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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Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 4:45pm
Turkey’s New “War on Terror” Mainly Targeting Kurds
What was at first announced as a new Turkish turn toward attacks on Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) on Friday has quickly become largely a campaign against Kurds instead . It is being alleged that the Turkish Air Force launched dozens of strikes against bases of the Kurdistan Workers Party over the border in...
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Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 3:15pm
Obama in Kenya: Why the Horn of Africa Matters to Geopolitics
President Obama’s visit to Kenya is of course personal, though he has been there before both as a civilian and as a senator. But it does also have a geopolitical and economic dimension. Kenya is a country of roughly 46 million people, about the same as Spain. But its nominal gross domestic product...
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Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 7:15am
South Carolina Removes the Physical Flag: Can It Remove the Spiritual Illness of Racial Discrimination?
The South Carolina legislature has voted to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the statehouse. It was put there in 1961 as a show of defiance against the Civil Rights movement, i.e. against the demand that the system of legally-imposed segregation of African-Americans cease. But, as I...
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Monday, July 6, 2015 - 7:00am
Is Greece’s “No” on Debt Referendum another Youth Revolution?
During the past 5 years, the old categories of politics– left, right, center or capitalist and socialist– have been challenged by a new one, that of youth. What the Millennials want has begun to matter in addition to the other factors. That Greece has a left-wing government run by the Syriza Party...
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 2:00pm
Jeb!: Another Disaster from the Bush Family Makes His Move for the White House
Jeb Bush announced his run for president on Monday. It is hard to know what his Middle East policy would be from his wibbly wobbly pronouncements, but that it would be imperial and aggressive can be deduced from his foreign policy advisory team, including Neoconservatives such as Paul Wolfowitz,...
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 9:30am
Implications for ICC? SCOTUS Jerusalem Decision Shows Limits of Israel Lobbies
It has been the position of the US presidents for decades that the status of Jerusalem in international law is unsettled. That is why the US embassy is in Tel Aviv, and why US passports showing the place of birth as Jerusalem just list the name of the city without indicating a country. The Supreme...
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Friday, May 29, 2015 - 10:45am
How Mainstream is Bernie Sanders?
Sen. Bernie Sanders, the presidential candidate for the Democratic nomination, has trouble being taken seriously by the corporate media, what with him being a democratic socialist and all. If you go to Google News and put in his name, you get headlines about him being nothing more than a protest...
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Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 8:00am
US Kneejerk Support for Israeli Nukes Torpedoes UN Disarmament Talks
After four weeks of negotiations, a revised UN treaty on nuclear disarmament has been torpedoed by the United States, leaving the issue of global disarmament dead in the water for the next five years. Non-nuclear states are furious at Washington and also fearful that in the absence of an agreement...
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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 2:45pm
Washington Asks, 'Who Lost Ramadi?' But Washington Never Had Ramadi
The inside-the-Beltway debate set off by the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) on Sunday is, as usual, Dadaistic in its disconnection from reality. Republican talking points blame Barack Obama for withdrawing US troops from Iraq in 2011, as though Daesh suddenly began in 2012...
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 10:15am
Did Jeb Bush Just Commit a War Crime in Justifying the Iraq War?
Jeb Bush’s people are trying to walk back his disastrous interview with Megyn Kelly in which he said that even if he knew then what we all know now, he would have launched the war on Iraq in 2003. It is true that he doesn’t seem to have been very clear-headed in his answer. He blamed “the...
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