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Robert Nicholson

Robert Nicholson is co-editor of Providence and president of The Philos Project, a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote positive Christian engagement in the Middle East. He holds a BA in Hebrew Studies from Binghamton University, and a JD and MA (Middle Eastern History) from Syracuse University. A formerly enlisted Marine and a 2012- 2013 Tikvah Fellow, Robert splits his time between New York City and Syracuse.

A New Year’s Resolution, An Ancient Evil: Combatting Antisemitism in 2019

ANTISEMITISM IS NOT just a Jewish, Christian, or American problem. It’s a global problem, and Christians must stand up to confront it. But the best way to confront antisemitism is not by fighting it as some would urge us to do. “Anti-antisemitism” is redundant and nonsensical. Forcing anyone to like the Jews will never work. 

On Syria and the Virtues of Limited Engagement

The problem is that Americans can’t see the world for what it is, and American policymakers aren’t explaining it to them. Very few, it seems, understand the concept of limited intervention. 

Nakba: Catastrophe and Moderation in Palestine
Nakba: Catastrophe and Moderation in Palestine

We cannot change Palestinian society, but Palestinians who embrace pluralism and peace most certainly can. Our main task is to help them.

A Reflection on Coptic Martyr’s Day: A Call for American Christians to care about the Coptic Community
A Reflection on Coptic Martyr’s Day: A Call for American Christians to Care about the Coptic Community

Thinking of the many hundreds of thousands of Coptic martyrs over the years makes me feel ashamed for us Christians living in the West and all over the world who have not yet recognized that the message of Jesus Christ is one that will bring suffering.

Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance Should Prompt U.S. to Challenge MBS on Human Rights

The Jamal Khashoggi affair presents the perfect opportunity for the United States to press Saudi Arabia for more progress on its horrendous human rights record. 

Critical Conversations: Nicholson Discusses Middle East Policy with MBN’s Alberto Fernandez
America Talks to the Middle East an Interview with MBN’s Alberto Fernandez

Providence co-editor Robert Nicholson sat down with Ambassador Alberto Fernandez, president of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN). Throughout an extensive conversation, Nicholson posed five questions to Fernandez on topics ranging from Syria to the prospect of democracy in the greater Middle East.

America’s Conscience and the Crisis in Yemen: Robert Nicholson Takes on Nicholas Kristof

For Nicholas Kristof to say that Americans “are willing to starve Yemeni schoolchildren” because “we dislike Iran’s ayatollahs” is so simplistic as to be immoral in itself.

Is the Struggle with Islam Reshaping the Modern World? An Interview with Shadi Hamid
Is the Struggle with Islam Reshaping the Modern World? An Interview with Shadi Hamid

Recently, Providence editor Robert Nicholson sat down with Shadi Hamid, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. In a wide-ranging conversation, Hamid addressed the lack of cross-cultural understanding in the West, the value of pluralism, the possibilities of democratic reform, and the potential for increased Christian engagement with Muslim neighbors.

Trump Isn’t Wrong to Pull UNRWA Funding for Palestinians – United Nations Relief and Works Agency
Trump Isn’t Wrong to Pull UNRWA Funding for Palestinians

Christians who see Palestinians as human beings made in the image of God should not be satisfied with the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Those who are satisfied don’t know what it looks like.

The Dueling Moralities of Middle Eastern Democracy
The Dueling Moralities of Middle Eastern Democracy

Should we support Middle Eastern majorities as they organize their states even when the results defy our notions of democracy? Or should we support Middle Eastern minorities—Christians, Jews, Yazidis, liberal Muslims—who stand in fear of tyrannous ochlocracy?