Michael Ratner Middle East Fellowship

IPS’s Middle East Fellowship is named for people’s lawyer and former National Lawyers Guild president and long-time president of the Center for Constitutional Rights Michael Ratner, who passed away too early in the spring of 2016. Michael’s passion for Palestinian rights, for ending US wars and occupations in the Middle East, for challenging US aggression around the world, for imagining a new foreign policy based on internationalism instead of empire – as well as his powerful commitment to teaching and mentoring younger lawyers and law students – all serve as the basis for making the IPS fellowship a part of Michael’s legacy.

The Fellowship aims to provide a one-year opportunity for an emerging public scholar, at a mid-career or earlier level, to spend a year working with IPS’s Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis, who directs the IPS New Internationalism Project. The project work includes a broad range of public scholarship (writing, speaking, organizing, advocacy) focused on transforming U.S. policy regarding Palestine, wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and beyond, the Iran nuclear deal and sanctions, U.S. domination of Middle East issues in the United Nations, and, overall, supporting diplomacy over war. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in IPS including staff meetings, collaborations with other project staff, and involvement with the broader intellectual and activist life of the Institute.

Latest Work

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We Welcome Asylum Seekers and Defend Their Rights

An open letter from over one hundred artists, activists, scholars, and writers
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America Has 14,000 Golf Courses And 6,000 Refugees Waiting At The Border

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How Ordinary Americans Can Welcome Migrants and Refugees With Open Arms

In 2015, ordinary Europeans welcomed refugees with open arms. Will we do the same with the caravan from Central America?
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Those of us who oppose the war in Yemen must dig in for a serious fight.
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As Authoritarians Band Together, We Need a Global Opposition Movement

From Trump to Putin, Netanyahu to Duterte, and around the world, democratic rights are under attack.
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The U.S. Isn’t Just Backing the Yemen War—It’s Helping Trap Those Forced to Flee

How the United States is helping Oman militarize its border with Yemen.
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Both Parties Help Trump Boost War Spending

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Given What the U.S. Has Done to the World, It Should Be Letting All Refugees In

The U.S. is slamming the door on people forcibly displaced by American interventions.
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If We Want to Support Refugees, We Need To End the Wars That Create Them

The sanctuary movement needs an anti-war voice.
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Trump's Year in Islamophobia

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What Makes Muslim Ban 3.0 So Dangerous

The Supreme Court's decision to let the indefinite ban go forward will certainly embolden Trump and his hardline supporters.

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For Desperate Detainees, the Only Way Out of Guantanamo Is to Starve to Death

For prisoners on hunger strike, the Trump administration looks prepared to let them die.
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Trump Plans to Make It Easier to Kill Civilians with Drones. Sadly, We Can Thank Obama for That.

As the war on terror enters its 17th year, it's clear that abuses of power by one administration lead to abuses by the next.
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The War on Terror Has Targeted Muslims Almost Exclusively

The war on terror was supposed to be about making our country safer. As a Muslim American, I don’t feel safer at all.