Steven A. Cook, Foreign Policy

Steven A. Cook

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Past articles by Steven:

The Deeper Reason Netanyahu Won’t Arm Ukraine Against Russia

Jerusalem’s ties to Moscow are partly about security. They’re also about illiberalism. → Read More

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Why Palestinian Flags and 'Free Palestine' Banners Won't Change Anything

Protests at the World Cup are basically meaningless on the ground, where a conflict exists that has no solution. → Read More

How U.S. Support for Syrian Kurds Actually Benefits Erdogan

Washington’s relationship with the YPG is a useful foil for the Turkish president ahead of the 2023 election. → Read More

Biden Was Always Going to Need Saudi Arabia

Trying to make Mohammed bin Salman a “pariah” was bound to fail. → Read More

The BDS Movement Has Already Lost

Where it counts—in the halls of government and boardrooms—the effort to boycott Israel doesn’t even register. → Read More

The Middle East’s Kumbaya Moment Won’t Last

The diplomatic resets and outreach underway are just competition by another means. → Read More

America’s Middle East Friendships Are Dying a Natural Death

It’s time to recognize they were living on borrowed time. → Read More

Islamism Is Ready for a Comeback

The death of political Islam in the Middle East has been greatly exaggerated. → Read More

Erdogan Has Never Been in This Much Trouble

Surrounded by rivals amid a collapsing economy, the Turkish president is facing the longest odds of his life. → Read More

Why Dictators Always Pretend to Love the Law

There’s something farcical—but entirely rational—about the way authoritarians such as Egypt’s Sisi invoke legal justifications for repression. → Read More

Unvaccinated Police Officers Could Become America’s Own Insurgents

Iraq and Egypt show how hard it is to get rid of a militarized security force. → Read More

Democracy Was Never Going to Stop Islamist Terrorism

Twenty years after 9/11, U.S. policy in the Middle East is still based on a fundamental mistake. → Read More

Cracks Are Growing in the Erdogan Regime

Turkey is more politically unstable today than at any other point in recent years. → Read More

The Short Arc of History of Ben Rhodes and Generation X

Ben Rhodes’s new book about global politics reveals the limits of the Obama administration’s worldview. → Read More

How Sisi's Egypt Beat Biden’s Human Rights Policy

Egypt is again proving useful to the United States—for now. → Read More

The Biden Administration Doesn't Know Why Syria Matters

Why is the United States still struggling to figure out what to do about the Assad regime? → Read More

From Saudi Arabia to Syria, Who Is Hot and Who Is Not in the Middle East

The Biden administration wants to downgrade the region. Here are the countries he can ignore—and the ones he can’t. → Read More

Biden’s Foreign-Policy Values Aren’t ‘Normal’

The new president wants his strategy to seem reassuring. It’s anything but. → Read More

America Needs Protection. So Does the Regime.

The U.S. military secured Joe Biden’s inauguration. But the new administration also needs to treat the armed forces as a potential threat. → Read More

America’s Vaccine Diplomacy Is AWOL in the Middle East

China and Russia are spreading their vaccines—and forging new ties—to some of Washington’s closest allies. → Read More