Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies. He edits its Foreign Policy In Focus and OtherWords services, contributes regularly to both outlets, and works with IPS experts to develop writing for mainstream and progressive publications.

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.

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2012 in 16 Stories

Our biggest stories from 2012.

Israel’s Real-World Flame War

The vapidity that often characterizes social media makes it the perfect vehicle to advertise the IDF’s senseless attacks on Gaza.

Six Global Issues The Foreign Policy Debates Won’t Touch

In the foreign policy debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, expect these issues to get short thrift.

Dogwhistling Past Libya

The deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Libya raises a whole host of uncomfortable questions.

Crowd-sourcing a Nation Into Existence

Nowhereisland proves that it doesn’t take fancy technology or big-name consultants to figure out what most people want.

Real Nowhere Men (and Women)

Nowhereisland is about living kindly, governing gently, and not taking oneself too seriously.

The Pitfalls of Presidential Priestliness

When it comes to decisions that take lives on behalf of the American people, “moral rectitude” is no substitute for transparency in the Obama administration.

The Accidental Experts

Two new films introduce the world’s premier experts on militarism (hint: you won’t meet them in Washington).

The Right’s Curious Nostalgia for Military Rule

Have conservatives ever met a junta they didn’t like?

Lies, Damn Lies, and Sanctions

Placating Israel is the underlying purpose of U.S. sanctions on Iran.

U.S. Government Finally Catching up With MEK Boosters Like Ed Rendell

Shilling for the Mujahedeen Khalq is apparently seen by Washington insiders as a lucrative and low-risk way to enact regime change in Iran.

Syria: The Wrong Drum to Beat

Hawks are using the death of journalists such as Marie Colvin to further the cause of military aid to Syria’s opposition.

Will the GOP Own Its Position on Israel-Palestine?

The Republican National Committee adopted a resolution that’s pro Israeli annexation of Palestinian territories and con an Israel-Palestine two-state solution.

Neocons Gag on Ron Paul

Hawk criticism of Ron Paul is a sign of alarm about the potential crumbling of the neocon consensus on foreign policy.

Fumbling Foreign Policy

Gingrich’s willingness to outsource U.S. military policy to Tel Aviv is even more mind-boggling than Romney’s deference on diplomacy.

Shedding Light on Immigration

A Vietnamese-American artist who arrived in the United States with one son and one shoe seeks to capture the debate on immigration in a huge mural.

Review: Zahra’s Paradise

Zahra’s Paradise skillfully employs the story of one family to elucidate a tenuous historical moment in Iran, fleshing it out in the richest of both human and political terms.

Iran: Here We Go . . .

Conservatives believe that Iran needs to suffer “overwhelming pain.”

An Alternative Eulogy for Steve Jobs

Jobs certainly thought differently, but the company he created acted the same as the competition.

One Step Closer: Lieberman Calls for No-Fly Zone Over Syria

Sen. Joseph Lieberman has reportedly become the first U.S. senator to call publicly for military intervention in Syria.