Steven A. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and
director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars 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 False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence
in the New Middle East; The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square, which won the
2012 gold medal from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and Ruling but Not
Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey. Oxford
University Press is publishing his next book, The End Of Ambition: America’s Past, Present, and
Future in the Middle East in 2022.
Cook is a columnist at Foreign Policy magazine. He has also published widely in international
affairs journals, opinion magazines, and newspapers, and is a frequent commentator on radio and
television. His work can also be found on CFR.org.
Prior to joining CFR, Cook was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution (2001–02) and a
Soref research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (1995–96).
Cook holds a BA in international studies from Vassar College, an MA in international relations
from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and an MA and a
PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks Arabic and Turkish and
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