Turkey: From Democratic Hope to Authoritarian Reality
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Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Steven A. 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. Cook is the author of The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square, which won The Washington Institute for Near East Policy's gold medal book prize in 2012, and Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey. His new book on the Middle East uprisings will be published by Oxford University Press in 2017.
Cook has published widely in foreign policy journals, opinion magazines, and newspapers, and he is a frequent commentator on radio and television. He currently writes the blog From the Potomac to the Euphrates and contributes to The Atlantic magazine. Prior to joining CFR, Cook was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution (2001–2002) and a Soref research fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (1995–1996).
Cook holds a B.A. in international studies from Vassar College, an M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and both an M.A. and Ph.D in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks Arabic and Turkish, and reads French. Follow him on Twitter @stevenacook.