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Robert Nicholson

Robert Nicholson is 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 2012-13 Tikvah Fellow, Robert splits his time between New York City and Syracuse.

ProvCast Ep. 25: The Rise of Anti-Semitism

Providence Editor Robert Nicholson discusses the roots and the recent rise of anti-Semitism, and why this should concern Christians and Jews alike.

A Century of Missteps: American Values vs. Mideast Realities

It’s hard to deny that America’s record in the Middle East has been pretty poor overall. If we hope to better secure our interests, advance our values, and protect those who share them, we need to study the last century of mistakes and do our best to correct them.

What the Pope’s Visit Teaches Us About The Wrong Way to Do Religious Diplomacy

Religious diplomacy is important, but religious leaders should focus on representing the truths of their religion and the concerns of their constituencies rather than working toward meta-religious consensus. They will be most successful when their diplomacy is understated and narrowly-construed.

Political Islam, Liberalism, and Consensus in the Middle East

Dr. Hellyer is a nonresident Senior Fellow at the RH Centre for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council in DC and Senior Associate Fellow in International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute in London.

The Strange Gift of the Holocaust

The last time I cried was in 2013.  I was finishing a tour of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in…

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.