Stephen Zunes

Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he serves as coordinator of the program in Middle Eastern Studies. Recognized as one the country’s leading scholars of U.S. Middle East policy and of strategic nonviolent action, Professor Zunes serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, a contributing editor of Tikkun, and co-chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 6:15am
Powerful Nonviolent Resistance to Armed Conflict in Yemen
While media coverage of the tragic situation unfolding in Yemen in recent months has focused on armed clashes and other violence, there has also been widespread and ongoing nonviolent civil resistance employed by a number of different actors. In fact, the most significant setbacks to the Huthi...
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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 3:00pm
How the US Contributed to Yemen’s Crisis
As a Saudi-led military coalition continues to pound rebel targets in Yemen, the country is plunging into a humanitarian crisis. Civilian casualties are mounting. With U.S. logistical support, the Saudis are attempting to re-instate the country’s exiled government — which enjoys the backing of the...
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Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 7:45am
Hardliners on All Sides Undermining Iran's Nuclear Talks
Reaching an interim nuclear deal with Iran would have been difficult enough even without hardliners in both Iran and the United States seeking to undermine them. Many U.S. critics of the draft treaty deny this, however, naively assuming Iran is as weak as it was several decades ago, when foreigner...
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Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 8:30am
Netanyahu Still Swaying US Congress
Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of Congress on March 3 was unprecedented in many ways. It constituted a major breach of protocol, in that it was the first time the Speaker of the House has extended such an invitation without consulting the Administration or...
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Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 7:45am
Gaza and the Bipartisan War on Human Rights
Israel’s seven weeks of attacks this summer on heavily populated civilian neighborhoods in Gaza has led to unprecedented concern among Americans who, while still broadly supportive of Israel, found the attacks to be disproportionate and unnecessary . Close to 1,500 Palestinian civilians in Gaza...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 3:45pm
US Leadership Against Russia Crippled By Its Own Hypocrisy
The fragile ceasefire between the U.S.-backed Ukrainian government and Russian-backed rebels could help pave the way to a peaceful resolution to the conflict—or simply postpone a worsening of the crisis. Unfortunately, Washington’s leadership of international efforts against Russian aggression has...
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 7:00am
The US and ISIS
At the start of classes one year ago, I was having to explain to my students why the United States appeared to be on the verge of going to war against the Syrian government. At the beginning of this semester, exactly one year later, I’m having to explain to my students why the United States may be...
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A Palestinian argues with Israeli border police in Jerusalem on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. (Photo: AP) Views
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 2:30am
US Culpability in the Failure of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks
The murder of three Israeli youth by unknown Palestinians and the less-publicized but equally tragic murder of three Palestinian youth by Israelis, along with Israeli bombing of urban areas in Gaza and the arrest and detention of hundreds of Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces, serves as a...
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 8:15am
The United States' Tragic Role in Iraq
The dramatic rise of the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—which even al-Qaeda deemed too extreme to remain part of its network—is a tragedy by any measure. It would also be tragic if we allowed the very forces that created this mess to explain it away. Despite claims by the Bush...
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In a sign of how absurd U.S. Middle East policy has become, the White House has characterized Palestine’s membership in international human rights conventions–which would entail new human rights obligations for the Palestinian Authority–as a “threat to Israel.” (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Views
Friday, June 6, 2014 - 1:45pm
US Culpability in the Failure of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks
The Obama administration deserves much of the blame for the failure of the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks . It had originally been hoped that the United States would present a binding framework along the lines of what moderate Israeli and Palestinian political leaders had agreed to...
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