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Gordon Robison

Gordon Robison

Gordon Robison teaches political science at the University of Vermont. He has served as Baghdad Bureau Chief for the Fox News Channel, worked as a correspondent and field producer reporting from Kuwait, Jordan and Iraq for CNN.

 Recent Articles

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    Tuesday Jan 20

    Fight against Daesh needs fresh thinking

    What western leaders ought to realise is that this terror outfit can be easily degraded, but the mindset that drives it cannot be destroyed — not at least with the resources that US and its allies are willing to commit

  • story 2
    Tuesday Dec 9

    Obama, hostage rescues and terrorism

    If containing Al Qaida or Daesh is unacceptable because only obliterating either group will do, then the US president, his critics and rest of the world are doomed to failure

  • story 3
    Tuesday Nov 25

    Obama’s long game begins now

    The US president seems finally to have accepted the reality that the Republicans are going to criticise him, often in borderline-slanderous ways, no matter what he does

  • story 4
    Tuesday Nov 11

    Iran negotiations may be US polls’ casualty

    If the P5+1 and the Iranians do reach a deal it will surely require the Americans to ease sanctions

  • story 5
    Tuesday Oct 28

    Let fearmongers not dictate the Ebola discourse

    Many don’t want to hear that the US health system is doing fine because it clashes with their belief 
that the government can never do anything right

  • story 6
    Tuesday Oct 14

    Little will change if Republicans win

    A Republican Senate will surely combine with the Republican House to pass bills it knows Obama will never sign

  • story 7
    Tuesday Sep 30

    Action against Daesh isn’t war

    In the five weeks before mid-term elections, the challenge for Americans will be to ensure that the discussion of real issues does not get side-tracked by silly questions

  • story 8
    Tuesday Sep 16

    A political ‘perfect storm’

    Obama is caught between Republicans pushing for more strikes against Isil and party activists who oppose military action

  • Tuesday Sep 2

    What searching for a strategy on Isil means

    For Obama, Cameron and the other leaders, it is a question of balancing the risk of chaos against the risk of war

  • story 10
    Tuesday Aug 19

    Long shadow of 9/11 over Ferguson

    Many Americans wondered why local cops in a riot-hit suburb had vehicles that looked like small tanks