Stephen Zunes

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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Friday, January 13, 2017 - 8:00am
Once Again, Democrats Are Blowing It on Middle East Peace
n the waning days of the Obama administration, House Democrats dealt a shocking rebuke to President Obama’s moderate foreign policy legacy and effectively endorsed the incoming Trump administration’s hardline views on Israel. On January 5, a majority of House Democrats joined virtually every...
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Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 2:45pm
Obama's Support for International Law Draws Bipartisan Ire
Here’s one way to look at it: The United States was the only country in the fifteen-member U.N. Security Council that did not support a resolution passed last week criticizing Israel for continuing to expand illegal settlements in the occupied territories. On the other hand, the Obama...
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 9:45am
Trump's Frightening Picks for U.S. Policy in the Middle East
Among the many disturbing appointments by President-elect Donald Trump are the people charged with conducting U.S. policy in the Middle East. Trump’s ignorance of the region will make him even more dependent on his advisers than most Presidents. And that’s not good news. Rex Tillerson ,Trump’s...
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 11:45am
Anti-War Movement Must Listen to Voices Within Syria's Civil War
With the prospects of increased U.S. military involvement in Syria, peace activists have been mobilizing across the country. Recognizing the disastrous results of recent U.S. military interventions, the suspicions throughout the region regarding Washington's motivations, and the lack of any major...
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Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 8:30am
Millennial Apathy and a Possible President Trump
Despite the widely recognized shellacking of Donald Trump by Hillary Clinton in Monday night’s debate, polls show that the presidential race remains surprisingly and disturbingly close. There are a number of reasons for this, including the historical tendency for an incumbent party to lose support...
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Shakes Hands With President Karimov of Uzbekistan in Samarkand, November 2015 News
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 12:15pm
The Death of One of Washington’s Favorite Tyrants
T he death of long-time Uzbekistan dictator Islam Karimov has brought rare U.S. media attention to the Central Asian country of 30 million. Uzbekistan is ranked among the half dozen worst countries in the world for human-rights abuses. What U.S. government officials and our media mostly ignore,...
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Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 9:45am
Republicans, Democrats Alike Still Level Threats at Iran
The 2015 Iran nuclear deal should have curbed the longstanding bellicose rhetoric coming from Republican and Democratic political leaders toward the Muslim country. Signed by Iran and six other nations (including the United States) and ratified by the United Nations Security Council, the...
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Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 8:30am
"Most Progressive Dem Platform in History" Disturbingly Hawkish on Foreign Policy
The Democratic Party platform may indeed be, as some have proclaimed, the “most progressive” in the history of the party—at least on various important domestic issues. But some of its foreign policy planks reflect a disturbingly hawkish worldview consistent with those of Democratic nominee Hillary...
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 11:00am
The Good News and the Bad News About Turkey’s Attempted Coup
The survival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Welfare Party of an attempted coup last week is a mixed blessing. Despite the ultra-conservative policies and creeping authoritarianism of the Erdogan regime, Turks from across the political spectrum opposed the coup...
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Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 10:45am
Pick Your Poison: Clinton Vs. Trump on Foreign Policy
I n their remarks to the nation following the Orlando massacre, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump made their differences—and disturbing similarities—crystal clear. Trump attacked Hillary Clinton for refusing to label the violence carried out by a mentally-disturbed American-born gunmen of Muslim...
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