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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The Supreme Court is a Slurring, Undemocratic Mess

The court’s been popping off far-right proclamations like a drunk uncle at Thanksgiving.
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Nevermind the Wall — They’re Building Warehouses

The newest plank of immigration enforcement? Piling children into overcrowded detention centers.
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Actually, Trump Loves Chinese Goods—So Long as they Make Him Richer

Trump rallied to save a major Chinese firm right in the middle of a trade war of his own making. Why?
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There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria

We fired 105 missiles on April 14. That’s 10 times the number of Syrian refugees we’ve taken all year.
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Get Ready for Bush 2.0

The president once distanced himself from the Bush legacy. Now he's brought back the architects of its darkest moments.
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What Trump Wants on Immigration Is Ethnic Cleansing

The president's "open hand" to Democrats is full of poison pills.

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.

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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