Robert Naiman

Robert Naiman is Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy. Naiman has worked as a policy analyst and researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. He has masters degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Illinois and has studied and worked in the Middle East. You can contact him here.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 1:45pm
Elizabeth Warren: It Matters Greatly Who the Democratic President Is
An unfortunate fact of political debate is that one often feels compelled to state and re-state what one thinks should be obvious, because a bunch of folks are apparently having success at pretending that something which seems obviously true is not true. Right now, a bunch of people seem to be...
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Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 9:45am
To Help Thwart ISIS, Let's Take Baby Steps Away From Saudi Arabia and Turkey
Here's two things we know for sure from key advances of the Obama Administration's foreign policy: our relationships with other countries aren't set in stone, and the choices aren't merely "friend" and "foe." We can shake hands without getting married, and we can pivot away without getting divorced...
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Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 9:30am
House-Passed Visa Waiver Discrimination is Trump Lite
From time to time, people ask me where I'm from. "I'm from Arkansas," I say brightly. "You don't sound like you're from Arkansas," the people say suspiciously. (I think this roughly translates as: " You speak English like a Chicago Jew .") "No, really," I say. "You can check my birth certificate. I...
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Monday, December 7, 2015 - 3:45pm
Against ISIS in Syria, President Obama's Diplomacy Push Is Crucial
On Sunday night, President Obama addressed the nation on "keeping the American people safe." Here was President Obama's bullet point on diplomacy : Fourth, with American leadership, the international community has begun to establish a process -- and timeline -- to pursue ceasefires and a political...
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 3:45pm
Guess Who's Against a "Safe Zone" in Northern Syria? U.S.-Backed Kurds
Some folks would have you believe that it would be all unicorns and ponies in Syria if only President Obama weren't so reluctant to use military force. If only President Obama would send more ground troops, or establish a "safe zone" along the Turkey-Syria border, or impose a "no fly zone," or bomb...
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 8:15am
Let's Acknowledge That the Russians Love Their Children Too
Apparently some folks in Beirut couldn't get themselves completely jazzed about the global outpouring of sympathy for Parisians following the ISIS-Daesh attacks there on Friday. "What about us?" these Beirutis asked. "Are we chopped liver? Don't we have eyes, hands, organs, dimensions, senses,...
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 8:45am
Hillary Syria Fact Check: "Safe Zones" Equals "Ground Troops"
During the first Democratic presidential debate, the following exchange took place between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders about U.S. policy in Syria: [my emphasis] CLINTON: ... And, to -- provide safe zones so that people are not going to have to be flooding out of Syria at the rate they are...
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Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 1:00pm
Anderson Cooper: Opposing Illegal CIA Wars Is Unelectable
A key reason that the US has so many wars is that big US media have a strong pro-war, pro-Empire bias. You rarely see big US media badgering a politician for supporting a war that turned out to be a catastrophe. But it's commonplace for big US media to badger politicians for opposing wars, even...
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Friday, September 11, 2015 - 2:15pm
Sanders Should Challenge Clinton on Iran/Syria
Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gave a speech Wednesday in which she 1) re-affirmed her support for the Iran nuclear agreement and 2) asserted that as President, she would be very aggressive in enforcing the agreement and in challenging Iran on other fronts. Diplomacy advocates...
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Friday, July 24, 2015 - 6:45am
Is Scott Walker Less of an Extremist than Donald Trump?
Count me among the Democrats who are totally delighted that Donald Trump is running for the Republican nomination for President, that he is a frontrunner in polls of Republican voters, that he cannot be prevented from participating in the Fox News debate, that he is sucking oxygen from other...
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