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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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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Friday, March 14, 2014 - 1:17pm
Straight Talk on the US and Ukraine
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Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 10:23am
Egyptian Junta Claims U.S. Conspiracy While Accepting U.S. Support
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Members of Albu Alwan tribe protest against a military operation in Fallujah city, western Iraq, Jan. 7. (EPA/Mohammed Jalil) Views
Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 3:15pm
The US Role in Iraq's Upsurge in Violence
The tragic upsurge of violence in Iraq in recent months, including the temporary takeover of sections of two major Iraqi cities by al-Qaida affiliates, is a direct consequence of the repression of peaceful dissent by the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad and, ultimately, of the 2003 U.S. invasion...
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Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 11:07pm
Obama Ignores Morocco’s Illegal Occupation and Human Rights Abuses
Late last month, President Barack Obama met with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI in Washington for their first face-to-face meeting.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 4:05pm
Congress vs. Obama on Iran
Hardliners in Tehran are not happy with the recent rapprochement between the United States and Iran and the related progress in negotiations to address Western concerns about the Iranian nuclear program.
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