Stephen Zunes, a Foreign Policy In Focus columnist and senior analyst, is a professor of Politics and chair of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco. He is the author, along with Jacob Mundy, of Western Sahara: War, Nationalism, and Conflict Irresolution (Syracuse University Press, 2010).
What can we do in Syria? Unfortunately, not much.
The United States is in no position to take leadership in response to any use of such weaponry by Syria
The Israel lobby is responsible for its fair share of catastrophes–but the Iraq war is not among them.
Western intervention–ostensibly on humanitarian grounds–is largely responsible for the Malian crisis in the first place.
President Obama’s selection of John Kerry as the next secretary of state sends the wrong signal to America’s allies and adversaries alike.
The mainstream media was too willing to focus on spurious criticisms of Susan Rice from the right while ignoring legitimate criticisms from the left.
Steadfast diplomatic and military U.S. support helped enable Israeli violations of international humanitarian law in Gaza.
The most disturbing aspect of the final presidential debate was the similarity between the two candidates on many basic foreign policy issues.
Though a supporter of Israel’s right to exist, George McGovern also became an outspoken opponent of its human rights abuses.
Anti-democratic forces in both the United States and the Arab world are using widespread embassy protests to discredit the pro-democracy movement.
Did an FPIF columnist convince Barack Obama to oppose the Iraq war?
Democratic leaders have put the Israeli right wing ahead of both human rights and the party’s own membership.
A new resolution casts such a wide net over anti-Semitism that it includes legitimate opposition to Israeli policies.
Unconditional U.S. support gave the Israelis the confidence that they could literally get away with murder, even if it involved a U.S. citizen.
Activists should expand the boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign that targets Israel to include Morocco
It’s the height of hypocrisy for the United States to criticize arms transfers to governments for use on innocent civilians.
Congress is trying to tie the president’s hands on Iran–and it’s about hegemony, not security.
Democrats joined Republicans in passing a new bill that makes peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors all the more difficult
Israeli acts of aggression continue to enjoy broad bipartisan support in Congress, even from so-called “progressive heroes.”
Although the impulse to try to end the ongoing repression by the Syrian regime against its own people through foreign military intervention is understandable, it would be a very bad idea.