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.

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Turkey Is Making the Kurds’ Fight Against ISIS Impossible Turkey Is Making the Kurds’ Fight Against ISIS Impossible

Turkey’s president has not only managed to weaken US support for its Kurdish allies, but his war is dividing the Kurdish front.

Aug 6, 2015 / Juan Cole

Mullah Omar Painting

If the Taliban Reconquer Afghanistan, Does It Matter If Mullah Omar Died? If the Taliban Reconquer Afghanistan, Does It Matter If Mullah Omar Died?

In all likelihood, the story of his death is being co-opted by various factions in Afghanistan for their own purposes.

Jul 30, 2015 / Juan Cole

ISIS Member with Flag

Did ISIL Arise Partly Because of Climate Change? Did ISIL Arise Partly Because of Climate Change?

Martin O’Malley was ridiculed by the right for correctly noting the role of climate-induced drought in causing Syria’s instability. The bad news is that this is only the beginning.

Jul 24, 2015 / Juan Cole

Iran Nuclear Deal Celebrations

Can Washington and Tehran Finally Escape Their Pathological Past? Can Washington and Tehran Finally Escape Their Pathological Past?

Yes, but only if they begin behaving like responsible governments instead of causes.

Jul 15, 2015 / Juan Cole

Bill O'Reilly Islamophobia

Fox News and Right-Wing Radio Have Helped Racists Broadcast Islamophobic Vitriol to Millions Fox News and Right-Wing Radio Have Helped Racists Broadcast Islamophobic Vitriol to Millions

The dangerous propaganda being promoted by hate groups is putting American Muslims at risk.

Jul 9, 2015 / Juan Cole

Vigil for beach resort attack in Tunisia.

Can Tunisia’s Democracy Survive Terrorism? Can Tunisia’s Democracy Survive Terrorism?

Some Tunisians fear that the government’s proposed solution to deal with violent radicals will undo the victories of the 2011 revolution.

Jun 29, 2015 / Juan Cole

Female Kurdish Soldier

Are Leftist, Feminist Kurds About to Deliver the Coup de Grâce to ISIL in Syria? Are Leftist, Feminist Kurds About to Deliver the Coup de Grâce to ISIL in Syria?

We may very well see the faux caliph chased from his capital by feminist socialists.

Jun 26, 2015 / Juan Cole

Poster of Morsi

Is the Death Sentence on Egypt’s Morsi a Death Sentence on Egypt? Is the Death Sentence on Egypt’s Morsi a Death Sentence on Egypt?

Support for the Muslim Brotherhood has fallen, but they still command a sizable minority.

Jun 18, 2015 / Juan Cole

One Year After the Fall of Mosul, Is Iraq Winning the War Against ISIS?

One Year After the Fall of Mosul, Is Iraq Winning the War Against ISIS? One Year After the Fall of Mosul, Is Iraq Winning the War Against ISIS?

While the US and Iraqi response is in disarray, the Islamic State is containable.

Jun 11, 2015 / Blog / Juan Cole

What’s Wrong With Robert Kaplan’s Nostalgia for Empire

What’s Wrong With Robert Kaplan’s Nostalgia for Empire What’s Wrong With Robert Kaplan’s Nostalgia for Empire

The idea that further Western imperialism could now bring order to the Middle East is the ultimate anachronism.

May 26, 2015 / Blog / Juan Cole

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