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About Nader Hashemi

Nader Hashemi is the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He is the author of Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies and co-editor, with Danny Postel, of The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future and The Syria Dilemma.

Articles by Nader Hashemi

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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.

A reply to Stephen Zunes on military intervention in Syria

This is a reply to Stephen Zunes' response to the author. Zunes argues that violent or nonviolent movements alike must be determined by the strategies and tactics that maximize their chances of success. The author counters that Zunes is ignoring what most Syrian citizens want from the international community. 

Syria, savagery, and self-determination: what those against military intervention are missing

Military intervention, as regrettable and complicated as it may be, is the only way to stop Assad’s killing machine. This is what most Syrians are demanding from the international community. If we truly believe in the right to self-determination, then we are morally obligated to listen to them.

What Obama must say (and do) in Egypt

The United States president’s visit to Cairo needs to offer the Arab and Muslim worlds an America they can at last believe, says Nader Hashemi.

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