On Friday, March 13, we hosted our inaugural Octavian Forum Conference Call with Octavian Report contributor and noted Middle East expert Dr. Steven A. Cook. You can listen to a replay of the call by clicking on the player above. If you’d like access to other Octavian Forum experts or would like to be included on future calls as a subscriber, please click here .
On the call, Dr. Cook shared his analysis and latest intelligence on various topics including the Iranian nuclear negotiations, Iraq and the struggle against ISIS, developments in Egypt, the role of the Gulf States, and broader trends in the Middle East. Dr. Cook is the Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of two books including The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square. Dr. Cook’s article in the launch issue of the Octavian Report, The Middle East’s Emerging Power: The Rise of the Emirates  was selected as a “Top Idea” by the Aspen Institute.