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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A Year Out, the Election Day Hangover We Can't Get Rid Of

At his inauguration Trump promised a government controlled by the people. How are the people faring so far?
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Republicans Admit Their Tax Plan Is All About Rich Donors

It’s unpopular. It’s expensive. But the donors want it.
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A U.S. Soldier Died in Niger. What on Earth Are We Doing There?

When our soldiers kill and die in wars we don’t know about and can’t end, we’re not a democracy anymore.
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White Supremacy Carries More Than a Tiki Torch

Republicans are condemning Trump’s coddling of white supremacists. Can they speak out against racist laws, too?
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Trump’s Worst Collusion Isn’t With Russia — It’s With Corporations

The billionaires who backed Trump are making out a lot better than Putin.
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A Bipartisan Vote to Put the Brakes on War

By putting such a sinister face on it, Trump might have finally inspired lawmakers to rein in America’s post-9/11 war machine.

The Hidden Bombshell in the Comey-Trump Story

The president didn’t just want the FBI to stop investigating his friend Mike Flynn. He wanted it to arrest journalists.

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.

Editorial Manager, Editor-in-Chief

Foreign Policy in Focus, OtherWords

peter@ips-dc.org

202-787-5255

Topics of Interest

foreign policy, Middle East

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