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Seth J. Frantzman

Seth J. Frantzman was born in Maine. He received his Ph.D from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2010 and is a research associate at the Rubin Center for Research in International Affairs at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. Frantzman has conducted research and worked for the JDC, The Shalem Center, Aish Ha Torah, the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies and as a Post-Doc at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A frequent contributor to the Digest of Middle East Studies, he also lectured in American Culture at Al-Quds University. His current interests include regional security, Kurdistan, 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, hence his column's name, Terra Incognita. He is currently The Jerusalem Post's op-ed editor. He has covered the war on ISIS in Iraq and reported from Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, west Africa and Eastern Europe.

18 August 2019 05:18 PM

Will Iran outmaneuver US in hunt for Grace 1 tanker?

Re-flagged as the Adrian Darya, it could be sailing towards Syria or another destination soon.

17 August 2019 03:13 PM

Five years after Yazidi genocide, US warns ISIS is rebounding

ISIS is trying to make a comeback in Iraq and Syria. It has established a more stable command network in Iraq.

15 August 2019 02:57 PM

How will Iraq interpret 3rd explosion at base of Iran-backed militias?

An explosion at a warehouse in Baghdad this week led to rumors and questions. Could it be the heat of summer, or was it a mysterious drone some said

09 June 2019 12:12 PM

From Gaza to Iraq: Fire is a new weapon of ISIS, Hamas and others

More than 2,000 fires have been set in southern Israel and 8,700 acres burned between May 2018 and May 2019.

27 April 2019 07:51 PM

Terra Incognita: The insidious genocidal evil of terrorism

Unlike the 20th century where the machinery of state-sponsored genocide sought to remake society by murdering millions, our century is dominated by the slow but persistent mass murder of smaller groups of people by terrorists.

18 March 2019 08:01 PM

Terra Incognita: Why didn’t Algeria light a new fuse by now?

Bouteflika is one of the last of the old men in the region. He was born in 1937 when Algeria was under French colonial rule.

13 March 2019 02:16 PM

Terra Incognita: Colonial origins of sympathy for ‘ISIS brides’

The obsessive focus on the “ISIS brides” at the expense of telling the story of ISIS victims is a legacy of the colonial era.

30 January 2019 10:13 PM

Kurdistan Region caught between Turkish-Kurdish militant conflict

As the 1990s became the 2000s, a new conflict elbowed its way into the region.

03 January 2019 09:29 PM

Is Iran’s influence in Iraq growing or has it reached a plateau?

Iran’s role in Iraq is multi-layered. It suffered a slight setback in the elections in 2018 as Muqtada al-Sadr, a Shiite cleric and Iraqi nationalist, came in first.

02 November 2018 12:17 PM

Foiled Iranian bomb plot overshadows Tehran's European charm offensive

It is not the first time Iranian state agents have been investigated or accused of plots in Europe.

17 October 2018 08:49 PM

A strong Kurdistan region is good for US in Iraq

Now is an optimal time for the United States to show the Kurdish region that Washington understands its strategic importance

27 August 2018 07:15 PM

A unique regional opportunity to confront Iran on various fronts

The US also has an opportunity to work with groups within Iran that oppose the regime.

21 July 2018 06:10 PM

Mass Iraq protests are opportunity for US to confront Iran in Baghdad

On Monday, July 16, Iraqi protesters in the southern oil city of Basra burned a poster of Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei, shouting “Iran out!”