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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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Disappointment (and a Little Hope) in First Foreign Policy Test of the New Congress
Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a bill—now headed to the House—which supports the continued presence of U.S. military forces in war zones in the greater Middle East. The “Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019,” which passed on a 77 to 23 vote, also increases...
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Lest one think that protecting civilian lives is a high priority for the United States, let’s remember that U.S. forces were responsible for many hundreds of civilian deaths in the assault on the Syrian city of Raqqa.(Photo: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters) Views
Thursday, January 03, 2019
Despite Everything, U.S. Troops Should Leave Syria
Donald Trump’s sudden decision to remove U.S. forces from Syria appears to have been impetuous and ill-considered — apparently a result of a conversation with Turkey’s autocratic president Recep Erdoğan. That doesn’t mean, however, that the United States should remain in that country. It’s quite...
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Congressman Eliot Engel of New York, speaking at a rally in 2013. (Photo: Thomas Altfather Good) Views
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Dems Eye Hawkish Eliot Engel to Chair House Foreign Affairs Committee
ongressman Eliot Engel, Democrat of New York, currently the ranking member of the House Foreign Relations Committee, will likely be the choice of the Democratic Party leadership to chair that influential committee when the new Democratic majority comes to office in January. In that role, he will...
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"Pence is less impulsive and therefore probably less dangerous than Trump in terms of starting a war or engaging in engaging in other really disastrous actions." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Impeach Away! Thoughts on a Possible President Pence
With the latest evidence of Donald Trump’s involvement in illegal activities and even more damaging revelations likely to come, there is now serious talk about impeachment, which would pave the way for Mike Pence to become President.Some pundits dismiss the possibility, noting Republican majorities...
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"Of course, there was no offer that the United States or its allies rein in their own nuclear programs." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, May 25, 2018
Pompeo’s Iran Speech a Prelude to War?
he United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech this past Monday targeting Iran may have created a new benchmark for hypocritical, arrogant, and entitled demands by the United States on foreign governments. The speech included gross misstatements regarding the seven-nation Joint...
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"Trump’s insistence that that the agreement is somehow advantageous to Iran and would allow it to develop nuclear weapons is completely ludicrous." (Photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster) Views
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Trump’s Dangerous Abrogation of the Iran Deal
The Trump Administration’s decision to pull the United States out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action —the landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China, and the United States—strikes a dangerous blow against arms control and international...
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He pegged the U.S. government as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”(Photo: Democracy Now!) Views
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Remembering Martin Luther King, the Radical for Peace
It is nothing short of tragic that the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4 arrives during a presidential administration containing some of the most overtly racist individuals to hold positions of such political power in generations. Most people learn...
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Thursday, December 07, 2017
Both Parties Pushed Trump Toward Reckless Action on Jerusalem
President Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that the U.S. embassy would be moved to that multi-ethnic and multi-faith city. No other government in the world formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital or has its...
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"In short, Congressional Democrats agreed with Trump that letting Israel’s right-wing leader Benjamin Netanyahu illegally establish settlements on occupied Palestinian territory doesn’t violate the Oslo Accords, but President Obama’s decision to abstain on a U.N. resolution opposing these illegal settlements does." (Photo: AVI OHAYON - GPO) Views
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Why Democrats Don’t Want to Talk about Flynn’s First Meeting with the Russians
The guilty plea by former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn for lying to FBI investigators centers around two meetings with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. One of those meetings—a December 29, 2016, gathering to discuss new sanctions by the Obama Administration over Russian...
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Saturday, April 08, 2017
Why These Missile Strikes Won’t Make Things Better for the Syrian People
The U.S. bombing of Syria’s Al Shayrat air base has brought more death and destruction to that country and is unlikely to deter additional war crimes by the Syrian regime. It will not ease the suffering of the Syrian people. But then it wasn’t actually meant to. The missile strikes had nothing to...
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