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Juan Cole

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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Is the NSA Responsible for North Korea’s Hack of Sony Pictures?

In all the discussions of what is alleged to be North Korea’s horrible cybervandalism against Sony Pictures, I haven’t seen anyone bring up a key issue: The National Security Agency has been for two decades a powerful behind-the-scenes lobby for weak Internet encryption and privacy protocols.

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Kurds Inflict First Major Defeat on Islamic State, Rescue Yezidis of Sinjar

The pan-Arab London daily, Al-Hayat reports that the Iraqi Kurdistan paramilitary, the Peshmerga, have taken Mt. Sinjar from Daesh (what Arabs call Islamic State).

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Tunisia: Nationalist Candidate’s Claimed Win in Presidential Poll Contested

The major political parties do fairly sophisticated exit polling in Tunisian elections now, and secular, nationalist warhorse Beji Caid Essebsi claimed a victory of some 52 or 53 percent on Sunday evening.

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Here Are 5 Countries Where Solar Power Is Making a Revolution

Ironically, developing countries of the global south who don’t have enough electricity can leapfrog conventional power and go straight to solar and wind.

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Top 7 Ways Assassination Fails the U.S. as Policy

Wikileaks has released a government assessment of drone strikes aimed at assassinating top leaders.

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Cuba: Top 5 Other Dictatorships With Which the U.S. Has Diplomatic Relations

The U.S. sanctions on Cuba were justified by their supporters with reference to the Communist government’s human rights record. That record, bad as it is, however, cannot explain the sanctions.

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Problems Pakistani Politics Has to Resolve After Grisly Peshawar School Attack

Pakistan politics has been mired in stagnation for some time now.

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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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