Stephen Zunes

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Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and chair of the Middle Eastern Studies Program at the University of San Francisco, where he has taught since 1995. "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 an advisory committee member and senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus Project and as an associate editor of Peace Review.

Background information

"Professor Zunes is the author of scores of articles for scholarly and general readership on Middle Eastern politics, U.S. foreign policy, international terrorism, social movements, and human rights. He is the principal editor of Nonviolent Social Movements (Blackwell Publishers, 1999) and the author of the highly-acclaimed Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism (Common Courage Press, 2003) and the forthcoming Western Sahara: Nationalism and Conflict and International Accountability(Syracuse University Press.)

"He was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship on Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies at Dartmouth College and a Joseph J. Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies. He also served as founding director of the Institute for a New Middle East Policy and as a research fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, the Institute for Global Security Studies and the United States Institute of Peace. 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 been circulated through Knight-Ridder and other wire services and 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 on the advisory committee of the Tikkun Community, the academic council of the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict and as a consultant for a number of peace and human rights organizations in both the United States and overseas." [1]

"Stephen Zunes, associate professor of Politics and chair of the Peace & Justice Studies Program at the University of San Francisco, was the recipient of the first "Peace Scholar of the Year Award" at the annual meeting of the Peace & Justice Studies Association October 5, 2002 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC." [2]

Zunes wrote a letter to RightWeb in late 2007 regarding complaints he had about Tom Barry's article "The New Politics of Political Aid in Venezuela," (July 18). [3]

His wife Nanlouise Wolfe, serves on the staff of the Resource Center for Nonviolence. [4]

In December 2007, Zunes attended a conference in Australia titled The Politics of the Middle East: The Roles of Europe, Asia and Australia. Other major speakers included: Bertrand Badie, Amin Saikal, and Hisae Nakanishi. (Introduction by Joseph A. Camilleri.) [5] Radio Interview

On the Obama Victory

On "the one hand, Obama's core foreign policy advisers have included some of the more critical, innovative and enlightened members of the foreign policy establishment, such as Joseph Cirincione, Lawrence Korb, Susan Rice, Richard Clarke and Samantha Power. On the other hand, his advisers have also included the likes of Dennis Ross, Anthony Lake and Merrill McPeak, whose commitment to international law and human rights have proven to be very weak." [6]


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Publications [13]



  • The Ties that Blind: The Strategic, Economic and Cultural Sources of the U.S.-Israel “Special Relationship” with Steve Niva, Berkeley: University of California Press, Forthcoming.
  • Western Sahara: War, Nationalism and Conflict Irresolution in Northwest Africa with Jacob Mundy, Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2010.
  • Consistently Opposing Killing: From Abortion to Assisted Suicide, the Death Penalty and War (with Rachel MacNair), (edited) (Praeger Publishers, 2008).
  • Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism, Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press, 2003
  • Nonviolent Social Movements: A Geographical Perspective (with Lester Kurtz and Sara Beth Asher) (edited), Blackwell Publishers, 1999

Books in Progress

  • No Stinking Badges: U.S. Middle East Policy, the United Nations, and International Law, Berkeley: University of California Press
  • Western Sahara: War, Nationalism and Conflict Irresolution in Northwest Africa (with Jacob Mundy), Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press

=Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • “The United States and the Undermining of the Nonproliferation Regime,” in David Krieger, ed, The Challenge of Abolishing Nuclear Weapons, Transaction Publishers [forthcoming]
  • “The Role of External Actors,” (with Saad Eddine Ibrahim) in Sherif Mansour and Maria Stephan, eds., Civilian Resistance in the Middle East, Routledge [forthcoming]
  • “Western Sahara,” (with Salka Barca) in Sherif Mansour and Maria Stephan, eds., Civilian Resistance in the Middle East, Routledge [forthcoming]


Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch


  1. Home Page, Steven Zunes, accessed August 30, 2007.
  2. Stephen Zunes, FPIF, accessed August 30, 2007.
  3. Right Web News: August 31, 2007, Right Web, accessed December 18, 2007.
  4. Stephen Zunes, Global Exchange, accessed August 30, 2007.
  5. The Politics of the Middle East, University of Melbourne, accessed December 7, 2007.
  6. Stephen Zunes, "The Hope of Obama", Znet, November 7, 2008.
  7. Editorial Board, Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, accessed April 7, 2008.
  8. CV, Stephen Zunes, accessed August 30, 2007.
  9. Advisory Committee, Foreign Policy In Focus, accessed July 8, 2007.
  10. CV, Zunes Website, accessed December 18, 2007.
  11. International Liaisons, International Association of Educators for World Peace, accessed March 10, 2009.
  12. Staff, Center for Applied Non-Violent Actions and Strategies, accessed March 29, 2010.
  13. CV, Zunes Website, accessed December 18, 2007.

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