Mohamad Bazzi


Mohamad Bazzi, a journalism professor at New York University, is a former Middle East bureau chief at Newsday. He is writing a book on the proxy wars between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Dark Days for Syria

Dark Days for Syria Dark Days for Syria

The Syrian president is is facing unprecedented pressure rooted in grievances over government repression, corruption, a weak economy and lack of civil liberties. He cannot hunker d...

Apr 27, 2011 / Editorial / Mohamad Bazzi

The Syrian Crackdown The Syrian Crackdown

The Obama administration's diplomatic engagement with Damascus should not come at the expense of democracy and human rights activists.

Feb 26, 2010 / Mohamad Bazzi

Bush’s Islamist Enemies List Bush’s Islamist Enemies List

By conflating Al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah, the President displays his ignorance--and could be laying the groundwork for attacks by Israel on Hamas and Hezbollah.

May 20, 2008 / Feature / Mohamad Bazzi

Muqtada al-Sadr’s Power Grab Muqtada al-Sadr’s Power Grab

The bad boy of Iraqi politics is going back to school. al-Sadr's plan to become an ayatollah has enormous implications for Iraqis and the United States.

Dec 21, 2007 / Feature / Mohamad Bazzi

Syria’s Dangerous Gambits Syria’s Dangerous Gambits

Ostracized by the Bush Administration, Syria is flirting with rogue status. But if Washington restarts dialogue, there is plenty of room for common ground.

Nov 12, 2007 / Feature / Mohamad Bazzi

Lebanon’s Bloody Summer Lebanon’s Bloody Summer

Rocked by violence and sectarian hatred, Lebanon faces its presidential elections in paralysis, bound to a political system that's no longer viable and stymied over what kind of co...

Jul 10, 2007 / Feature / Mohamad Bazzi

The Saudi Paradox The Saudi Paradox

Recent anti-American rhetoric from the desert kingdom should not be taken at face value.

Apr 10, 2007 / Feature / Mohamad Bazzi

The CIA’s Italian Job The CIA’s Italian Job

The story of Hassan Nasr, a victim of "extraordinary rendition" who was interrogated and tortured in Egypt for four years, is finally being told.

Mar 30, 2007 / Feature / Mohamad Bazzi

Blowback in Lebanon Blowback in Lebanon

One big and underreported reason for Lebanon's slide toward civil war is blowback from Iraq. Fearing the sectarian bloodbath in Iraq and Iran's growing regional influence, Lebanese...

Jan 31, 2007 / Feature / Mohamad Bazzi

People’s Revolt in Lebanon People’s Revolt in Lebanon

By empowering the dispossessed, Hezbollah has become a formidable force that is threatening the US-backed Lebanese government.

Dec 20, 2006 / Feature / Mohamad Bazzi