From the Potomac to the Euphrates

Cook examines developments in the Middle East and their resonance in Washington.

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Mohammed bin Salman, then Saudi deputy crown prince, in France, June 24, 2015 (REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp

This article was originally published here on on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. Read More

November 13, 2017

Turkey: Friend or Frenemy? A Tangled Relationship Keeps Getting Worse

After last year’s failed coup and Erdogan’s brutal crackdown, our relationship with Turkey has gone south fast.

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October 23, 2017

Iraq, the Kurds and Me: What Went Wrong in Kirkuk?

I didn’t expect Iraq to use military force against the Kurds. And I believed, or hoped, the U.S. would step in.

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October 12, 2017

The American Alliance With Turkey Was Built on a Myth

It's time to realize that Washington and Ankara share neither values nor interests, and that their partnership cannot return to its Cold War heyday.

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