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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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 7:00am
Khamenei: US Invented Nuclear Myth; Iran Will Never Invade Another Country
The clerical leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, gave a speech on Sunday in which he urged that Iran maintain its military readiness in order to fend off any hostile invasion or attack. But, he said, “Iran has never invaded a country and never will.” He also called US charges that Iran is seeking a...
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Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 8:15am
US History of Coup-Making Overshadows Obama's Outreach to Iran, Latin American Left
President Obama met with Cuban President Raoul Castro for an hour on Saturday, and the two made progress on plans to restore diplomatic relations. Before the meeting, Obama said , “I think that after 50 years of policy that had not changed on the part of the United States, it was my belief that it...
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 11:00am
Netanyahu Slips, Reveals Reason for Opposition to Iran Deal
US television news isn’t very good and it has clearly gotten worse over the past 20 years. In the aftermath of the Kerry-Zarif initial framework deal on nuclear energy in Iran, it seems obvious that an interview with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif would be newsworthy. But to my...
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Monday, April 6, 2015 - 8:00am
Do GOP Frontrunners Have an Iran Policy Besides Sanctions and Bombs?
President Barack Obama’s negotiations with Iran to ensure that its nuclear enrichment program remains purely civilian, for generating electricity, ought to be bipartisan in spirit. Achieving that goal would benefit all Americans. The GOP presidential field in particular and the Republican Party in...
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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 7:45am
Israel’s Netanyahu Jumps Shark with “Iran-Lausanne-Yemen” Axis Barb
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, no longer allowed to sit at the adult table because of his past food fights, has been reduced, as Haaretz observed, to whining from the sidelines. Now he is complaining about an “Iran-Lausanne-Yemen” axis. The negotiations between Iran and the P5 + 1 (the...
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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 9:00am
What’s Religion Got To Do with It? German Co-Pilot as Terrorist
Once it became clear that Andreas Lubitz, 28, deliberately crashed Germanwings Flight 9525, a reporter immediately asked “what was his religion?” (Parent company Lufthansa said they didn’t know). Authorities said there was no evidence it was “terrorism.” Lubitz is from Rhineland-Palatinate, known...
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Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:00am
Washington’s Two Air Wars: With Iran in Iraq, With Saudis (Against Iran) in Yemen
The United States is now involved in two air wars in the Middle East, not to mention more widespread drone actions. US fighter jets have, at the request of the Iraqi government of Haydar al-Abadi, begun bombing Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) positions in Tikrit , according to al-Hayat (Life). Initially, the US...
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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:45am
All the Wars and Coups of President Ted Cruz
Texas Senator Ted Cruz, one of three Cuban-Americans in the Senate, is throwing his hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential race today. Cruz has made a career out of slamming President Obama for being weak and presiding over the collapse of countries like Yemen (as though Cruz could have done...
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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 12:00pm
Obama with Drama: Translating his comments on Israel’s Netanyahu from the Vulcan
Now that Leonard Nimoy is most unfortunately no longer with us, Barack Obama is the primary exemplar in American popular culture of the maddeningly calm, excruciatingly logical way of speaking that Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry forever associated with the alien race, the Vulcans and the...
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Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 9:30am
Syria: As al-Qaeda Defeats ‘Moderate’ US Allies, Will US Ally with al-Qaeda?
President Obama’s impossibly complicated plan for dealing with ISIL involves a de facto alliance with Iran in Iraq, and training up a ‘third force,’ essentially creating a new, ‘moderate’ Free Syrian Army to attack al-Qaeda and ISIL. Training an effective new fighting force will likely take 15...
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