Juan Cole

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Juan Cole, the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, is the author, most recently, of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: A New Translation From the Persian.

Saudi Princes

The Saudi Crown Prince Auditions for Trump as ‘Policeman of the Middle East’ The Saudi Crown Prince Auditions for Trump as ‘Policeman of the Middle East’

But with friends like this—a repressive monarch, a war criminal, and a sectarian ideologue—who needs enemies?

Mar 20, 2018 / Juan Cole

Qatar's Al Thani and Turkey's Erdogan

David and Goliath: How Qatar Defeated the Saudi and UAE Annexation Plot David and Goliath: How Qatar Defeated the Saudi and UAE Annexation Plot

Emir Sheikh Tamim’s refusal to even discuss the Saudi/UAE demands has made him a national hero in Qatar.

Feb 16, 2018 / Juan Cole

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The Death of a Dictator Leaves Yemen a Worse Mess The Death of a Dictator Leaves Yemen a Worse Mess

Ali Abdullah Saleh’s life is emblematic of the way the bright hopes of Arab nationalism have disintegrated into sectarianism.

Dec 11, 2017 / Juan Cole

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Saudi Arabia’s Rivalry With Iran Is Further Destabilizing the Middle East Saudi Arabia’s Rivalry With Iran Is Further Destabilizing the Middle East

Riyadh’s divide-and-rule strategy has yielded few successes, and it hasn’t made a dent in Iran’s regional influence.

Nov 27, 2017 / Juan Cole

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What Russia’s Syria Intervention Tells Us About Its Interference in the US Election What Russia’s Syria Intervention Tells Us About Its Interference in the US Election

Playing on ethnic and racial divisions has become a hallmark of crony-capitalist Russia.

Nov 6, 2017 / Juan Cole

Neo-Nazis Charlottesville

Charlottesville: Is America Becoming the Middle East? Charlottesville: Is America Becoming the Middle East?

 Our neo-imperial wars may be coming home to roost.

Aug 16, 2017 / Juan Cole

Turkish Journalists Trial

Turkey’s Great Terror Turkey’s Great Terror

Recep Erdogan has turned his country into a gulag state, branding millions of citizens as terrorists.

Aug 11, 2017 / Juan Cole

US and YPG Military

ISIS’s Days in Syria Are Numbered, but Does Trump Have More Wars to Fight There? ISIS’s Days in Syria Are Numbered, but Does Trump Have More Wars to Fight There?

Both Damascus and Ankara are afraid Washington may establish a long-term military base in the Syrian Kurdish northeast.

Aug 3, 2017 / Juan Cole

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Why Don’t Internationalists Care About Yemen? Why Don’t Internationalists Care About Yemen?

Saudi-led airstrikes are creating hundreds of Guernicas a month in northern Yemen.

Jul 25, 2017 / Juan Cole

Even as ISIL Fades, States of Emergency Are Becoming Permanent

Even as ISIL Fades, States of Emergency Are Becoming Permanent Even as ISIL Fades, States of Emergency Are Becoming Permanent

From Egypt to Turkey to France, governments are exploiting the fear of terrorism to seize power.

Jul 13, 2017 / Juan Cole

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