Ira Chernus is a professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research focuses on the discourse of peace, war, foreign policy, and nationalism in the United States.


Who Lost the World?

Romney’s handling of the Benghazi episode capitalizes on a foundational myth of U.S. politics: that the world is America’s to lose.

Obama’s Israel-Palestine Gamble

Has the Obama administration capitulated to Israel or made a shrewd calculation?

Inching toward Compromise in the Middle East

To reach a peace settlement in the Middle East, the United States has to put pressure on Israel and reach out to Hamas.

‘Palestinians’ without ‘Palestine’

Netanyahu’s recent speech in favor of a Palestinian state contained several contradictory elements that cleverly undermined its central message.

Annotate This: Obama’s Speech on National Security

With all his talk of war and terrorism, the president seems to be edging closer to the stances of the previous administration.

Bush’s Israel Problem — And Ours

The fear factor prevents an easy solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. What are Israeli Jews afraid of?

60-Second Expert: Religion and Empire

American foreign policy is built on a deep foundation of Christian theology.

The Theology of American Empire

Ira Chernus writes that Americans crave a foreign policy based on moral conviction. Neoconservatives have offered one version. The left must provide a different one.

    Israel, Middle East, Terrorism/Counter-terrorism, U.S. Military/Security Policy