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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Nationalism will only make a global pandemic worse. We are all in this together, and our foreign policies should reflect that. (Photo: via EuroYankee) Views
Monday, April 13, 2020
How Wars, Sanctions, and Militarism Made the Coronavirus Crisis Worse
Governments around the world are offering a tragic lesson in how denial, incompetence, and inequity have exacerbated the unfolding coronavirus pandemic. That is just as true in the United States, where President Trump’s lies, denials, and half measures — as well as our woefully underprepared health...
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Trump is not ending wars, but preparing for more war. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Ending the Myth That Trump Is Ending the Wars
There was this moment during the State of the Union Address that I can’t stop thinking about. When President Trump spoke to army wife Amy Wiliams during his speech and told her he’d arranged her husband’s return home from Afghanistan as a “special surprise,” it was difficult to watch. Sgt. Townsend...
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 Protesters display signs as they march to mark the third anniversary of the war in Iraq March 19, 2006 in Portland, Oregon. Thousands participated in the event in Portland as demonstrators in cities across the U.S. called for an end to the conflict and withdrawal of U.S. troops. (Photo: Greg Wahl-Stephens/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 08, 2020
We Need a Strong Anti-War Movement—Yesterday
The new year opened with the United States committing an extrajudicial assassination in a foreign country by drone. I’m not talking about the January 3, 2020 rocket attack that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. I’m talking about the January 1, 2019 drone strike that killed Jamal Al Badawi, an...
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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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