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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Monday, August 15, 2016 - 8:30am
How Blocking the Saudi Arms Deal Could Help Stop Lame Duck TPP
In this strategy memo on why progressive Democrats and Empire-skeptic Republicans should do what they reasonably can to assist efforts to block the recently proposed Saudi arms deal, I will cover four points. 1. What's going on 2. Why this is a winnable fight 3. Why blocking/trying to block the...
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Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 11:00am
Super Tuesday: Sanders Defeats Debs
Every American on the left knows that when labor leader Eugene Debs ran for President in 1920 as a socialist, he got a million votes. I don't know if Howard Zinn would approve this message, but by this standard, Team Sanders is arguably kicking Debs' butt. Bernie Sanders has more than a million...
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Friday, February 19, 2016 - 11:15am
How Secretary of State Clinton Enabled the Coup in Honduras
On June 28, 2009, when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, democratically elected Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was overthrown by a military coup. The United Nations, the European Union, and the Organization of American States condemned the coup, and on July 5, Honduras was suspended from...
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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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