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About Danny Postel

Danny Postel is Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He is the author of Reading "Legitimation Crisis" in Tehran and co-editor, with Nader Hashemi, of The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future and The Syria DilemmaFormerly senior editor of openDemocracy, he is a Contributing Editor of Logos: A Journal of Modern Society & Culture and a blogger for forCritical InquiryTruthout, and the Huffington Post. His website is here. On Twitter: @dannypostel

Articles by Danny Postel

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Adam Ramsay is a co-editor of openDemocracyUK.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The conscience of Syria: An interview with activist and intellectual Yassin al-Haj Saleh

A popular Syrian intellectual responds to questions on the Syrian conflict and the west. Throughout, Yassin confronts and reframes several western fears and constructs about Islamists, intervention and the development of the uprising.

Mission accomplished? Syria, the antiwar movement and the spirit of internationalism

The Assad killing machine, which was overwhelmingly nonchemical to begin with, can continue unfettered on its rampage. The killing fields of Syria – no end in sight.

Who is responsible? An interview with Fred Halliday

Fred Halliday, who died on 26 April, talks to Danny Postel about realpolitik, religion, universal rights and the pitfalls of the Left. He discusses the need to combine solidarity with critical distance, to know what is really happening in Third World countries. This interview, published in Salmagundi, not previously available on the web, was recorded on 23 November 2005, in Chicago.

Ramin Jahanbegloo, Hossein Derakhshan and openDemocracy

openDemocracy's publication of Hossein Derakhshan's article about the release from detention of the Iranian philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo was a serious lapse in editorial judgment, says Danny Postel.

Ramin Jahanbegloo: an open letter to Iran's president

The Iranian philosopher and openDemocracy contributor Ramin Jahanbegloo was arrested on 27 April 2006 at Tehran airport. In this message to Iran's leaders, writers, scholars and journalists from around the world call for his release.

The 'end of history' revisited: Francis Fukuyama and his critics

Francis Fukuyama's renowned argument about universal history and liberal democracy remains a source of dispute. openDemocracy is publishing the author's new Afterword to "The End of History and the Last Man", followed by reflections from international thinkers on this seminal work. Here, Danny Postel introduces Fukuyama's essay and the symposium.

'Conscripts of modernity: the tragedy of colonial enlightenment,' David Scott

“The need to reconceptualise the past in order to reimagine a more usable future.”

Fukuyama's moment: a neocon schism opens

The Iraq war opened a fratricidal split among United States neo–conservatives. Danny Postel examines the bitter dispute between two leading neocons, Francis Fukuyama and Charles Krauthammer, and suggests that Fukuyama’s critique of the Iraq war and decision not to vote for George W Bush is a significant political as well as intellectual moment.

Noble lies and perpetual war: Leo Strauss, the neocons, and Iraq

Are the ideas of the conservative political philosopher Leo Strauss a shaping influence on the Bush administration’s world outlook? Danny Postel interviews Shadia Drury – a leading scholarly critic of Strauss – and asks her about the connection between Plato’s dialogues, secrets and lies, and the United States-led war in Iraq.

What was initially an anti-war argument is now a matter of public record. It is widely recognised that the Bush administration was not honest about the reasons it gave for invading Iraq.

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