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December 15, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: How Will Biden Handle the Middle East?

Steven A. Cook, CFR’s Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies, and Martin S. Indyk, distinguished fellow at CFR, sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the incoming Bide…

Podcast U.S Vice President Joe Biden meets with troops during a visit with Jordan's King Abdullah at a joint Jordanian-American training center.

April 7, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The Coronavirus in the Middle East, With Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook, CFR’s Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars, sits down w…

Podcast Girls wearing face masks and one of them holds a candle as they wait for the blessing of a priest roaming neighbourhoods to celebrate Palm Sunday, amid the lockdown to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Marjayoun, southern Lebanon.

May 7, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Coronavirus Origin Allegations, East Africa’s Devastating Locusts, and More

Criticism mounts over China’s coronavirus response; East African countries face a second, much larger infestation of desert locusts; and Europe commemorates the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Allie…

Podcast A child attempts to fend-off a swarm of desert locusts at a ranch near the town of Nanyuki in Laikipia county, Kenya.

December 23, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
The President's Inbox: Middle East

CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Steven A. Cook examine President-Elect Donald J. Trump's priorities in the Middle East.

Podcast A convoy of US forces armored vehicles on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, on March 5, 2017.

September 19, 2019

Climate Change
Climate Change Protests, Middle East Upheaval, and More

Climate change activists around the world are protesting during the Global Week of Action; tensions between Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United States continue to rise; and U.S. President Donald J. Tr…

Podcast Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg at a European Parliament plenary session.

November 8, 2018

Russia
Two Meaningful Anniversaries Are Marked, and the East Asia Summit Takes Place in Singapore

The 13th East Asia Summit takes place in Singapore, the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I is commemorated, and the 29-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is marked. 

Podcast Tombstones outside the WWI memorial, as France prepares to mark the centennial commemoration of the First World War Armistice Day, near Verdun, France, November 7, 2018.

May 11, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Turmoil in Jerusalem, With Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook, CFR’s Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars, sits down w…

Podcast Palestinians run away as Israeli police fire a stun grenade during clashes at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 10, 2021.

January 7, 2020

Election 2020
The Killing of Qasem Soleimani

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Steven A. Cook, Philip H. Gordon, and Ray Takeyh join host James M. Lindsay to discuss the killing of Qasem Soleimani and…

Podcast Soleimani

October 15, 2019

Syria
The Turkish Invasion of Northern Syria, With Henri J. Barkey and Steven A. Cook

Henri J. Barkey and Steven A. Cook sit down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the U.S. military withdrawal from northern Syria, the Turkish incursion, and the response from others in the region. Barke…

Podcast Members of the Syrian National Army on top of an armored vehicle in Ceylanpinar, Turkey.

June 27, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Tahrir Square, Six Years Later: A Conversation with Steven A. Cook

Zenko is joined by Steven A. Cook, CFR's Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies. They discuss Cook's latest book, False Dawn, and U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa.

Podcast Cover of False Dawn by Steven A. Cook