Monthly Meeting

Thursday, May 2, 2019
Cocktails – 6:30 pm; Dinner – 7:00
University Club – Main Dining Room Room
Tampa City Center – Top Floor


On Thursday, May 2, 2019, we are pleased to welcome Steven A. Cook, Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations. His remarks are titled “Current Developments in Turkey,” particularly relevant after the recent surprise election results.

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Steven Cook is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle East policy. Dr. 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 Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s gold medal in 2012; and Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey.

Copies of False Dawn will be available for purchase for $20 – cash or check only.

Dr. Cook has published widely in foreign policy journals, opinion magazines, and newspapers, and he is a frequent commentator on radio and television. He also currently writes the CFR blog From the Potomac to the Euphrates.

Prior to joining CFR, Dr. Cook was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution (2001-2002) and a Soref research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (1995-1996).

Dr. 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 both an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks Arabic and Turkish and reads French.