Farrah Hassen is the 2008 Carol Jean and Edward F. Newman Fellow. Her projects include working on a film about the history of IPS, expanding her master’s thesis on “Syria and the Iraq War,” and publishing articles on U.S.-Syria relations, U.S. policy in the Middle East, Iraq, Iran, and the Middle East peace process. She is the co-author (with Phyllis Bennis) of the chapter, “U.S. Policy Toward the Middle East: Elevating Peace By Resolving Crises,” featured in the book, Mandate for Change: Policies and Leadership for 2009 and Beyond.

Born in the UAE, raised in the USA, Farrah holds a Master’s in International Affairs from American University’s School of International Service, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2007. She received her BA in Political Science at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she was honored as the “Outstanding Political Science Graduate” of 2004. She served as IPS Fellow Saul Landau’s research assistant from 2001-2004 and interned for the Institute’s Global Economy project in 2002. Farrah received the Institute’s Seymour Melman Fellowship in 2005, which allowed her to travel to Syria and research US-Syrian relations, Syrian foreign policy, and the nascent reform process.

Farrah interned at the UNDP office in Damascus in 2004, worked as Harry Belafonte’s executive assistant in New York, and served as the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s (ADC) Southern California organizer in 2005. She also worked as a research assistant at the National Security Archive in Washington D.C., documenting the lead-up, entry, and conduct of the 2003 war in Iraq by using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to access key documents. Farrah’s numerous political commentaries, movie and book reviews and poetic attempts have appeared in publications including The Chicago Tribune, The Asia Times, Counterpunch, The Progressive Media Project, ZNet, Foreign Policy In Focus, Creative Syria, Common Dreams, and Race and Class.


My Socrates Wore a Guayabera

Remembering Saul Landau, 1936-2013

The Roundabout Road Back To Tahrir

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi may have inadvertently provided his critics with a temporary unifying device.

Notable Documentary on Fidel Castro Awarded Preservation Grant

Saul Landau’s film about this important Latin American political actor will be preserved through a grant by the National Film Preservation Foundation.

Chuck Norris, Randall Terry and the Baseless Sharia Law Theory that Won’t Go Away

Conservative fear-mongers are trying to create a controversy around the practice of Islam in this country by elevating ridiculous warnings about “Shariah law.”

Video: Reflections on Islamophobia

The Institute for Policy Studies takes you inside Congressman Peter King’s first hearing on the “extent of radicalization in the American Muslim community” held on March 10, 2011 and looks further at the issue of Islamophobia.

Marcus Raskin: Being and Doing for Five Decades

Institute for Policy Studies co-founder Marcus Raskin has provided inspiration for progressive thinkers and social movements for over 50 years.

Elections Unlikely Barometer for Change in Afghanistan

After eight years of bloody fighting, elections are unlikely to bring dramatic change.

Lifting the Veil

A Muslim-American reflects on Obama’s Cairo speech.

Film Review: A Waltz for the War-Weary

Change cannot happen until the prevailing, destructive narrative of war and occupation is challenged head-on, collectively shaking Israeli consciousness—and amnesia.

President Obama Has Things Backward in Afghanistan

He’s putting the escalation cart way out in front of the strategy horse.

Gaza: Israel, Washington to Blame

President-elect Barack Obama has pledged to restore America’s image in the world. He should start by elevating peace and justice in the Middle East over war and occupation.

‘W’: Bush Ultra-Lite

At a time when we need Marx’s analytical abilities, Oliver Stone offers Freud.

Strange Strike

Syria learned yet again with the recent helicopter attack, when it comes to relations with Washington, no good deed goes unpunished.

The Ab-surge-ity of it All

President Bush continues to claim, and McCain and Palin repeat, “The Iraqis are better of because they’re free” and remain free thanks to the surge. But the new dictionary has interesting synonyms for the word “absurgeity.”

Christians United for Israel and Attacking Iran

We can’t ignore Christian Zionists’ influence on U.S. policy toward the Middle East

Abourezk Meeting Logical

The next U.S. President should meet with parties it doesn’t agree with – including the leaders of Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah.

Daley’s Wrong on Iran Attack Resolution

Mayor Daley’s questioning of Iran’s attacking Israel conveniently ignores the larger point of the Chicago City Council resolution.

To the Chicago City Council, a Resolution Opposing War on Iran

The Middle East is plagued with multiple crises, including the plight of Iraqi refugees. A war on Iran would make things worse.

Petraeus Promotion an Ominous Sign of Possible War with Iran

A war with Iran is still a possibility–and a bad idea.

Iran in the Crosshairs: How to Prevent Washington’s Next War

As George W. Bush’s administration enters its last year in office, the danger of a U.S. military attack on Iran looms.

    The Roundabout Road Back To Tahrir

    Counterpunch | December 7, 2012

    Reflections on Islamophobia

    AlterNet | April 19, 2011

    Lifting the Veil

    Foreign Policy In Focus | December 14, 2009

    Elections Unlikely Barometer for Change in Afghanistan

    Foreign Policy In Focus | August 24, 2009

    President Obama Has Things Backward in Afghanistan

    The Black Commentator | April 2, 2009

    President Obama Has Things Backward in Afghanistan

    The Greenwich Time | March 24, 2009

    Film Review: A Waltz for the War-Weary

    Foreign Policy In Focus | March 12, 2009

    President Obama Has Things Backward in Afghanistan

    Indepedent Media Center | March 10, 2009