Stephen Zunes : Obama Foreign Policy

The Death of One of Washington’s Favorite Tyrants
7 September 2016

The death of long-time Uzbekistan dictator Islam Karimov has brought rare U.S. media attention to the Central Asian country of 30 million. Uzbekistan is ranked among the half dozen worst countries in the world for human-rights abuses. What U.S. government officials and our media mostly ignore, however, is that American taxpayers subsidized that regime and […]

How the U.S. Contributed to Yemen’s Crisis
20 April 2015

Washington’s support for Yemen’s former dictatorship — and of Saudi efforts to sideline the country’s nonviolent pro-democracy movement — helped create the current crisis.

Obama administration undermines UN disarmament efforts
13 April 2015

Though the United States may have taken the lead in the international diplomatic initiative against Iran’s nuclear program, the Obama administration has also taken the lead in undermining the United Nations’ efforts to promote nuclear arms control and disarmament elsewhere.

Hardliners on All Sides Undermining Iran’s Nuclear Talks
5 April 2015

Reaching an interim nuclear deal with Iran would have been difficult enough even without hardliners in both Iran and the United States seeking to undermine them.

Maintaining U.S. presence in Afghanistan would bolster Taliban: expert
19 October 2013

On October 12 Washington and Kabul agreed on a draft deal that would keep some U.S. forces in Afghanistan after 2014, but only if political and tribal leaders in Afghanistan agree to a U.S. demand that U.S. troops not be subject to Afghan

On Syria, most thoughtful people are torn
5 October 2013


Foreign military intervention would prolong the war and increase the carnage still further. But this does not mean that the US in conjunction with others, including Syrian civil society, cannot do anything to help the situation. Reply to Nader Hashemi.

Obama at the United Nations
26 September 2013

In his speech before the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama made important and valid points on the issues of human rights, arms control, and global governance. But note what the president did not say.

US government hypocrisy undercuts demand for Snowden’s extradition
29 August 2013

Dr. Stephen Zunes’ article in the National Catholic Reporter on the extradition of Edward Snowden

Washington and the Egyptian Tragedy
20 August 2013

The vast majority of Egyptians killed since the coup have been unarmed protesters struck down with American-made weapons by soldiers transported in American-made vehicles provided by the American taxpayer.

US policy weakens Iran’s pro-democracy movement
28 May 2013

While the outcome of the Iranian elections scheduled for June 14 may be hard to predict, it will make little difference as long as power remains firmly in the hands of Ayatollah Khamenei and other hard-line clerics. Indeed, while there are contending factions vying for the country’s relatively weak presidency, the narrow ideological spectrum within […]