Khury Petersen-Smith is the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at IPS. He researches U.S. empire, borders, and migration. Khury graduated from the Clark University Graduate School of Geography in Massachusetts, after completing a dissertation that focused on militarization and sovereignty. He is one of the co-authors and organizers of the 2015 Black Solidarity with Palestine statement, which was signed by over 1,100 Black activists, artists, and scholars.

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Death and Living in the Face of Empire

Julian Aguon’s ‘The Properties of Perpetual Light’ is a thoughtful meditation on how, to understand problems at the center of a colonial society, we have to look at the margins.

How U.S. Wars Abroad Are Intimately Tied to Police Brutality at Home

There are obvious links between anti-war movements against U.S. militarism and Black Lives Matter activism against police brutality. Is time for activists to join forces?

Biden Needs to Re-engage Iran Before It’s Too Late

Instead of resetting U.S. relations with Iran, Biden has mostly continued the course of aggression set by the Trump Administration.

There Is No “Border Crisis”

Discussing the border in nativist terms obscures the real crises that propel migrants to seek asylum in the United States.

One Year In: How Militarism Made the Pandemic Worse

When the world needed collaboration across borders to control the pandemic, U.S. militarism led to the opposite. We must change course.

Dangerous U.S. Bombing of Syria Worsens Regional Instability and Threatens Iran Nuclear Deal

Regardless of who is giving orders to U.S. bombers, we know that deploying U.S. troops, drones, and warplanes across the region does not provide safety or security for anyone.

Biden Must Do More Than Rejoin the Iran Nuke Deal

We need a decisive break from the previous century of US policy toward Iran, which has been based on domination.

The Backstory to Portland? Two Decades of ‘Homeland Security.’

Federal forces deployed in American cities is indeed cause for alarm. But we should also ask what these agents have been doing at the border and beyond.

Why Palestinians Are Mourning George Floyd

Black Lives Matter protests have jumped U.S. borders and reached across the world, including Palestine, where Floyd’s murder has struck a chord.

Hot and Cold Wars: Militarism and Pandemic

War hasn’t taken a break during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tiny Portugal Shows America the Right Way to Treat Essential Immigrants During the Coronavirus Crisis

Don’t ban the immigrants we need for essential jobs — welcome them with open arms and full rights.

War And Militarism Is Worsening COVID Crisis

Despite millions of coronavirus cases around the globe, war continues to be waged — many of them on behalf of the united states. That must end immediately.

How Wars, Sanctions, and Militarism Made the Coronavirus Crisis Worse

As we take steps to control the virus, these devastating U.S. foreign policies need to be immediately reversed.

Webinar: Security, Racism and Solidarity in the Time of Global Pandemics

Khury Petersen-Smith and Rebecca Vilkomerson discuss racism and security, and how the coronavirus pandemic gives us an opportunity to redefine security.

Open the Borders. Open the Prison Gates. Don’t Sacrifice a Single Person to This Virus.

Closed borders and ICE raids mean crowded detention centers and camps, which is always inhumane. In a pandemic, it’s a global public health threat.

Trump Has Shattered the Bipartisan Consensus on Israel — and That’s a Good Thing

Recent years have seen growth in solidarity with Palestinians as many question support for Israel.

Ending the Myth That Trump Is Ending the Wars

Trump has sent more new troops to the Middle East than he’s bringing home from Afghanistan.

We Need a Strong Anti-War Movement—Yesterday

As we spiral toward a confrontation between the U.S. and Iran, it’s worth reflecting on the failures to rein in U.S. aggression along the way.

Trump Steps Into a Turkish-Kurdish Minefield

The U.S. is deeply involved in the region surrounding Syria. Its actions helped lay the groundwork for the current struggle faced by the Kurds.

Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds Is Terrible, But the Answer Is Not Endless War

Like millions of others, the Kurds are victims of disastrous U.S. interventions in the region.