Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies. He edits its Foreign Policy In Focus and OtherWords services and coaches writing in the New Economy Maryland Fellowship program.

He’s a former associate editor of Right Web, a project that monitors efforts to influence U.S. foreign policy, and helped coordinate the first annual Global Day of Action on Military Spending.

His writings have appeared in The NationThe Washington Spectator, The Washington Examiner, and The Kansas City Star, among many other outlets. He’s also the coauthor of a chapter in the Verso collection The Wikileaks Files.

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After the Chemical Attack, It’s Time to Get Rid of the ‘Muslim Ban’

Now that he cares about the fate of Syrian children, I hope Trump will open up our country — not bomb theirs.
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Under Trump, the U.S. May Now Be Killing More Civilians Than Russia

With mass-casualty events from Raqqa to Mosul, some think the U.S. military is scrapping rules designed to protect innocents.
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The Worst Thing About Sessions? Everything We Already Knew.

What could Sessions have talked to the Russian ambassador about that could compare to his atrocious record on civil rights?
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There Was Nothing Moderate About Trump’s Speech

The president’s obsession with Muslims and immigrants gives cover to a simmering white nationalist movement at home.
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Trump's Report Card: No 'A's, Not Even For Effort

Three weeks into his presidency, Trump is now the fastest president to ever reach majority disapproval. Here's a look at the early days of the Trump administration, report-card style.
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The Trouble with Trump’s ‘Alternative Facts’

If Trump can sell a plain-as-day lie about his inauguration crowd, he can lie about anything — including things that hurt his own supporters.
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The Irony of the CIA's Russia-Trump Story

During the Cold War, the CIA did just the kind of meddling in foreign elections it’s accusing Russia of doing today — and more.
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America’s Dark Underbelly Is Now Its Face

Trump’s core supporters were so anxious about the changing face of America, they were willing to vote alongside the Klan.
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Clinton’s Surprising Debate Stumble on Trade

Bad trade deals created the social rot Trump is exploiting today. Why does Hillary defend them?
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The Sacrifice Muslim Soldier Khan Shouldn’t Have Had To Make

Clinton's rhetoric on the Muslim world might be friendlier than Trump's, but her record is much bloodier.
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Why ISIS Must Love Trump

While Muslims prayed for Orlando, the GOP nominee urged his followers to reach for their guns.
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Can Sanders Distinguish Himself From Clinton on Foreign Policy?

If Sanders wants political revolution, it doesn't just mean taking our economy back from the billionaires; It means taking our foreign policy back from the carpet bombers.

A Real ‘Political Revolution’ Would End the War in Iraq

Taking the diplomatic road on Iraq and Syria would let Sanders get back to the business he started in 2002 — making space between himself and Hillary Clinton on the Middle East.

Here’s the Thing About Terrorism Obama Won’t Tell You

Our wildly inflated fear of terrorism is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The War Machine

IPS's Peter Certo joins Telesur for an in-depth look at U.S. foreign policy as it relates to ISIS, Saudis, Syria, and more.

Military Intervention Is the Problem, Not the Solution

The Islamic State's latest atrocities are a calculated effort to bring the war in Syria home to the countries participating in it.
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Accounting for the Pentagon

The debate over defense spending isn't what it looks like.
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When Bibi Came to Town

Nearly 60 lawmakers did the right thing by skipping the Israeli prime minister's speech on Iran.
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Five Reasons Congress Should Reject Obama’s ISIS War

The Obama administration wants a rubber stamp on its unwise, unlimited, and unauthorized new war in the Middle East. It shouldn't get it.
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State of the Empire in 2015

Before Obama's State of the Union address falls out of the news cycle, here are the foreign policy tidbits you need to remember.

Editorial Manager, Editor-in-Chief

Foreign Policy in Focus, OtherWords

peter@ips-dc.org

202-787-5255

Topics of Interest

foreign policy, Middle East