Stephen Zunes

Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco. A regular contributor to The Progressive, he serves as a senior policy analyst for the Institute for Policy Studies, and is an advisor for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.


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Erdogan’s plebiscite may grant him many years of authoritarian rule even in a society increasingly demanding democracy and justice. The question is what role the United States is going to play. more

Apr 20, 2017 12:56 PM Dispatches

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Paul Keller

With no direct threat to the national security of the United States and with no Congressional authorization, such use of force was illegal. more

Apr 7, 2017 12:05 PM Dispatches


John Englart

Claiming that the BDS movement is “anti-Semitic,” the Trump Administration and state legislatures are moving to punish those protesting the Israeli occupation of Palestine. more

Mar 22, 2017 2:00 PM Dispatches

Trump’s ignorance of the region will make him even more dependent on his advisers than most Presidents. And that’s not good news. more

Dec 22, 2016 3:33 PM Dispatches

Progressives are experiencing whiplash as prominent conservatives show support for Putin. more

Sep 15, 2016 4:06 PM Dispatches 6 Comments

Uzbekistan is ranked among the half dozen worst countries in the world for human-rights abuses. more

Sep 7, 2016 2:52 PM Dispatches

Even if Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, the war would still have been wrong. more

Jul 13, 2016 5:19 PM Dispatches 2 Comments

Have we already begun to enlist the 49 dead in Orlando into the project of American empire? more

Jun 15, 2016 12:48 AM Dispatches 7 Comments

What kind of rules of engagement would she support for U.S. forces in the “War on Terror?” more

May 26, 2016 6:29 PM Dispatches 3 Comments

Ever more autocratic, Erdoğan remains genuinely popular. more

May 13, 2016 8:32 PM Dispatches

Which one is really alienating their base? more

Apr 18, 2016 4:34 PM Dispatches

How will she behave as a president? more

Apr 14, 2016 2:53 PM Op-Eds 1 Comments

On at least sixteen previous occasions, President Obama assured the American people that there would be “no boots on the ground.” more

Nov 5, 2015 4:04 PM Dispatches 3 Comments

Reaching an interim nuclear deal with Iran would have been difficult enough even without hardliners in both Iran and the United States seeking to undermine them. more

Apr 5, 2015 3:07 PM Dispatches

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of Congress on March 3 was unprecedented in many ways. more

Mar 4, 2015 7:37 PM Dispatches 6 Comments

The United States has been bombing Iraq on and off for nearly a quarter century and things have only gotten worse, for the people of Iraq, and for the security interests of Iraq’s neighbors and ultimately for the United States. more

Aug 26, 2014 3:48 PM Dispatches 3 Comments

He took advantage of the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teens to whip up ultra-nationalism. more

Jul 9, 2014 3:40 PM Dispatches 8 Comments

The dramatic rise of the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—which even al-Qaeda deemed too extreme to remain part of its network—is a tragedy by any measure.  It would also be tragic if we allowed the very forces that created this m... more

Jun 20, 2014 4:14 PM Dispatches 3 Comments

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