Steven A. Cook

Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Steven A. Cook is the 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 EastThe 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.

Cook is a columnist at Foreign Policy magazine. He has also published widely in international affairs journals, opinion magazines, and newspapers, and he is a frequent commentator on radio and television. His work can be found on his 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 University School of Advanced International Studies, and an MA and a PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Turkey’s Resurgence as a Regional Power Confronts a Fractured GCC

This paper reviews how Turkish-Gulf Arab relations have developed in recent years, particularly following the end of the main civil war in Syria.

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Turkey and the GCC: Cooperation Amid Diverging Interests

The GCC countries view Turkey as an indispensable Sunni ally and counterweight to Iran, but a difficult, and at times unreliable, partner.