Khury Petersen-Smith

Khury Petersen-Smith

Khury Petersen-Smith is the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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Turkish soldiers prepare to cross the border into Syria on October 09, 2019 in Akcakale, Turkey. The military action is part of a campaign to extend Turkish control of more of northern Syria. (Photo: Burak Kara/Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 14, 2019
Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds Is Terrible, But the Answer Is Not Endless War
The biggest problem with the U.S. withdrawal of forces from the Syrian border with Turkey is that they were there in the first place. It is sickening that the U.S. would knowingly deliver the Kurds to Turkish violence again today. But our outrage should not lead us to embrace the U.S. presence in...
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The U.S. is brutalizing ordinary Iranians, even as its actions and rhetoric are driving toward a more serious military confrontation. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Monday, July 15, 2019
Iran’s Not the Aggressor. The U.S. Is.
It’s easy to be confused about what’s happening between the U.S. and Iran. On July 10, President Trump again accused Iran of violating the Obama-era nuclear deal, in a tweet that he concluded by promising to increase U.S. sanctions “substantially.” Similarly, headlines — such as a recent New York...
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We should match—and go beyond—their boldness, in defending the right to migrate as fundamental to humanity.(Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Progressives Should Support Open Borders—With No Apology
When President Donald Trump claimed in his State of the Union Address that “wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders, while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards,” it was his latest of countless efforts to accuse Democrats and liberals of being “soft” on migration. Like...
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Saturday, September 29, 2018
The US Isn't Just Backing the Yemen War—It's Helping Trap Those Forced to Flee
By now, the images are infamous: stunned, bloodied Yemeni children arriving at the hospital after their summer camp bus was bombed by Saudi aircraft. The United States is deeply implicated in that August 9 attack, which killed 54 people — most of them children. Fragments from the bomb bear the...
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Protesters march against the Muslim ban in Washington, DC. (Photo: Masha George / Washington, DC) Views
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Given What the U.S. Has Done to the World, It Should Be Letting All Refugees In
People across the United States and around the world have been rightly outraged by U.S. federal agencies’ detention of migrants and separation of their families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Shortly after, the Supreme Court’s ruled to uphold the Trump administration’s racist travel ban on several...
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