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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.

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?

Israel’s New Law: A Tale of Two Nation-States

The Palestine Basic Law (2003) defines Palestine as part of the Arab world and cites Arab unity as a singular…

David Becomes Goliath: Interpreting 70 Years of Israeli Independence
The Shepherd Becomes the King: Interpreting 70 Years of Israeli Independence

Israel’s founding was at once a victory for justice, a triumph for freedom, and a crushing blow to antisemitism. It was a story of David against Goliath. But 70 years later, things are different. Israel isn’t David anymore.

Between Iran and a Hard Place: Will the US Follow-Through?
Between Iran and a Hard Place: Will the US Follow-Through?

Trump could have chosen the deal. He could have chosen retrenchment. But he could not choose both.

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In Korea, “Tough Talk” Seems to Translate Well

Christians recognize the power of speech; after all, God brought the world into being with a Word. What we say has the ability to shape reality. Sometimes harsh language says it best.

A Hebraic Approach to History: Response to Doran's "The Theology of Foreign Policy"
A Hebraic Approach to History: Response to Doran’s “The Theology of Foreign Policy”

Ultimately, why Americans see the world through one theological lens or another has a lot to do with whether they identify more closely with a Hebraic or Hellenic kind of Christianity. Put another way, American Christians view the world differently depending on how much they read the Bible, believe the Bible is divinely inspired, and accept the Bible as authoritative in their lives.

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Thinking through Intervention in Syria

Syria is one set-piece in a larger debate about US foreign policy after the Iraq War. Does the Middle East matter? What are the biggest threats to our future? Should America intervene to halt humanitarian disasters, or do principles of sovereignty and self-interest prevail?