team Cook is reading over the Fourth of July weekend.

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November 9, 2015

Egypt
Egypt: Into the Unknown

The Egyptian state is weak. The country’s leaders are in a state of either panic or perpetual confusion. No one is in control. As in the darkest, most contested days of former President Mohammed Mors…

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October 21, 2015

Egypt
Interest and Intrigue in Egypt’s Parliamentary Elections

H. A. Hellyer contributed this guest post on the recent Egyptian parliamentary elections. I hope you find it interesting. Egyptians voted this week for the eighth time in four years—ten if you count…

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July 3, 2015

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…

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April 9, 2015

Iran
Neither Shocked nor Awed: The Arab Reaction to the Iran Deal

My research associate, Amr Leheta, wrote this terrific post on the Arab reaction to the framework agreement between the P5+1 and Iran. Enjoy! “The Nuclear Agreement…A Strategic Earthquake in the Mid…

Neither Shock nor Awe

January 16, 2015

China
Maxine Builder: Antibiotics in China’s Rivers - An Emerging Health Threat

On December 25, state-run China Central Television (CCTV) reported excessive amounts of antibiotics—up to four times the legal limit in the United States—in the Yangtze, Yellow, Huangpu, Liao, and Pe…

An employee sprays to sterilize a poultry farm in Hemen township, Jiangsu province, April 8, 2013. Picture taken April 8, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

December 22, 2014

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 …

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