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Juan Cole

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Juan Cole

Juan Cole (@jricole) is director of the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Michigan and author of The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East (Simon & Schuster, 2014).


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We haven’t heard the last of the generation that made revolution in Egypt and across the Middle East.

What history should teach us about blockading Iran.

Covert operations have now assumed a dominant—and destructive—role in US foreign policy.

The massive popular protests that shook the globe this year have much in common, though most of the reporting on them in the mainstream media has obscured the similarities.

The “Arab Spring” has received copious attention in the American media, but one of its crucial elements has been largely overlooked: the striking role of women in the protests sweeping the Arab world.

The UN allies now rolling back Qaddafi are doing a good thing, whatever you think of some of their individual leaders.

Is the Middle East swinging back into a new liberal period?

What the Tunisian Revoluton and WikiLeaks tell us about American support for corrupt dictatorships in the Muslim World.

At each stop of his visit to Asia, Obama has bumped up against the limits of American economic and diplomatic clout in the new Asian world order.


Hint: it’s not to pressure the US into striking a better deal with Iran.
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The attack in Paris was all about polarizing the French and European public. 
From plummeting petroleum prices to political unrest, it has been decades since the fortunes of the kingdom were so much in doubt.
Now that President Obama has broken the taboo on recognizing Cuba, he should send a US ambassador to Palestine as a prerequisite for a...
Poverty doesn’t cause terrorism, but poor countries face special problems in dealing with it.