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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Trump Steps Into a Turkish-Kurdish Minefield

The U.S. is deeply involved in the region surrounding Syria. Its actions helped lay the groundwork for the current struggle faced by the Kurds.
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Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds Is Terrible, But the Answer Is Not Endless War

Like millions of others, the Kurds are victims of disastrous U.S. interventions in the region.
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Trump Silences Tlaib and Omar for Embracing Palestinians' Humanity

Palestinians deserve to live freely, but their personhood and freedom are denied every day — with great assistance from the United States.
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Can Congress Use NDAA To Stop War With Iran?

The House, with Republic support, just passed an amendment to the $733 NDAA bill which would require Congressional approval for any war with Iran.
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Iran Is Not the Aggressor — the US Is

If a war breaks out, it won’t be because the Trump administration “bumbled” into one.
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There’s a Simple Explanation for Racial Disparities in Terrorism Prosecutions: Racism

Whether authorities classify an act as “terrorist” depends almost entirely on who carries it out, not what they did.
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As Long as Guantanamo Exists, Trump Has a Torture Chamber Ready To Use

The administration has discussed warehousing refugee children at the notorious prison.
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Who Is Breaking The Law At The Border?

At the Mexican border, US law is flagrantly disregarded by people who know they will never be punished.

Trump Oversees Death And Destruction In Syria, Afghanistan

Findings from a new Amnesty International report paint a gruesome, but accurate, picture of U.S. military involvement Raqqa, Syria.

Senate Invokes War Powers Act On Yemen War

The bill marks a rare show of partisan unity against the President.
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Progressives Should Support Open Borders — With No Apology

Supporting freedom of movement isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s a political winner for the left.
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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

The United States is a land of plenty, not scarcity — and undocumented immigrants are not the reason our hospitals and social services are crumbling.
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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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In Yemen, Trump Is Taking Tolerance for War Crimes to a New Level

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

From dealing weapons abroad to developing nuclear arms at home, Democrats and Republicans have something in common.
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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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