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June 4, 2024

Middle East and North Africa
U.S. Policy in the Middle East, With Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook, the Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the United States’ past, present, and future policy in the Mi…

Podcast Members of the U.S. military retire its ceremonial flags signifying the end of their presence in Iraq at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center on December 15, 2011.

June 12, 2024

Middle East and North Africa
CFR Fellows’ Book Launch Series: The End of Ambition: America’s Past, Present, and Future in the Middle East by Steven Cook

In The End of Ambition, Steven A. Cook boldly claims that despite setbacks and moral costs, the United States has had a record of success in the Middle East. Yet, beginning in the 1990s, those achiev…

Play Steven Cook speaks on CFR stage.

June 3, 2024

U.S. Foreign Policy
It Is Time to Renew America’s Purpose in the Middle East, Writes Steven A. Cook in New Book

As the Israel-Hamas war continues and U.S. policymakers seek to contain the conflict and deter Iran, Steven A. Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) writes in a timely and important new book…

April 2, 2024

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The War in Gaza, With Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook, the Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the state of the conflict in the Gaza Strip, the prospects fo…

Podcast Palestinians inspect damage at Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, on April 1, 2024, after Israeli troops withdrew.

April 16, 2024

Iran
Iran’s Attack on Israel, With Steven Cook and Ray Takeyh

Steven Cook, the Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at CFR, and Ray Takeyh, the Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle East studies at CFR, sit down with James M. L…

Podcast An Israeli missile defense system in Ashkelon, Israel, fires at incoming Iranian missiles and drones on April 14, 2024.

March 21, 2024

United States
CFR Welcomes Steven Bennett as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes Steven Bennett as executive vice president and chief administrative officer, where he will work on strategic, financial, and management issues. Bennett…

December 5, 2023

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Renewed Fighting in Gaza, With Steven Cook

Steven Cook, the Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the collapse of the temporary ceasefire in Gaza and the future o…

Podcast Israeli soldiers stand amid rubble in the northern Gaza Strip on November 8, 2023.

August 8, 2023

Food and Water Security
Global Food Insecurity, With Caitlin Welsh

Caitlin Welsh, director of the Global Food and Water Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how Russia’s war on Ukraine and…

Podcast Sacks of wheat from Ukraine in a warehouse in Adama, Ethiopia on January 12, 2023.

May 29, 2024

Middle East and North Africa
Oil and National Security: U.S.-Middle East Relations

Steven Cook discusses the modern history of U.S. involvement in the Middle East and how economic interests, including secure access to oil reserves, continue to influence U.S. priorities in the regio…

Play US oil refinery at dawn.