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Adil E. Shamoo
Adil E. Shamoo, a professor at the University of Maryland's School of Medicine, is an Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow and a Foreign Policy In Focus senior analyst. He is the author of: Equal Worth –- When Humanity Will Have Peace. Shamoo has written and edited 16 books on science and bioethics and his op-eds have run in many newspapers, including the Christian Science Monitor and The Baltimore Sun. Shamoo was born in Baghdad, Iraq and obtained his BSc at University of Baghdad, an MSc at University of Louisville, and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. You can read his writings on:

Entries by Adil E. Shamoo

The U.S. Is Betraying the Kurds -- Again

(56) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 3:23 PM

Turkey's offering Washington a fig leaf of cooperation against the Islamic State, but it's turning all its firepower against the most effective anti-ISIS fighters in the region -- the Kurds.

In the country's last election, the Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lost its...

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How to Confront ISIS

(7) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 6:51 PM

There may be a responsible way to fight the Islamic State, but the U.S. will have to leave its boots in the closet and the drones in the hangar.

The atrocities of ISIS become more shocking every day. In June, the Iraqis exhumed nearly 600 bodies of Shia...

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Why ISIS Exists

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 1:13 PM

In the U.S. war on Iraq, hundreds of thousands died the sort of deaths that, if broadcast in an ISIS video, would have inflamed international opinion.

The Middle East is suffering the blowback from rotten U.S. policies, disastrous wars, and cultural turmoil. ISIS and its ilk are one result.


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Netanyahu Is a National Security Risk -- And Washington Knows It

(558) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 3:32 PM

An anonymous U.S. official caused a dustup when he called the Israeli prime minister "chickenshit." Others might have said worse.

Last month, an anonymous U.S. official stirred a tempest in a teapot when he called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "a chickenshit" in comments to the Atlantic's

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Treat ISIS Like an Onion

(5) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 3:55 PM

Like layers of an onion, ISIS supporters can be carefully peeled away. But not if Obama goes into Syria and Iraq with a mallet.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a symptom -- not the cause -- of turbulence in the Middle East. It is a symptom...

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Israel Terrorizes Palestinians in Gaza

(3) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 10:58 AM

Terrorism is defined by Merriam Webster's dictionary as: "the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal." One could say Hamas fits this definition out of desperation and a lack of moral leadership.

But Israeli actions...

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U.S. Forces: Stay Out of Iraq

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 9:36 PM

The headlines and pundits alike are spouting the traditional clichés about Iraq: Baghdad is falling. Iraq is splitting into three parts. Shias and Sunnis have been fighting for a thousand years.

We heard many of the same claims during the heightened sectarian conflict in Iraq from 2005 to 2007. But...

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Iraq Elections: No End to Violence

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 4:40 PM

Iraq's latest elections were relatively free and fair, but they won't do much to resolve the country's stark sectarian divides.

Despite his failure to heal the country's stark sectarian divides, Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki is nearly guaranteed a third term at the helm after the latest elections.

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Obama's Changing Moral Compass on Iraq

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 12:26 PM

In his speech in Brussels on March 26, President Barack Obama refuted Vladimir Putin's assertions regarding the wrongs of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Rhetoric aside, the Russian president has no moral standing for the invasion and annexation of Crimea. Nevertheless, it is important to look at Obama's...

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Egypt's Fateful Choice: Democracy or Authoritarianism?

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 5:53 PM

Algeria descended into civil war when its military suppressed the country's democratically popular Islamists. Could the same happen in Egypt?

Back in the days of Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian elections were won with an overwhelming majority due to the machinery of state intimidation. Egyptians saw the same tactics used...

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Israel-Palestine: Enough Negotiations Already!

(16) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 5:31 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants negotiations with the Palestinians to continue for decades to come. But the Palestinian leadership would be foolish to go along with this charade.

When I was a child in Baghdad, we had a special Assyrian holiday for kids called Nusardil. As...

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Egypt's Dark Tunnel -- Events since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi have been ominous for democracy and for Egypt.

(12) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 5:29 PM

The Egyptian people face a very difficult choice. They must choose a path that does not lead toward greater violence, further economic decline, dictatorship, or even civil war. Egypt must somehow avoid the fate of Syria (a civil war with over 100,000 civilian casualties), Iraq (a confessional conflict that produces...

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Forget Red Lines: Obama Should Eat His Words on Syria

(70) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 4:08 PM

The good news? President Obama's surprise decision to consult Congress about launching a U.S. strike on Syria has returned crucial powers to the people's representatives, allowing a much-needed public discussion about the U.S. stake--or lack thereof--in Syria's civil war.

The bad news? Obama has claimed the authority to...

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Egypt's Treacherous Road

(3) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 4:33 PM

Egyptians continue to find themselves in the throes of a revolution that began in January of 2011. Rarely are these easy periods for any nation, but now the darkness of oppression has brought the worst upon the people of Egypt.

The recently deposed President Mohamed Morsi came to power last...

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Egypt Speaks, Again

(1) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 3:50 PM

The taxi driver was excited. Driving through the busy streets of Cairo a little more than a year ago, he wanted us to see his most prized token from the revolution that brought Egyptians to the streets in 2011. He passed his cell phone to the back seat to share...

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On the Brink of Another War

(26) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 2:17 PM

President Barack Obama stands on the brink of engaging the United States in another war of choice in the Middle East.

Ostensibly because the Syrian regime crossed Obama's self-declared "red line" by using chemical weapons, Washington will deliver small arms, including antitank weapons, to Syrian...

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After Iraq, Climbing Out of the Moral Abyss

(40) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 4:46 PM

The only message our children will take away from the war in Iraq is that if you repeat a boldfaced lie enough, it will someday become accepted truth. And as a corollary, saving face is much more important than admitting a mistake, no matter how destructive the outcome.

Unfortunately for...

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Obama at the Edge of a Cliff in Middle East

(64) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 7:11 PM

With Syria and Iran, President Barack Obama faces getting mired in two wars that could set the entire Middle East aflame, and perhaps the rest of the Islamic world, too. Such an outcome would be in part due to Mr. Obama's Middle Eastern policy, and the willingness of the current...

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Is Iraq on Its Way to a Civil War?

(3) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 3:31 PM

All indicators are pointing to a looming sectarian civil war on Iraq's horizon. It is possible to avoid this civil war, but so far, the country's leaders are not willing to compromise, and outside parties show little interest in stopping it. They should care more than they do: if not...

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Morsi's Last Chance

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 11:09 AM

Egypt is rapidly approaching its most acute political and economic crisis since the 2011 revolution that swept dictator Hosni Mubarak from power.

Poverty is at an all-time high of 25 percent, with youth unemployment at a record 40 percent. Foreign currency reserves are...

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