Steven A. Cook is Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle East policy. He will deliver the talk, “The Middle East and Us: How Did it Get So Bad?” on Tuesday, April 7, 5:30pm, in the Villard Room of Main Building. This event, which is sponsored by the Office of the President, is free and open to the public.
Cook is the author of The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square (Oxford University Press, Fall 2011), which won the Washington Institute for Near East Policy's gold medal in 2012, a major prize for nonfiction. Prior to that, he wrote Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007) and has also published widely in foreign policy journals, opinion magazines, and newspapers. A frequent commentator on radio and television, Cook also currently writes the blog, "From the Potomac to the Euphrates."
Cook holds a BA in international studies from Vassar College, an MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and both an MA and PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks Arabic and Turkish and reads French.
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