Adil E. Shamoo

Adil E. Shamoo is a senior analyst at Foreign Policy In Focus, and a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He writes on ethics and public policy. He can be reached at: ashamoo@umaryland.edu.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 8:45am
The US Should Not Accompany Saudi Arabia Over the Cliff
Like other totalitarian regimes that have no legitimacy and no base of support, the Saudis are wrapping themselves in religion. Saddam Hussein in the 1990s and currently Bashar al-Assad – the heads of the Baath party in Iraq and Syria – both played the religious card. However, Baathist doctrine in...
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Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 10:15am
How U.S. Interventions Dismembered the Middle East
For the last few decades in the Middle East, the policy of western powers — led by the United States — has been to ensure the flow of oil; maintain stable and secure allies like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the Gulf States, Egypt, and Israel; and maintain military and economic influence when...
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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 6:45am
How to Confront ISIS
The atrocities of ISIS become more shocking every day. In June, the Iraqis exhumed nearly 600 bodies of Shia recruits in Tikrit, an important Sunni Triangle city north of Baghdad. ISIS appears to have executed as many as 1,700 Iraqis and buried them in mass graves. Last summer, when ISIS gained...
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 1:00am
Autocrats United Against Yemen
The latest war in the Middle East is now well underway in Yemen, where airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition have killed hundreds and plunged the Arab world’s poorest country into a deepening humanitarian crisis . The target of the strikes are Yemen’s Houthi rebels, Zaydi Shiite resistance fighters...
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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:45pm
Why ISIS Exists
The Middle East is suffering the blowback from rotten U.S. policies, disastrous wars, and cultural turmoil. ISIS and its ilk are one result. ISIS — or the so-called “Islamic State” — is the latest and most horrifying iteration of the modern terror groups that have plagued the region in recent years...
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Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 1:15pm
Treat ISIS Like an Onion
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a symptom—not the cause—of turbulence in the Middle East. It is a symptom of oppressive, corrupt, and undemocratic regimes supported and manipulated by the United States, Europe, and Iraq’s neighbors, including Iran, to serve their own interests. ISIS,...
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After helping to precipitate Iraq’s slide into sectarian violence, the U.S. should not make matters worse by providing money or arms or boots on the ground to a fundamentally compromised Iraqi government. (Photo: U.S. Army / Flickr) Views
Friday, July 4, 2014 - 8:30am
US Forces: Stay Out of Iraq
The headlines and pundits alike are spouting the traditional clichés about Iraq: Baghdad is falling. Iraq is splitting into three parts. Shias and Sunnis have been fighting for a thousand years. We heard many of the same claims during the heightened sectarian conflict in Iraq from 2005 to 2007. But...
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Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 3:19pm
Forget Red Lines: Obama Should Eat His Words on Syria
The good news? President Obama’s surprise decision to consult Congress about launching a U.S. strike on Syria has returned crucial powers to the people’s representatives, allowing a much-needed public discussion about the U.S. stake—or lack thereof—in Syria’s civil war.
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Monday, August 19, 2013 - 10:53am
Egypt’s Treacherous Road
Egyptians continue to find themselves in the throes of a revolution that began in January of 2011. Rarely are these easy periods for any nation, but now the darkness of oppression has brought the worst upon the people of Egypt.
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Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 12:57pm
On the Brink of Another War of Choice
President Barack Obama stands on the brink of engaging the United States in another war of choice in the Middle East.
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