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).


Syrian Repression, the Chinese-Russian Veto, and U.S. Hypocrisy

The Russian and Chinese veto of the moderate and reasonable UN Security Council resolution was unconscionable, but the United States may have its own hypocrisy to thank.

Obama Ad Condemns Israel Aid Opponents

A Facebook advertisement sends the message that the Obama campaign does not welcome concerns about human rights.

Iran Threat Reduction Act Actually Enhances Threat of War

Never before has Congress restricted the right of the White House or State Department to meet with representatives of a foreign state, as this bill proposes.

Obama to Aid Uzbek Dictatorship

Washington is courting a dictator in order to continue its war in Afghanistan.

Answering Obama’s UN Address

Until there is a change in the Obama administration’s policies, the president has little credibility in preaching to the world about the importance of peace.

Washington Okays Attack on Unarmed U.S. Ship

Nine people were killed when Israel intercepted Gaza-bound aid ships last year. Now a new flotilla is planned, but Instead of condemning the murder, the Obama administration appears to be giving the right-wing Israeli government a green light to flout international law and human rights.

60-Second Expert: Yemen

The United States must stop providing military support for the autocratic regime in Yemen.

Obama’s Mideast Speech: Two Steps Back, One Step Forward

Barack Obama’s Mideast speech shows that the United States has not yet adapted to the regional realities brought about by the Arab Spring.

Yemen on the Edge

Democratic protests have nearly dislodged the autocratic leader of Yemen, yet the Obama administration has yet to commit fully to a post-Saleh era.

Bin Laden May Be Dead But His Grievances Live On

The grievances expressed in bin Laden’s manifestoes can still replenish the ranks of jihadis.

Pro-Democracy Protests Spread to Oman

Another autocratic U.S. ally in the Arab world faces a non-violent challenge.

America Blows It on Bahrain

The non-violent pro-democracy struggle in Bahrain has failed to gain support from the Obama administration.

Why Egypt Will Not Turn Into Another Iran

The protests in Egypt will produce a democracy, not a theocracy.

The United States and the Prospects for Democracy in Islamic Countries

Tunisia is not the only democracy movement in the Muslim world, but will the United States provide consistent support to them all?

Pro-Democracy Uprising Fails to Keep Washington From Backing Tunisian Dictatorship

In recent decades, largely nonviolent insurrections such as Tunisia’s have toppled corrupt authoritarian rulers from the Philippines to Serbia to the Ukraine.

Israel Represses Israelis and Congress Approves

Congress has turned a blind eye to the Israeli government’s repression of its own citizens.

The U.S. Deserves Its Share of Blame for Fate of Arab Christians

The U.S. invaded Iraq despite warnings that its Christians would suffer reprisals.

Cynical Maneuvering by Democratic Leaders Quashes Recognition of a Palestinian State

Democrats push through yet another anti-Palestinian resolution.

Fraudulent Egyptian Election

Despite last month’s fraudulent parliamentary elections, the Obama administration appears to continue its support for the Mubarak dictatorship in the face of growing popular resistance.

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