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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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Terror and Geopolitics: Manchester in 2017 and in 1996

Although decades apart, both terrorist attacks were reactions against a history of colonialism.

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Trump’s Speech on Islam Is Just as Bizarre as Everything Else He Does

The president’s speech in Saudi Arabia was written by senior adviser Stephen Miller, who once organized Orwellian “Two Minutes Hate” sessions against Muslims.

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Trump to Make Speech on Islam During Saudi Arabia Visit

The president’s address is said to have been written by adviser Stephen Miller, a notoriously far-right critic of Muslims. What could possibly go wrong?

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GOP Proves It’s Not ‘the Security Party’

A Republican president is scaring our allies away from tight cooperation against terrorism. (Pictured, Trump with a Russian diplomat.)

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The U.S. and Turkey Are Deeply Divided Over Syria Policy

Two really big egos met at the White House this week, as Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan consulted with Donald Trump. They have different priorities on Syria.

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Trump Doesn’t Understand the Concept of ‘Classified’

By bragging to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (pictured, right) and others, the president may have endangered a spy who courageously penetrated Islamic State.

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James Clapper May Be Right About Trump, but He’s the Wrong Messenger

The former director of National Intelligence has issues of his own and should not be the poster boy for objections to the president’s assault on U.S. institutions.

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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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