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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U.S. troops train some 25 miles from the Iraqi border, near Camp New York, on January 21, 2003, in Kuwait, Iraq. (Photo: Gilles Bassignac / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Today’s US-Iran Crisis Is Rooted in the Decision to Invade Iraq
The ramifications of the illegal, unnecessary and predictably tragic U.S. decision to invade Iraq are still with us. This includes the ongoing crisis with Iran, which brought us perilously close to all-out war in early January, resulted in the tragic downing of a civilian airliner and remains in a...
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Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) march during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, in the capital Tehran on September 22, 2018. (Photo: STR / AFP /Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, January 07, 2020
There Is Zero Actual Evidence Iran Is Responsible for Killing Hundreds of Americans
The skepticism expressed by some leading Democrats and the mainstream media regarding the U.S. assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani has been refreshing, after decades of bipartisan support for disastrous U.S. policies in the region. These critiques, not unreasonably, have acknowledged...
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Barkan, located in the occupied West Bank, is an Israeli residential settlement and industrial zone that houses around 120 factories that export around 80 percent of their goods abroad. In the background is the Palestinian village of Qarawat Bani Hassan. (Photo: David Silverman/HRW) Views
Friday, November 22, 2019
Trump’s Recognition of Israeli Settlements Is Rooted in Bipartisan Support
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement this week that the United States will no longer accept the international consensus on the illegality of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank should come as no surprise. Indeed, both Republicans and Democrats have been pushing for such a move...
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks to the media at a joint press conference in Tehran. (Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP) Views
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Trump’s Threats Towards Iran Aren’t Working. Here’s Why.
The Trump Administration has imposed sanctions against more than 1,000 Iranian entities, including Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, targeting almost every significant sector of that nation’s economy. But recently it reversed course , backing off its threat to sanction a top Iranian diplomat, Foreign...
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The Trump Administration is escalating the threat of nuclear conflict in Iran and elsewhere. (Photo: USAF) Views
Thursday, May 16, 2019
The Threat of War With Iran
The White House has ordered an aircraft carrier strike group off the coast of Iran and a fleet of bombers have flown to U.S. air bases near that country, while preliminary plans are apparently underway to send 120,000 U.S. troops to the region. Just as Iraq’s full compliance with its obligations...
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Violent deaths resulting from the war in Iraq are estimated at over 180,000 by the Iraq Body Count project, including over 4,400 dead U.S. armed forces. Over 34,000 members of U.S. armed forces were wounded. (Photo: Alicia M. Anderson, USMC) Views
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
The Other Reason Biden Shouldn’t Run
Anyone wondering about former Vice-President Joe Biden’s fitness for the presidency ought to be concerned about the recent allegations of inappropriate touching. But there is another issue that deserves consideration: his key role in making possible an inappropriate and utterly disastrous war. As...
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President Trump has signed a proclamation to formally recognize Golan Heights as Israeli territory. (Photo: Mark A. Wilson) Views
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
U.S. Recognition of Israel’s Golan Annexation a Threat to World Order
The Trump Administration’s decision to recognize Israel’s illegal annexation of the Golan Heights—Syrian territory seized in the June 1967 war—marks a serious violation of fundamental principles of international law. The inadmissibility of any country expanding its territory by force is a...
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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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