The Syrian Refugee Crisis & the U.S.: What is Our Responsibility?

The Syrian Refugee Crisis & the U.S.: What is Our Responsibility?

Three experts on the Syrian crisis will address the issues faced by refugees, the need for ending the war to end the refugee crisis, the role of the U.S. in creating and its obligations for solving this crisis, and what the U.S. should do to assist and welcome Syrian...
Is The U.S. Fighting for Regime Change in Syria?

Is The U.S. Fighting for Regime Change in Syria?

While Secretary John Kerry talks of some kind of peace process for Syria, Washington appears to be doubling down on the same failed policy. Nonetheless, if the Russian deployment has bought time for diplomacy to take place, it has also bought time for the Syrian army...
Will the U.S. Appease Netanyahu and Increase Military Aid to Israel?

Will the U.S. Appease Netanyahu and Increase Military Aid to Israel?

U.S. President Barack Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Monday. It’s the first time the two leaders have met in more than a year. For more on the significance of this meeting and whether it would help smooth over strained...
Mending Our Welcome Mat

Mending Our Welcome Mat

At the Canadian border, there were no wire fences or soldiers with guns. The biggest decision Rose’s family had to make was whether or not to identify themselves as Jewish when they registered with American immigration services. It was a huge, potentially...
 What Can ‘Star Trek’ Teach Us About American Exceptionalism?

 What Can ‘Star Trek’ Teach Us About American Exceptionalism?

They were the “best and the brightest” but on a spaceship, not planet Earth, and they exemplified the liberal optimism of their era. The original Star Trek,whose three-year TV run began in 1966, featured a talented, multiethnic crew. The indomitable Captain Kirk had...
Understanding ISIS and U.S. Foreign Policy Since 9/11

Understanding ISIS and U.S. Foreign Policy Since 9/11

IPS’s Phyllis Bennis discusses U.S. foreign policy since the September 11, 2001 attacks, anti-terrorism efforts, and the Iran nuclear agreement with C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb. Watch below: For the full interview transcript, visit CSPAN’s website...
Film: The State of Arizona

Film: The State of Arizona

This vérité documentary captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona’s headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration. Tracking the year after Arizona passes SB1070, its controversial “papers please” law,...
Author Event: Foreclosing The Future

Author Event: Foreclosing The Future

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has vowed that his institution will fight poverty and climate change, a claim that World Bank presidents have made for two decades. In reality, the Bank often has been hurting the very people it claims to serve by funding development...
Our Stake in Guatemala’s Genocide Trial

Our Stake in Guatemala’s Genocide Trial

With Syria’s strife, the NRA’s annual meeting, and Kim Kardashian’s prenatal woes to report, Central America doesn’t exactly dominate U.S. headlines these days. So we understand that the octogenarian former dictator standing trial in Guatemala...
Visions: America after Hegemony

Visions: America after Hegemony

With the Iraq war fading into memory even as the country still simmers, the U.S. peace movement faces the need to reframe its message. We have spent the last 10 years resisting the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – tragedies that have not only devastated those...
Look to Diplomacy, Not War

Look to Diplomacy, Not War

Now that the inauguration festivities have ended, the real work of the Obama administration’s second term begins. President Barack Obama’s inaugural address was hailed by many as signaling a welcome commitment to an activist, progressive policy on...
No Military Solution in Mali, Emira Woods Says

No Military Solution in Mali, Emira Woods Says

“There cannot be a military solution to this crisis in Mali,” Emira Woods said on the PBS NewsHour. “The crisis has its roots in political and also economic processes, with people in the northern part of the country feeling completely marginalized...
Towards a Foreign Policy for the 99 Percent

Towards a Foreign Policy for the 99 Percent

Relief, rather than elation, was probably the emotion most U.S. peace activists felt when President Barack Obama won re-election. While Obama has been very disappointing on most peace issues, Mitt Romney would have been all the worse. So what now to expect from a...
Name that Foreign Policy Legacy

Name that Foreign Policy Legacy

In re-electing President Barack Obama, voters decisively rejected the Republican version of economic reform. Obama is already angling to use his mandate to solve the nation’s fiscal woes by letting the Bush-era tax cuts expire for the rich. But the election...