University of Oklahoma
Joahua Landis is Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma and Director of its Center for Middle East Studies. An expert on Syria, he edits the SyriaComment blog.
Secretary of State John Kerry said last year that Syria's Assad regime helped create ISIS — to distract the US by aiding alternative enemies in the region.
Dec. 5, 2016from To the Point
Vladimir Putin surprised the world when he suddenly started bombing in Syria last September.
Mar. 17, 2016from To the Point
Three years ago, it appeared that anti-government uprisings might lead to the spread of democracy in the Middle East.
Jun. 2, 2014from To the Point
Republican U.S. Senator Mitt Romney says President Trump’s withdrawal of soldiers protecting the Kurds violated “American honor.”
Oct. 24from To the Point
Facial recognition software is touted as making us safer. Is it worth the risk of misidentification -- and the violation of privacy?
Nov. 7from To the Point
Officials began testifying in public on live TV with millions of Americans watching.
Nov. 15from Left, Right & Center
Two of the most urgent crises facing Americans---mental health and homelessness---are inextricably linked. The failure to see this has only made things worse.
Oct. 18from Scheer Intelligence
The Trump administration wants to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows young people who were illegally brought to the U.S. to live and work here.
Nov. 12from Greater LA
With support from Democrats as well as Republicans, President Trump agreed to release inmates from harsh prison terms due to the War on Drugs. But his own Justice Department wants…
Nov. 14from To the Point
Presidential campaigns aren’t just on TV anymore, they’re on countless digital platforms.
Oct. 17from To the Point
Impeachment by Democrats in the House may lead to trial in the Senate, with Chief Justice John Roberts presiding. Can he prevent the Republican majority from rushing to judgement?
Oct. 30from To the Point
A last minute ceasefire in Syria; Mick Mulvaney confirms, then quickly denies a quid pro quo; and no one likes billionaires at the Democratic debate, not even the billionaire.
Oct. 18from Left, Right & Center