Joseph Sarkisian
Joseph Sarkisian

Joseph graduated with a Master of Science in international relations from the University of Massachusetts Boston and was an intern at the Center for a New American Security in Washington, DC. He completed his BA at Arizona State University in political science as well as studied Arabic language, terrorism/counterterrorism, and religion. Joseph also lived in Egypt where he studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo in 2007. Joseph was the Secretary of the Executive Committee for the University of Massachusetts Graduate Student Government, a teaching assistant in his department, and teaches a class on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. His main areas of interest are the Af/Pak region, Iran, Syria, and other current foreign policy issues.

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May 23, 2014

The Robot Race Is Here, and the U.S. Is Already in Danger of Losing

Welcome to the future of war.

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March 6, 2014

Russia's State Media Thinks That Steven Seagal Is a Political Expert

And he has been saying some really dumb things on air.
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Feb. 28, 2014

There's One Bizarre Thing Americans and Middle Easterners Have in Common

Who doesn't love Frank Underwood?
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Jan. 26, 2014

Scarlett Johansson's Quotes About Israel-Palestine Went Viral. Here's Why People Are Angry.

Scarlett Johansson said some really dumb things surrounding her controversial role as SodaStream's new brand ambassador.
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Jan. 21, 2014

This One Paragraph in a Senate Bill Might Commit Us to War With Iran

A bipartisan group of senators is pushing legislation that would help Israel dictate U.S. policy.
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Jan. 12, 2014

5 Moments Show the Truth About Ariel Sharon the Mainstream Media Probably Won’t Tell You

Many have rushed to praise the Israeli leader, but there's a different side to his legacy that Palestinians know all too well.

Dec. 23, 2013

11 Times Everyone Freaked Out Over Dumb Celebrity Comments This Year

These 11 people made headlines based on controversy, but when it comes down to it, they're completely meaningless.
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Dec. 3, 2013

Iran Sanctions Bill Could Be An Ingenious Exercise in Diplomacy

As the Senate readies sanctions against Iran, Obama looks like a hero. And maybe that's the point.
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Nov. 20, 2013

To Perform Jihad In English, Press 1

Al-Qaeda is back, and it has its public relations department to thank.
Nov. 15, 2013

Millennials Are Godless Heathens

In the fight for your soul, the almighty brand is winning out over organized religion.
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Nov. 8, 2013

We Need More Crack-Smoking Mayors Like Rob Ford

These five reasons sum up why Rob Ford is A benchmark mayor.

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Nov. 6, 2013

Tea Party is Destroying Something Much Worse Than Just Congress

The Tea Party is supported largely by conservative Evangelical Christians who are putting us all on a path to failure.
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Oct. 31, 2013

Your Halloween Party Cheat Sheet For Sounding Smart About Foreign Affairs

These foreign affairs topics will not only make you sound smart at your Halloween party, they'll also freak everyone out.
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Oct. 17, 2013

Conflict in Syria: No Matter What We Do, It's Looking Bleak

Syria faces astronomical challenges in the years ahead. The news isn't likely to change, even if UN inspectors find Assad's weapons.
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Sept. 25, 2013

Peace With Iran? 5 Things Obama Should Have Done to Make History at the UN

The U.S. missed a crucial chance at the UN on Tuesday. These 5 steps towards reconciliation with its Iranian adversary could have made history.
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Sept. 13, 2013

Here's How Obama Escapes the Biggest Foreign Policy Disaster in 10 Years

Unless the U.S. can add strict stipulations to Russia's plan, let the bombs fall where they may.

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Aug. 30, 2013

5 Reasons War With Syria Would Be a Disaster

The Obama administration seems likely to embark upon a relatively fruitless campaign to punish Bashar al-Assad. It won't work, and here's why
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Aug. 12, 2013

Shuttered U.S. Consulate in Lahore is a Sign the War On Terror Has Gone Horribly Wrong

Embassy closures prove Al-Qaeda is back — and we have U.S. foreign policy to thank.
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Aug. 8, 2013

U.S. Sanctions On Iran Are So Bad, Women Have Run Out of Birth Control

It's gotten to the point where innocent citizens who need vital medicines are turning to expensive and sketchy black market drugs.
June 27, 2013

'Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer Documentary' — A Brilliant Democratic Message

Sit back, put on your pink balaclava, and get inspired for the message in “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer.”