Middle East Perspectives: Does the mid-east think America is going crazy?
A consummate catalyst for lively discussion on the mid-east, Council on Foreign Relations’ Steven A. Cook postulates that, “The Emiratis are concerned about the pathological polarization they see and what it might mean for their ties with the United States…The region may feel far away, but the United States still has important interests and goals there.”
If our speaker is right, achieving them will be harder so long as U.S. partners, however flawed, regard the United States as untrustworthy, incompetent, and downright crazy.
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.
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