Stories by John Tirman

John Tirman is executive director of MIT's Center for International Studies. His new book, "The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America's Wars," was released July 7, 2011 by Oxford Press. subscribe to John Tirman's feed

Posted on: Jun 13, 2014, Source: MIT Center for International Studies

The root of this foreign policy fiasco was the U.S.'s heavy reliance on military solutions.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Even failure in war is more acceptable than culpability for large numbers of civilian casualties.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Iran is no existential threat. Israel should look in the mirror to find out what is.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The U.S. military presence in Iraq was marked by the callous American attitude toward civilians, and the thorough lack of accountability in the military justice system.

Posted on: Jul 19, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Most Americans turn a blind eye to the violent acts being carried out in their name.

Posted on: Oct 25, 2010, Source: AlterNet

For all their value, the newly leaked documents will, unfortunately, reinforce the inaccurate lower estimates of Iraqi mortality.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2009, Source: The Nation

Now that Bush is gone, perhaps we can honestly face the damage we have wrought and the responsibilities we must accept from it.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2008, Source: MIT Center for International Studies

Obama will have to recover and renew the distinctly liberal principles and values embedded in the liberal internationalist tradition.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The warmongers who got us into Iraq are blaming everyone but themselves for the humanitarian disaster they created.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2007, Source: MIT Center for International Studies

With troubles for the U.S. global position mounting, it is easy to say that the foreign policy process is not working well. But what are the sources of trouble, and how readily can they be fixed?

Posted on: May 25, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The hard right in the U.S. has tried to exploit the arrest of Middle East scholar Haleh Esfandiari to create a reason for America's conservatives to attack Iran.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2007, Source: AlterNet

In the face of severe contempt and intimidation, a sizable number of Americans saw the charade for what it was and rued the oncoming disaster of war.

Posted on: Jan 15, 2007, Source: MIT Center for International Studies

The White House has always had a regional strategy to call on neighbors for help with the Iraq war, but that strategy -- like Iraq itself -- is in complete disrepair.

Posted on: Nov 27, 2006, Source: AlterNet

The distortions about the violence in Iraq persist even as the mayhem increases. Here are ten of the worst myths being spread in the media.

Posted on: Oct 11, 2006, Source: AlterNet

A researcher associated with a brand new mortality study is blunt to critics: 'Its accuracy is not an issue ... those who publicly dismiss the findings must offer an alternative.'

Posted on: Aug 14, 2006, Source: AlterNet

From the lack of body counts in Iraq, to drug wars to torture, the United States is making the world a worse place to live in.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2006, Source: AlterNet

The foiled bomb plot in the UK offers us and the Bush administration some pointers about the true nature of terrorism and its causes.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2006, Source: AlterNet

In the years since 9/11, our government's rabid fear of terrorists has led to cruel, disproportionate and foolish policies.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2006, Source: AlterNet

The Bush administration's comparison of the 'war on terror' to America's battle against totalitarianism falls wide of the mark.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2005, Source: The Nation

The lockdown strategy has made America less safe. There's a better approach.

Posted on: Oct 29, 2004, Source: AlterNet

A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University does what the Bush-Cheney administration refuses to do: Estimate the number of Iraqis killed in the last 18 months.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Tariq Ramadan of Switzerland, one of the world's most important Muslim scholars, was invited to teach at the University of Notre Dame. Then he ran right into the USA Patriot Act.

Posted on: Dec 15, 2003, Source: AlterNet

In his first major foreign policy speech, Howard Dean revealed why he is the best Democratic alternative to Bush.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2003, Source: AlterNet

It's time to think more creatively about homeland security and apply some of the obvious lessons of 9/11.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The vision of a democratic oasis in the desert of Muslim despotism is appearing more and more a mirage.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2003, Source: AlterNet

This fractious debate, and the search for the weapons themselves, is a red herring--a diversion from the real reasons for war.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Bush's push for war in Iraq runs the risk of draining American global power suddenly and irrevocably.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The costs have been enormously expensive on many fronts, but the final dangerous outcome of the "war on terrorism" is the ascending chance of a war against Iraq.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2001, Source: AlterNet

If the 50-year history of U.S. policy in southwestern Asia teaches us anything, it is that aggressive military actions lead to destabilization of countries and the amplification of militant Islamic sentiment around the world. A must-read analysis.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Elections change history in unexpected ways. Even though George W. Bush will probably win this contests, the results for progressives may not be as obvious or as dire as they first seem.