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Nathan Gonzalez is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project and Founding Editor of Nortia Press, an independent publisher focusing on global affairs. He is also a lecturer of Middle East politics at California State University, Long Beach, and has written two books on the Middle East: The Sunni-Shia Conflict and Engaging Iran.

Nathan holds a master of international affairs from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA.

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Do You Support the Iran Deal? A Flowchart

(10) Comments | Posted August 30, 2015 | 7:20 PM

If you are not sure where you stand on the Iran deal, I made a handy flowchart to help you figure it out.


Originally appeared on Bold Type magazine.

Nathan Gonzalez, Ph.D., is a fellow with the Truman...

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Chuck Schumer's Position on Iran Is Reckless

(226) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 1:30 PM

Since the days of the shah, Iran's pro-American leader, the consensus among experts has been that Iranians want to develop the capability to build a nuclear weapon without actually getting one. What Iran-deal foes like Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) fail to realize is that cancelling the recent nuclear agreement between...

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Yellowcake and Eat It Too: Why An Extension of Nuclear Talks with Iran Is Good for America

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 4:53 PM

The extension of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program represents a victory for diplomacy. It also gets the world closer to the dual goals of keeping Iran from developing a bomb while avoiding yet another costly war in the Middle East. Through tough, smart and principled negotiations, America is finding a...

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Iraq: Learning From Yesterday and Planning for Tomorrow

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 8:51 AM

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a Sunni Muslim organization deemed too radical even for al-Qaeda, is currently advancing toward Baghdad. This should not have come as a surprise, given Iraq's fractured sense of self. Yet before embarking on another adventure to pacify the region, the United...

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How Sanctions Against Iran Could Backfire

(54) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 8:16 AM

It is no secret that Iran is developing its nuclear capacity in a clandestine and deceptive manner. Yet ironically it is our reaction to Iranian intransigence that is more likely to lead to an Iranian bomb. And it's not for the reasons that many have cited.

A recent New...

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Why Israel Should Intervene in Syria

(309) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 6:40 PM

There is much talk in the news about Israel weighing its military options against Iranian nuclear facilities. Yet if for a moment Israel stops focusing on the region's military balance, and starts thinking of its long-term security as a Jewish state in the post-Arab Spring Middle East, it will realize...

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U.S. Strategy After 9/11: Ruminations on a Lost Decade

(8) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 9:44 AM

The attacks of September 11, 2001 did more than bring shock and grief to our nation -- they fundamentally changed us. They removed us further from our liberal traditions, which had once considered undue government surveillance as a violation of civil liberties, while a previously unimaginable concept like torture suddenly...

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America and the Fourth Realignment: A Policy for the New Middle East

(33) Comments | Posted August 26, 2011 | 3:41 PM

The fall of Tripoli to rebel forces is an important milestone for the Arab Spring, and one in which Western countries should take comfort. As one of only four pivotal examples of large-scale political realignment in the region, the year 2011 represents the first time since the birth of the...

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The Sunni-Shia Conflict in Iraq

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2009 | 1:03 PM

Tuesday's deadly coordinated bomb attacks against soft targets in Iraq bear the mark of a simmering Sunni insurgency. And despite the successes of the 2007 troop surge, our unwillingness to tackle the root of the sectarian divisions in Iraq will mean further bloodshed for the people of that country.

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Learning from Iran's Past Revolutions

(37) Comments | Posted June 24, 2009 | 6:32 PM

The last one and a half centuries of modern Iranian history have been marked by recurring popular revolts in the streets of Tehran and throughout the rest of the country. Among the countless uprisings, three stand out as dramatic examples of a people imposing their collective will on a despotic...

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Is Revolution Brewing in Iran?

(239) Comments | Posted June 17, 2009 | 5:16 AM

Following the announcement by Iran's Interior Ministry that incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won reelection in an implausible landslide, hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the streets with the kind of unbridled political anger that may have the power to escalate into full-blown revolution. The ball is now in...

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Iranian Snub? Not Quite

(31) Comments | Posted March 21, 2009 | 12:39 PM

On March 20, President Barack Obama sent Persian New Year greetings directly to the people of Iran. It was a powerful message. By mentioning the Islamic Republic by name, and not simply "Iran," the president was making clear that he considered the current Iranian government legitimate, a profound change in...

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The Lesson Israel Should Have Never Learned

(52) Comments | Posted December 29, 2008 | 2:54 PM

On August 12, 1982, Israel launched a massive bombing campaign over Beirut that came to be known as "Black Thursday." In the conflagration's aftermath, over five hundred Lebanese and Palestinian civilians lay dead, countless were displaced, and widespread hunger and infestation took hold in the absence of running water and...

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It's About Knowledge, Not Experience

(60) Comments | Posted September 4, 2008 | 8:46 PM

There is a false argument being peddled by supporters of the McCain-Palin ticket lately; one that equates the experience of Sarah Palin, the hockey mom and former mayor of Wasilla, AK (population 7,500), with that of Barack Obama, the former state senator and twelve-year professor of constitutional law.

What the...

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It's Isolation Stupid! Why Pre-Election Plans to Attack Iran Will Only Backfire

(194) Comments | Posted June 23, 2008 | 4:48 AM

This week, Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard insinuated that President Bush might launch an attack against Iran should Barack Obama be poised to win the presidency. Said Kristol: "I mean, what is, what signal goes to Ahmadinejad if Obama wins on a platform of unconditional negotiations and with...

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Iraq Was Not A Preemptive War

(128) Comments | Posted April 10, 2008 | 11:36 AM

This week, Republican presidential candidate John McCain claimed that he would reserve the right to wage preemptive war, and with good reason. After all, preemptive war could one day be necessary, and every president should reserve the right to wage it.

The problem, however, is that neither John McCain, nor...

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What Alberto Gonzales Can Teach Us about Hillary Clinton

(26) Comments | Posted February 19, 2008 | 7:48 PM

Back in 2004, I was part of a small but active non-profit organization called Latinos for America. Our mission was to push for greater participation by Hispanics in the public sphere. We organized activist and candidate trainings around the country, and put out bilingual public service announcements encouraging Latinos to...

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Is Univision Slanted toward Hillary?

(71) Comments | Posted January 28, 2008 | 2:10 PM

Univision, the largest Spanish-language television network, was recently bought out by a private equity consortium that includes billionaire Haim Saban. Saban is a close friend of the Clintons, and a particularly zealous Hillary fundraiser.

In May 2007, Fortune magazine wrote a piece on Saban that put in no...

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In Defense of the 22nd Amendment

(126) Comments | Posted January 22, 2008 | 1:17 PM

In 2003, former President Bill Clinton made this remark on CBS' 60 Minutes: "I think presidents should be limited to two consecutive terms, then after a time out of office should be able to run again."

We can't say we weren't warned.

This election season, Bill Clinton's abrasive...

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Three Lessons from Obama's Victory in Iowa

(26) Comments | Posted January 6, 2008 | 9:25 PM

Barack Obama's historic win in Iowa leaves us with three powerful and inspirational lessons about America. These are lessons we can take with us beyond the current election cycle, and on which we can build a better political future.

Senator Obama's campaign in Iowa, outdoing the seasoned grassroots operation of...

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