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 Nation, The 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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