Council on Foreign Relations' Steven Cook on a 'False Dawn' in The Middle East

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A Turkish police officer, patrols at the entrance of US consulate in Istanbul, on October 9, 2017. Turkey on October 9, 2017 urged the United States to reverse a decision to halt the issuing of all regular visas at American consulates in the country, in a row that risks a major crisis. Ankara hit back at the US move — sparked by the arrest of an Istanbul consulate staffer — with a similar halt by Turkey's missions in the US. Analysts warned the dispute risked becoming the most serious row between the two NATO allies in decades. (Photo: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. and Turkey have mutually suspended visa services, effectively blocking travel between the two countries. The suspensions come after a U.S. consulate employee was arrested in Istanbul last week. Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Steven Cook joins Forum for an update on U.S.-Turkey relations and to discuss his new book “False Dawn,” about why he thinks the Middle East uprisings from 2010-2013 failed, and why violence and autocracy continue in the region.

Steven Cook, senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies, Council on Foreign Relations; author, "False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East"

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