Seth Frantzman

Seth J. Frantzman

Seth J. Frantzman is Oped Editor and Middle East affairs analyst at The Jerusalem Post. He has covered the war against Islamic State, three Gaza wars, the conflict in Ukraine, the refugee crises in Eastern Europe and also reported from Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Senegal, the UAE, Ukraine and Russia.

Born in Maine, he received his Ph.D from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2010. He previously served as a research associate at the Rubin Center for Research in International Affairs at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya and a lecturer in American Studies at Al-Quds University. Currently he is the Executive Director of The Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis and a Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum. Frantzman has conducted research and worked for the JDC, The Shalem Center, the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies and as a Post-Doctoral at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was a Congressional intern for Congressman Jim Kolbe while studying at The University of Arizona.

A contributor to Defense News, The National Interest and the Digest of Middle East Studies. His current interests include regional security, Kurdish issues, refugees, the history of the Holy Land, the Beduin and land laws. As a features writer and commentator on current affairs and politics he attempts to provide new views on old canards, reflected in his column's name, Terra Incognita. He is the author of 'After ISIS: America, Iran and the Struggle for the Middle East' (Gefen Publishing 2019).

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YPG (Kurdish People's Protection Units) is written over a wall painting of ISIS flag inside a house,

U.S. needs SDF to keep guarding its ISIS prisoners

Police stand guard during an anti-government protest in front of the Parliament in Tirana, Albania M

Iran’s long arm sought to kill dissidents in Albania

Smoke rises over the Syrian town of Ras al Ain, as seen from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar,

Despite setback, Kurds appear ready for spotlight

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about Turkey and Syria during a formal signing ceremony for the U

US ignores the refugees its Syria withdrawal created - Analysis

A Turkish military helicopter flies over as Turkish and U.S. troops return from a joint U.S.-Turkey

Confusion, changing goals and arrogance led U.S. policy in Syria

Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C

US Syria envoy Jeffrey: I was not consulted by Trump on withdrawal

Suez Canal

Massive naval exercise begins in Gulf, message to Tehran


Iraq trolls U.S. Syria withdrawal, tells American troops they can’t stay


From Operation Inherent Resolve to Operation “secure the oil” in Syria?

Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stand together near the village of Baghouz

U.S. says it has no commitment to 100,000 Syrian SDF it trained


Obama era politics casts shadow over U.S. Syria discussions


U.S. once stopped ethnic cleansing, now it excuses it in Syria - Analysis


U.S. policy on Syria unravels as Turkish ceasefire doesn't hold


Refugees call on world to stop Turkey’s airstrikes in Syria

Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters sit inside a military vehicle near the border town of Tel Abyad,

Why Turkey got anti-Assad rebels to fight Kurds

A newsstand in Manhattan outfitted with ‘Fake News’ headlines was a stunt by ‘Columbia Journalism'

Fake news in the era of journalism challenges


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