By Juan Cole / Informed CommentApr 6, 2017
The use of chemical weapons in Syria is an atrocity, but American politicians' outrage draws on myths of American exceptionalism and erosion of political memory . Dig deeper ( 5 Min. Read )
By Juan Cole / Informed CommentJan 2, 2017
The incoming Trump administration is riven by a profound division between those determined to avoid deep entanglements in the Middle East—such as the president-elect himself—and many he is putting in key positions, who want to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran. Dig deeper ( 6 Min. Read )
By Juan Cole / Informed CommentNov 30, 2016
Russia and Bashar al-Assad are not willing to risk Donald Trump changing his mind, what with all the hawks milling around him and on his new cabinet. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
By Juan Cole / Informed CommentSep 12, 2016
The truce, brokered by the U.S. and Russia, is to take effect Monday evening. Lebanon's Hezbollah forces have been fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad and get aid from Iran, which stressed that the agreement needs a “monitoring instrument." Dig deeper ( 2 Min. Read )
Natasha Hakimi Zapata / TruthdigMar 1, 2016
The second part of The New York Times' investigation into the U.S. approach in Libya is a scathing indictment of the former secretary of state's push for military intervention in the North African country five years ago. Dig deeper ( 3 Min. Read )
Juan Cole / TruthdigAug 18, 2015
In principle, the idea of streamlining the Iraqi government and making it more efficient is a capital one. But the reforms being pursued by Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi have to raise some questions about the direction the country is taking. Dig deeper ( 3 Min. Read )
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