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Juan Cole


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 Russia trying to take back over Libya from NATO, Radicals?

Source: Informed Comment

Reuters is reporting that some 22 Russian special operations forces have set up a base in Western Egypt near the Libyan border in preparation for an intervention in Libya.

Posted on Mar 14, 2017

Dirty, Hot, Deadly: The Real Trump Scandal is What He’s done to the Environment

Source: Informed Comment

Trump is changing the United States in a major way, with a massive assault on the environment.

Posted on Mar 6, 2017

Trump does Poor imitation of Tin-Pot Dictator at “Press Conference”

Source: Informed Comment

In his first news conference in months, president-elect Donald J. Trump engaged in a series of petulant tirades. For anyone like myself, who has lived under dictators in the global South, his performance was unpleasantly reminiscent of their authoritarian publicity techniques.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017

Nuclear Arms and Proliferation

Source: The Nation

Nothing would please Tehran’s hard-liners more than for the new US president to push Iran back into confrontational mode.

Posted on Dec 6, 2016

How Will Trump Reshape the Middle East?

Source: The Nation

If he follows through on his erratic statements, he could manage to alienate Russia, the Gulf monarchies, the EU, and Iran.

Posted on Nov 10, 2016

Informed Comment: Juan Cole’s blog


Informed Comment: Thoughts on the Middle East, History and Religion:

Since 2002, Cole has published the blog Informed Comment, covering “History, Middle East, South Asia, religious studies and the war on terror.”

Posted on Nov 12, 2010

Tomgram: Juan Cole, The Media as a Security Threat to America


Juan Cole discusses the lack of discussion and media coverage on how the floods in Pakistan can affect the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010

Juan Cole and Nico Pitney discuss Iran

Source: Brave New Studios

July 09, 2009

Juan Cole, author of “Engaging the Muslim World,” and Nico Pitney, National Editor of the Huffington Post, discuss the political situation in Iran in front of a live audience at Brave New Studios.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010

Juan Cole on the Colbert Report

Source: Colbert Report

March 18, 2009

Juan Cole doesn’t advocate a soft approach, but he wants to take the Muslim world’s views into account.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010

Juan Cole on engaging the Muslim world at the Asia Society


March 17, 2009

Juan Cole on linguistic carelessness — the use of Islamic for Muslim, and vice versa — during a discussion at the Asia Society.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010

TPMtv: A chat with Juan Cole


September 18, 2007

TPMtv connected with Juan Cole, professor of modern Middle Eastern and South Asian history at the University of Michigan, and writer of the blog Informed Comment and the book “Napoleon’s Egypt.” We asked Juan about what’s really going on in Al Anbar province (which the Bush administration persistently cites as a glimmering example of the success of the surge), whether the Sunnis are ready to concede national reconciliation, and what might happen if and when we ever leave Iraq.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010

Conversations with History: Juan Cole

Source: UCtelevision

January 2006

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes historian Juan Cole for a discussion of U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East. Cole also explores the importance of religion in understanding events in Iran and Iraq, and he addresses the impact of the communications revolution on his own work as a scholar involved in the policy debate.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010

Juan Cole and Shahan Mufti on ‘Bill Moyers Journal’

Source: PBS

Juan Cole and Shahan Mufti are interviewed on “Bill Moyers Journal.”

Posted on Sep 9, 2010

Charlie Rose: A conversation with Juan Cole

Source: Charlie Rose

Juan Cole appears on the “Charlie Rose” show to discuss Middle Eastern affairs.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010

Juan Cole on Iraq’s three civil wars

Source: MIT TechTV

Juan Cole is interviewed for MIT television to discuss whether the U.S. is relevant to Iraq’s three civil wars.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010

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