New Internationalism

The New Internationalism project focuses on Middle East and United Nations issues.”New internationalism” refers to the combination of foreign policies based on international law, human rights and equality for all, linked with the power of global social movements​ and [sometimes] progressive governments and the UN, in fighting against wars, occupations and empire. In the Middle East, the project is working to end U.S. wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya and beyond, and ending U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The project focuses on education, activism and advocacy to change U.S. policies away from militarism and towards the goals of human rights, equality for all, and peace with justice – a policy that chooses diplomacy over war. The project also works to challenge U.S. domination of the United Nations, and to help democratize and empower the global organization in its fight for peace and human rights. In all these arenas, the the projects works with partner organizations who are organizing, mobilizing and building movements in the U.S. and globally, to challenge U.S. power and to support those fighting for justice in the Middle East.

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Latest Work

UN Note: The Missing U.S. Ambassador

The UN voted on the Goldstone Report last week. But where was U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice?

‘A World Without Nuclear Weapons’ Might Still be Possible

Real U.S. negotiations with Iran should begin with a call for a nuclear weapons-free zone across the Middle East–no exceptions.

Talking Points: The Midwest, Mideast, and a New Book on Afghanistan

The dangers of another, even greater, U.S. escalation in Afghanistan are rising; the continuing war in Iraq is exploding anew; the possibilities-but-still-dangers in U.S. engagement with Iran remain hopeful but tense; and U.S. diplomatic engagement in the Middle East is still designed to fail.

UN Body Backs War Crimes Charges on Israel Hamas

US threw a protective arm around Israel, but failed to stop the UN Human Rights Council from endorsing accountability efforts.

Netanyahu Speaks: The Israel-Palestine Ball Remains in Obama’s Court

The Israeli prime minister’s speech responding to U.S. wishes for the region amounted to little more than rhetorical change.

Obama in Egypt: Changing the Discourse

Obama’s approach toward the Muslim world may be diplomatic but there needs to be more action.

Lifting the Veil

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

Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer

Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer

Netanyahu at the White House: Not Yet Change We Can Believe In

The reality of power – that the U.S. is still the financial, military, diplomatic and political superpower patron on which Israel depends – was not reflected in the press conference that followed the meeting.

Netanyahu Visits the White House: Change We Can Believe in for U.S.-Israeli Relations?

Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Obama has the chance to make good on real change in U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Contested Terrain: Obama’s Iraq Withdrawal Plan and the Peace Movement

President Obama’s speech to Congress was a good first step, but we still have a lot of work to do to end the war in Iraq.

Obama to Announce Iraq Troop Withdrawal

President Obama is about to order the beginning of the end of the U.S. war and occupation of Iraq. Or is he?

Shifting to the Right in Israel

The rise of the extreme right — especially the explicitly racist right wing of Avigdor Lieberman — is a dangerous development.

Israel: Rise of the Right

In its recent elections Israel witnessed the rise of the right, the extreme right, and the fascist right.

Israel May Escape War Crimes Charges

Despite massive violations of international law, difficulties abound in holding Israeli officials accountable.

Gaza Under Siege

Gaza is now synonymous with carnage, rising death tolls, destroyed schools, and city streets slick with blood.

A Letter to the New York Times on the Gaza Crisis

The Israeli airstrikes are a clear violation of international humanitarian law.

Gaza Crisis: Israeli Violations & U.S. Complicity

The Israeli airstrikes represent serious violations of international law—including the Geneva Conventions and a range of international humanitarian law—and the U.S. is complicit in all of it.

The Gaza Crisis: Israeli Airstrikes & U.S. Complicity

The Israeli airstrikes represent serious violations of international law—including the Geneva Conventions and a range of international humanitarian law—and the U.S. is complicit in all of it.

Detaining the United Nations

Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, wasn’t allowed into Israel on a recent trip. That action fits a pattern of Israeli efforts to hide the human consequences of the siege of Gaza and of the escalating settlement expansion in the West Bank.