Ryan J. Suto

Ryan J. Suto is a writer on the United States and the Middle East. He graduated from Syracuse University’s Law and Public Diplomacy program, where he received certificates in Middle Eastern Affairs, International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. He holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Philosophy from Penn State University.

Democracy Check: Trump at 100 Days

Apr 28, 2017

An assessment of institutional democracy at the onset of the Trump administration. Since his election to the US presidency on November 8, 2016, there has been much discussion as to whether Donald Trump is a rising authoritarian strongman who will bring the downfall of liberal democracy in the United States. Has...

What Does the Latest Electronics Ban Mean for Morocco?

Mar 22, 2017

The recent ban on in-flight electronics can be construed as a deliberate step to discourage Muslims from traveling to the US. On February 8, 2017, my wife and I arrived in Casablanca, Morocco. Just like outside many international airports around the world, we were greeted with hand-made signs in various...

Trump’s Russian Ties Fool US Voters

Jan 18, 2017

Neither our Constitution nor our laws can prevent a sufficiently large number of Americans from making gravely poor decisions. The past 10 days have brought to the surface a list of revelations about, and statements from, President-elect Donald Trump. These realities force Americans to inquire as to his motivations and that of...

Americans Need to Read Beyond the Headlines

Dec 05, 2016

Donald Trump is showing the next phase of this strategy: pure theater. Recently, President Barack Obama pointed out that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Grand Old Party (GOP) figured out something very important during the Obama presidency: Most Americans either don’t know or don’t care about the nuance...

Beyond 2016: Moving America Forward

Nov 21, 2016

If Americans do not engage with their fellow citizens, resentment over the impact of globalization will grow. A cottage industry of commentators has emerged in explaining the rise of Donald Trump and how he eventually went on to capture the White House. However, what has become clear over the past...

Mental Health as Foreign Policy: Trauma in the Arab World

Nov 04, 2016

The US presidential campaign debate on Middle East policy has focused disproportionately on the response to the Islamic State. This series instead focuses on five alternative Middle East policy challenges facing the next president. In this final part, Ryan J. Suto discusses addressing the human consequence of regional conflict. Read part...

America’s Outdated Special Relationship With Saudi Arabia

Nov 02, 2016

The US presidential campaign debate on Middle East policy has focused disproportionately on the response to the Islamic State. This series instead focuses on five alternative Middle East policy challenges facing the next president. In this fourth part, Ryan J. Suto discusses the US-Saudi special relationship. Read part one on Iraq, part two on...

Bilateral Complicity: The Next US President and Egypt

Sep 28, 2016

The current US presidential campaign debate on Middle East policy has focused disproportionately on the US response to the Islamic State. This series instead focuses on five alternative Middle East policy challenges facing the next president. In this third part, Ryan J. Suto discusses the future of bilateral relations with...

Tunisia Has New Leaders, But Old Challenges

Sep 23, 2016

The US presidential campaign debate on Middle East policy has focused disproportionately on the response to the Islamic State. This series instead focuses on five alternative Middle East policy challenges facing the next president. In this second part, Ryan J. Suto discusses the economic and security challenges in Tunisia. Read...

Bringing the Promised Democracy to Iraq

Sep 20, 2016

The US presidential campaign debate on Middle East policy has focused disproportionately on the response to the Islamic State. This series instead focuses on five alternative Middle East policy challenges facing the next president. In this first part, Ryan J. Suto discusses the importance of future US policy toward Iraq....

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