Ira Chernus is a professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research focuses on the discourse of peace, war, foreign policy, and nationalism in the United States.

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Who Lost the World?

Who Lost the World?

Romney's handling of the Benghazi episode capitalizes on a foundational myth of U.S. politics: that the world is America's to lose.

Obama's Israel-Palestine Gamble

Has the Obama administration capitulated to Israel or made a shrewd calculation?

Inching toward Compromise in the Middle East

To reach a peace settlement in the Middle East, the United States has to put pressure on Israel and reach out to Hamas.

'Palestinians' without 'Palestine'

Netanyahu's recent speech in favor of a Palestinian state contained several contradictory elements that cleverly undermined its central message.

Annotate This: Obama's Speech on National Security

With all his talk of war and terrorism, the president seems to be edging closer to the stances of the previous administration.

Bush's Israel Problem -- And Ours

The fear factor prevents an easy solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. What are Israeli Jews afraid of?

60-Second Expert: Religion and Empire

American foreign policy is built on a deep foundation of Christian theology.

The Theology of American Empire

Ira Chernus writes that Americans crave a foreign policy based on moral conviction. Neoconservatives have offered one version. The left must provide a different one.

Topics of Interest

Israel, Middle East, Terrorism/Counter-terrorism, U.S. Military/Security Policy