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).


Biden, Iraq, and Obama’s Betrayal

Obama’s choice of Biden as running mate repudiates his anti-war supporters.

U.S. Role in Georgia Crisis

The United States did not simply watch from the sidelines during the war between Russia and Georgia.

African Dictatorships and Double Standards

Washington has rightly condemned human rights abuses in Zimbabwe. So why not Equatorial Guinea?

Sharp Attack Unwarranted

The campaign against Gene Sharp and the Albert Einstein Institution is beyond bizarre.

Obama’s Right Turn?

In his recent AIPAC speech, Barack Obama veers right.

Lebanon Intrusion

Congress inserts itself into Lebanon’s civil strife with a strongly worded resolutionCongress inserts itself into Lebanon’s civil strife with a strongly worded resolution.

Estonia’s Singing Revolution

Music can change hearts and minds, and help bring down empires.

Clinton’s GWU Iraq Speech

On March 17, Hillary Clinton gave a speech at George Washington University outlining her plans to de-escalate U.S. military involvement in Iraq. Stephen Zunes annotates her statements.

Letter to My Daughter

On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a father discusses the war with his daughter.

Strategic Dialogue: Kosovo

Was the United States too hasty in recognizing the new state of Kosovo? Ian Williams and Stephen Zunes have different takes.

Kosovo and the Politics of Recognition

The United States should have thought twice about rushing to recognize the new state of Kosovo.

Teachers and the War

Why has the American Federation of Teachers distanced itself from the union mainstream and supported the Iraq War?

Behind Obama and Clinton

You can tell a great deal about presidential candidates by the people who whisper in their ears.

Bush’s Last State of the Union

Stephen Zunes tells you the real story behind the president’s latest speech.

Arming the Middle East

To contain Iran, the administration is on the verge of upping the arms ante in the Middle East, and the Dems are giving it a pass.

Nonviolent Action and Pro-Democracy Struggles

The United States is not behind the democratic revolutions against dictators. Popular movements are.

Barack Obama on Diplomacy

With his preference for diplomacy over militarism, we must neither be naïve about Barack Obama’s limitations nor cynical about his potential.

Still No Peace

Despite his recent visit to the region, President Bush’s policy is still undermining Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Barack Obama on the Middle East

Barack Obama on the Middle East: Is it wise to hope that as president, Obama would be more progressive than he is letting on?

Lantos’ Tarnished Legacy

There’s no question that the Congressman’s personal history is both courageous and noble but most peace and justice activists have found Lantos as a very inconsistent human rights advocate.

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