Juan Cole

Juan Cole teaches Middle Eastern and South Asian history at the University of Michigan. His new book, The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East (Simon and Schuster), will officially be published July 1st. He is also the author of Engaging the Muslim World and Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East (both Palgrave Macmillan). He has appeared widely on television, radio and on op-ed pages as a commentator on Middle East affairs, and has a regular column at Salon.com. He has written, edited, or translated 14 books and has authored 60 journal articles. His weblog on the contemporary Middle East is Informed Comment.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 8:00am
4 Things More Dangerous to Israel Than Iran’s Civilian Nuclear Enrichment
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s strident and continual harping on the alleged dangers of Iran to Israel’s security. Netanyahu has raised this issue repeatedly over the past 20 years, often predicting that Iran was as little as a year away from having a nuclear warhead. Decades later, it...
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Friday, February 13, 2015 - 9:15am
'American Terrorist': Middle East reacts to Murder of 3 Muslim-American Students in N Carolina
If American mass media seemed reluctant to cover the murder of three Muslims students at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as a hate crime, the same was not true in the Middle East, where strong opinions were aroused. Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan criticized President Barack Obama and...
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 9:15am
When You’ve Lost Bernie Sanders: How Netanyahu Destroyed the Israel Lobby
Senator Bernie Sanders, the most consistent and prominent progressive in the US Senate, has decided to skip the speech of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Congress on March 3, which was orchestrated by Israel’s ambassador to the US Ron Dermer and Speaker of the House John Boehner in an...
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Friday, February 6, 2015 - 7:15am
Is ISIL’s ‘Shock and Awe’ More Awe-ful Because One Victim?
The Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) burning of a captured Jordanian pilot alive produced justified revulsion globally, resulting in the terrorist organization being termed “barbarous” and similar epithets. Why did it behave this way? Because it wants to terrify its opponents into submission and underline that...
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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 7:30am
Why the Israeli-Hizbullah Tit for Tat Probably Won’t Turn to War
Last week an Israeli helicopter gunship targeted Hizbullah outposts in Syria southwest of Damascus, near the front with the rebel Support Front (Syria al-Qaeda), which controls the Golan Heights on the Syrian side. These outposts were not in fact bordering Israel or likely aimed at Israel, but...
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Friday, January 16, 2015 - 9:45am
Top 7 Things to Know about Belgium Police Operation That Left 2 Dead
Belgian police launched a counter-terrorism operation on Thursday in the eastern city of Verviers (pop. 56,000) near the German border. Verviers is one of the towns in Belgium that has a large number of Muslims, with many of the young men in that community being unemployed. Belgium is a country of...
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Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 12:30pm
President Obama’s Biggest Mideast Policy Challenges in 2015
Barack Obama wanted to be the president who got the US out of Afghanistan and Iraq, and turned America’s diplomatic energies to the more promising Pacific Rim. 2014 was the year in which he failed decisively at these objectives. He has had to keep 10,000 US military personnel in Afghanistan, given...
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Friday, January 2, 2015 - 9:30am
What Would Happen If the Int’l Criminal Court Indicted Israel’s Netanyahu?
If the International Criminal Court takes up Israeli government actions in the occupied Palestinian territories, it could well find specific officials guilty of breaches of the Rome Statute of 2002 . Article 7 forbids “Crimes against Humanity,” which are systematically repeated war crimes. Among...
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 7:45am
In Peshawar Attack, A Desperate Pakistani Taliban On Display
On Tuesday, six members of the Movement of Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan or TTP) invaded a school for children run by the Pakistani army in Peshawar The Pakistani military counter-attacked, with early reports of dozens killed and wounded in the cross fire. Some of the Taliban were...
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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 8:15am
The Banality of Terrorism: Sydney’s other Hostage Crisis, of 1984
IC doesn’t usually cover hostage-taking, since it is an artificial and manipulative criminal act. Any two-bit thug can grab someone off the street and push them into a car, and subsequently kill them. It doesn’t take intelligence or any other admirable quality, just brutishness. One’s heart goes...
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