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Juan R.I. Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He has written extensively on modern Islamic...


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Anger Translation: Why Obama Was Ranting Against GOP Climate Policy at Press Dinner (Video)

The Comedy Central show “Key and Peele” made famous a bit by Keegan-Michael Key on President Obama called “Luther, the anger translator,” which plays on the president’s laid-back approach to controversial issues. But at the annual White House Correspondents’ dinner, Obama outdid “Luther” in ranting against climate denialism.

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10 Ways to Prove You Love the Earth on Earth Day

I was a junior in high school on April 22, 1970, on the first Earth Day, when environmentalism meant something different than it does now.

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Iran’s Khamenei: U.S. Invented the Nuclear Myth; Iran Will Never Invade Another Country (Video)

The clerical leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, gave a speech on Sunday in which he urged that Iran maintain its military readiness in order to fend off any hostile invasion or attack. But, he said, “Iran has never invaded a country and never will.”

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As the U.S. Consulate in Irbil, Iraq, Is Bombed, Can America Still Do Diplomacy in the Middle East?

A bombing that killed three people and wounded 10 on Saturday outside the consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan raises an important question about the U.S. diplomatic presence in the eastern reaches of the Middle East: Is it still possible for diplomats to do their work this way?

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Why It Doesn’t Matter if Iraq’s Ezzat al-Douri Was Killed (Video)

The currently partly unemployed Iraqi governor of Salahuddin Province, displaced from much of his territory by Daesh (Islamic State), maintains that Ezzat al-Douri, former Baath vice president of Iraq under Saddam Hussein, has been killed by Shiite militias in a firefight north of Tikrit in the Hamrin mountains.

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Islamic State Surrounds 300 Sunni Families in Iraq, Closes In on Ramadi (Video)

Islamic State (also known as Daesh) has taken new territory in the western Al-Anbar Province of Iraq and may be on the verge of taking the provincial capital, Ramadi, a week after they were decisively defeated in Tikrit in the south of Salahuddin Province.

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Putin Explains to Netanyahu: Iran’s Air Defense System Is, Like, Defensive

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday with regard to the Russian Federation’s decision to go ahead with the sale to Iran of S-300 anti-aircraft batteries.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE

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Juan Cole
Juan Cole
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Juan R.I. Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He has written extensively on modern Islamic movements in Egypt, the Persian Gulf and South Asia and has given numerous media interviews on the war on terrorism and the Iraq War. He lived in various parts of the Muslim world for nearly 10 years and continues to travel widely there. He speaks Arabic, Farsi and Urdu.

His most recent book is “The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East” (2014) and his books “Engaging the Muslim World”,  “Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East” were published in 2009 and 2007.

Cole was the recipient of the Hudson Research Professorship in 2003, the Award for Research in Turkey in 1999, and the Fulbright-Hays Islamic Civilization Postdoctoral Award in 1985-86. In November 2004, he was elected president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and in 2006 was the recipient of Hunter College’s James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. At the University of Michigan, Cole served as director for the center of South Asian studies from 2009- 2012, and served as director for the center for Middle Eastern and North African studies from 2012-2013.

Cole holds a B.A. in history and literature of religions from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in Arabic studies/history from American University in Cairo. In 1984 he completed his Ph.D. in Islamic studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.


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