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Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations to give a talk, “False Dawn: Protest, Democracy and Violence in the New Middle East” on Monday, October 30, 2017

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations will discuss why the recent Arab uprisings failed and have led to more repression and conflict, and the role of the U.S. in the Middle East on Monday, October 30, 6pm in Rockefeller Hall Room 300.  This event is free and open to the public.

Steven A. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle East policy. Cook is the author of False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East; The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square, which won the Washington Institute for Near East Policy's gold medal in 2012; and Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey.

This event is sponsored by Vassar College, the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley and the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College.

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, September 28, 2017