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Steven A. Cook
The Muddled East
The Middle Eastern Revolutions That Never Were

The democratic dreams of the Arab Spring have become nightmares of instability and authoritarianism. What went wrong? And what, if anything, should America do about it?

More Chaos to Come
Turkey Comes Undone

Why Turkish voters’ rejection of the AKP will likely lead to a period of political paralysis and instability.

Elections in Turkey
No Way Out

It seems to have dawned on some in the AKP elite that Erdogan is becoming a problem. But is there anyone who can check him?

America’s Radical Idealists Strike Again

Did Bush’s “forward strategy for freedom” birth the Arab Spring? Umm, no.

Disentangling Alliances

Downsize U.S. policy to match U.S. influence.

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Trouble in Brussels

After threatening Putin with new sanctions over Syria, European leaders discover they lack the political will to deliver.

The United States is now going to have to figure out how to help Venezuela avoid completely melting down, with the Venezuelan strongman still at the helm.

Fear the Airpocalypse

Companies are defying orders to cut back on air pollution.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Philippine officials sought to clarify Duterte’s comments on separating from the U.S., but the situation is still murky.

Reefer Madness

Is it Gary Johnson’s world? Not necessarily.


Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin thinks Moscow can add 4 million barrels per day in the coming years.

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