Steven A. Cook
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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?

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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.

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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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