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.

Yemeni refugees

Trump’s Generals Are Considering a Wider War in Yemen Trump’s Generals Are Considering a Wider War in Yemen

A humanitarian crisis already threatens to starve millions. Deeper US involvement in the civil war will only make it far worse.

Apr 3, 2017 / Juan Cole

Iraqi army in Mosul

If Trump Wants to Defeat ISIS, He’d Better Stop Alienating Muslims If Trump Wants to Defeat ISIS, He’d Better Stop Alienating Muslims

From the Salafi Muslims who beat the terrorists in Libya to the Shiite militias of Iraq, they are crucial allies in this fight.

Feb 15, 2017 / Editorial / Juan Cole

Mosul fight against ISIS

Trump’s Muslim Ban Hurts US Troops and Helps Islamist Extremists Trump’s Muslim Ban Hurts US Troops and Helps Islamist Extremists

The president has enraged Middle Eastern allies who are carrying the brunt of the fight against ISIS.

Jan 30, 2017 / Juan Cole

Rouhani

Iran, Angered Over Obama’s Renewal of Sanctions, Braces for Trump Iran, Angered Over Obama’s Renewal of Sanctions, Braces for Trump

Nothing would please Tehran’s hard-liners more than for the new US president to push Iran back into confrontational mode.

Dec 5, 2016 / Juan Cole

Donald Trump Iran

How Will Trump Reshape the Middle East? How Will Trump Reshape the Middle East?

If he follows through on his erratic statements, he could manage to alienate Russia, the Gulf monarchies, the EU, and Iran.

Nov 10, 2016 / Juan Cole

Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat

Did Medieval Muslims Invent Modern Secularism? Did Medieval Muslims Invent Modern Secularism?

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam was embraced by many Western intellectuals as an aid to their own secularization.

Nov 7, 2016 / Juan Cole

Offensive to retake Mosul

Will the Reconquest of Mosul Lead to the Breakup of Iraq? Will the Reconquest of Mosul Lead to the Breakup of Iraq?

The Arab world is divided, often along sectarian lines, on what to expect. 

Oct 31, 2016 / Juan Cole

Snowden on Privacy

Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Is a Horror Movie—and the Monster Is Our National Security State Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Is a Horror Movie—and the Monster Is Our National Security State

For Trump to have these instruments of power would be a catastrophe.

Sep 19, 2016 / Juan Cole

Erdogan Silhouette

What Should We Take Away from Turkey’s Almost-Coup? What Should We Take Away from Turkey’s Almost-Coup?

The attempted military coup in Turkey is sure to reverberate beyond its borders, leaving the United States and its NATO allies with decisions to make.

Jul 19, 2016 / Juan Cole

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The Istanbul Terror Attack May Force a Reckoning in Turkey’s Foreign Policy The Istanbul Terror Attack May Force a Reckoning in Turkey’s Foreign Policy

Ankara has already patched up relations with Israel and Russia—and Washington could be next.

Jul 6, 2016 / Juan Cole

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