Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies. A native of North Carolina, Professor Zunes received his PhD. from Cornell University, his M.A. from Temple University and his B.A. from Oberlin College. He has previously served on the faculty of Ithaca College, the University of Puget Sound, and Whitman College. He serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, and chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.
Professor Zunes is the author of scores of articles for scholarly and general readership on Middle Eastern politics, U.S. foreign policy, international terrorism, nuclear nonproliferation, strategic nonviolent action, and human rights. He is the principal editor of Nonviolent Social Movements (Blackwell Publishers, 1999), the author of the highly-acclaimed Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism (Common Courage Press, 2003) and co-author (with Jacob Mundy) of the forthcoming Western Sahara: Nationalism, Conflict, and International Accountability (Syracuse University Press.)
He has been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship on Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies at Dartmouth College and a Human Rights Fellowship at the Center for Law and Global Justice at the University of San Francisco. He has also served as a research associate for the Center for Global, International and Regional Studies at the University of California--Santa Cruz. He has been a recipient of a Joseph J. Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies as well as research grants through the Institute for Global Security Studies, the United States Institute of Peace, and the International Resource Center. In the early 1990s, Dr. Zunes served as founding director of the Institute for a New Middle East Policy in Seattle. In 2002, he won recognition from the Peace and Justice Studies Association as Peace Scholar of the Year.
Dr. Zunes has made frequent visits to the Middle East and other conflict regions, where he has met with top government officials, academics, journalists and opposition leaders.
Dr. Zunes is a foreign affairs columnist for the National Catholic Reporter and a regular contributor to the Common Dreams website and Tikkun magazine. His op-ed columns have appeared in major daily newspapers throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. In addition, he has spoken at over 80 colleges and universities and scores of community groups and is a frequent guest on National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio, PBS, BBC, MSNBC and other media outlets for analysis on breaking world events. He serves as a consultant and board member for a number of peace and human rights organizations in both the United States and overseas.
Stephen Zunes' Recent Articles:
-Obama and Israel's Military: Still Arm-in-Arm, Foreign Policy in Focus, March 4, 2009 -The U.S. and the Afghan Tragedy, Foreign Policy in Focus, Feb. 18, 2009 -Obama Gathering a Flock of Hawks to Oversee U.S. Foreign Policy, Alternet, Jan. 30, 2009 -Holbrooke: Insensitive Choice for a Sensitive Region, Foreign Policy in Focus, Jan. 29, 2009 -Daring to Hope on the Washington Mall, Alternet, Jan. 21, 2009 -Congress Defends Israeli War Crimes in Gaza, Alternet, Jan. 13, 2009 -America's Hidden Role in Hamas's Rise to Power, Alternet, Jan. 4, 2009 -Hillary Clinton Brings Militaristic Record to State Department, Alternet, Dec. 2, 2008 -Hillary Clinton's Disdain for International Law -- Change We Can Believe In? , Alternet , Dec. 1, 2008 -Haidar's Nonviolent Struggle in Western Sahara, Foreign Policy in Focus, Oct. 7, 2008 -The United States and Bolivia, Foreign Policy in Focus, Sept. 18, 2008 -The U.S. and Georgia, Huffington Post, Aug. 17, 2008 -Washington's Hypocrisy Over African Dictatorships, Huffington Post, Jul. 1, 2008 -Kosovo and the Politics of Recognition, Foreign Policy in Focus, Feb. 21, 2008
Topics Covered: • U.S. Middle East Policy • Israel/Palestine • Iraq • Iran • Afghanistan • U.S. Foreign Policy and Human Rights • The Power of Nonviolent Action • Strengthening the Movement for Peace and Justice the Middle East
U.S. Middle East Policy
The Power of Nonviolent Action
Pro-Democracy Struggles and Strategic Nonviolent Action
Strengthening the Movement for Peace and Justice the Middle East
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