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).


Despite Horrific Repression, the U.S. Should Stay Out of Syria

What can we do in Syria? Unfortunately, not much.

The U.S. and Chemical Weapons: No Leg to Stand On

The United States is in no position to take leadership in response to any use of such weaponry by Syria

Don’t Blame the Iraq Debacle on the Israel Lobby

The Israel lobby is responsible for its fair share of catastrophes–but the Iraq war is not among them.

The Mali Blowback: More to Come?

Western intervention–ostensibly on humanitarian grounds–is largely responsible for the Malian crisis in the first place.

The Case Against Kerry

President Obama’s selection of John Kerry as the next secretary of state sends the wrong signal to America’s allies and adversaries alike.

Susan Rice Would Have Been a Bad Secretary of State Anyway

The mainstream media was too willing to focus on spurious criticisms of Susan Rice from the right while ignoring legitimate criticisms from the left.

Abetting the Carnage in Gaza

Steadfast diplomatic and military U.S. support helped enable Israeli violations of international humanitarian law in Gaza.

Obama, Romney, and the Foreign Policy Debate

The most disturbing aspect of the final presidential debate was the similarity between the two candidates on many basic foreign policy issues.

McGovern’s Progressive Leadership on Middle East Policy

Though a supporter of Israel’s right to exist, George McGovern also became an outspoken opponent of its human rights abuses.

Embassy Protests and Middle East Unrest in Context

Anti-democratic forces in both the United States and the Arab world are using widespread embassy protests to discredit the pro-democracy movement.

The Case Against War: Ten Years Later

Did an FPIF columnist convince Barack Obama to oppose the Iraq war?

Democratic Leaders Undermine Israeli-Palestinian Peace and Their Own Procedures

Democratic leaders have put the Israeli right wing ahead of both human rights and the party’s own membership.

California State Assembly Seeks to Stifle Debate on Israel

A new resolution casts such a wide net over anti-Semitism that it includes legitimate opposition to Israeli policies.

U.S. Shares Responsibility for Rachel Corrie’s Death

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.

Divesting from All Occupations

Activists should expand the boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign that targets Israel to include Morocco

U.S. in No Position to Condemn Alleged Russian Transfer of Helicopter Gunships to Syrian Regime

It’s the height of hypocrisy for the United States to criticize arms transfers to governments for use on innocent civilians.

Congress Pushes for War with Iran

Congress is trying to tie the president’s hands on Iran–and it’s about hegemony, not security.

Bipartisan Assault on Middle East Peace

Democrats joined Republicans in passing a new bill that makes peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors all the more difficult

Remembering Israel’s West Bank Offensive

Israeli acts of aggression continue to enjoy broad bipartisan support in Congress, even from so-called “progressive heroes.”

Military Intervention in Syria is a Bad Idea

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.

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