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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.

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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?

Fauda and the Church
Fauda and the Church

Chaos (fauda) isn’t limited to the Middle East. Every part of the world is reeling amidst an unprecedented era of political, sociological, and technological disruption. No one is quite sure how to react, and Christians, despite their dogmatic certainty on so many things, feel just as confused as the rest.

Syria, War of All Against All
Syria, War of All Against All

So far, the United States has failed to articulate any clear strategy in Syria. It is not even clear who our allies are anymore.

Iran Ups the Stakes in Syria
Iran Ups the Stakes in Syria

For now, the border between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights remains the most important border in the Middle East—a veritable dam holding back the tidal wave of Iranian ambition.

How Should Christians View Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital?

Considering principles and values as well prudential considerations of the volatile region’s political realities, how ought Christians to evaluate recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital?

Empires of Feeling and Fantasy

The Palestinian national movement is an illusory empire. Constructed on poetry and prejudice and generations of fantasy, it too must come crashing down so that it can be rebuilt, this time on a more solid basis.

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Justice in Historical Context

Love of justice presumes a love of truth, for justice without truth is a contradiction in terms. And love, to the extent it matters in the procurement of justice, is only effective when purified by truth.

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On Morality & the Crisis in Syria

From the Print Edition: Morality & Interests in Syria

Trump Should Use Egypt Bombings as Occasion for New Policy on Protecting Middle Eastern Minorities
Trump Should Use Egypt Bombings as Occasion for New Policy Protecting Middle Eastern Minorities

Despite repeated assurances from President Sisi to protect the country’s large Coptic minority, his government appears unwilling or unable to actually deliver on his promises.

ProvCast Episode 6: Protecting Middle East Minorities, Part 2
ProvCast Episode 6: Protecting Middle East Minorities, Part 2

We continue our talk with Robert Nicholson about why the Middle East has a minority problem. This conversation helps illuminate how there is, as Robert puts it, a “vibrant mosaic” of peoples in the Middle East