Fortune Telling in the Middle East

Steven Cook

October 6, 2017 8:00 AM    Breakfast

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The seeds of democratic hope planted in the Arab Spring of 2011 have so far yielded a bitter harvest – civil war, some failing states and a return to authoritarian rule from Syria to Egypt. Steven Cook, an expert on the Middle East at the Council on Foreign Relations, will talk to a LAWAC Global Café breakfast meeting about why the optimism that spread across the region after the Tahrir Square uprising in Cairo in 2011 has been dashed, and why violence, not debate, continues to dominate political discourse in the Middle East. And yet he will also argue that change is happening at a deeper level, and the Middle East cannot go back to where it was before Tahrir Square. He will also talk about the future of Recep Erdogan’s Turkey, with its increasingly autocratic rule and its shift away from the West towards Russia – even though it is still a NATO member.

Steven Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle East policy, and speaks both Arabic and Turkish. Cook is the author of False Dawn: Protest, Democracy and Violence in the New Middle East (2017)The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square (2011); and Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria and Turkey (2007).

Cook holds a BA in international studies from Vassar College, an MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and both an MA and a PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks Arabic and Turkish and reads French.

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