Fellow Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at IPS, focusing on Middle East, U.S. wars and UN issues. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. In 2001 she helped found the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, and now serves on the national board of Jewish Voice for Peace. She works with many anti-war and Palestinian rights organizations, writing and speaking widely across the U.S. and around the world. She has served as an informal adviser to several top UN officials on Middle East issues and was twice short-listed to become the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Phyllis has written and edited eleven books. Among her latest is the just-published 7th updated edition of her popular Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. She has also written Before & After: US Foreign Policy and the War on Terror and Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the UN Defy U.S. Power.

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Phyllis Bennis on Rising Up with Sonali on Biden’s Middle East Trip and the Murder of Shireen Abu Akleh

Phyllis Bennis speaks about Biden’s trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia, and his limited discussion of the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh.

Biden in the Middle East

Phyllis Bennis joined Al Jazeera to discuss the significance and implications of Biden’s trip to the Middle East.

What’s Really Going On with the War in Ukraine?

Phyllis Bennis joins a panel to discuss the peace movement, the Ukraine war, Russia, and NATO.

NATO, Ukraine and the New World Disorder: Against Imperialism East and West

Phyllis Bennis joins an international panel to debunk the Western myths about the Ukraine War and provide a much needed analysis of the alarming global drift to war.

Reseal the Deal with Iran

A renewed JCPOA provides a way to avoid the threat of war that would arise should Iran at some point move toward nuclear capability.

Americans Must Demand a Credible Investigation Into Shireen Abu Akleh’s Killing

If our tax dollars are furnishing the weapons that kill journalists and other innocents, that’s not just an international crime — it’s against U.S. law, too.

Say No to a ‘No-Fly Zone’ in Ukraine

Rather than cheering for a potentially catastrophic escalation, there are other options for the United States to help the Ukrainian people.

The Best Way to Help Ukraine Is Diplomacy, Not War and Increased Militarization

Increasing military aid in Ukraine could thwart peace talks between Russia and Ukraine — which appeared to be making progress in the past few days.

The Best Way to Help Ukraine is Diplomacy, Not War

Every war eventually ends with diplomacy. The question is how long the killing goes on before the diplomats stop it.

Respond to Putin’s Illegal Invasion of Ukraine With Diplomacy, Not War

There’s no “national interest” worth risking nuclear conflict. But urgent diplomacy and humanitarian aid — and Russia’s own antiwar movement — could stop the suffering.

Israel Is Committing the Crime of Apartheid. What Should We Do About It?

The international movement for Palestinian rights laid the ground for declarations by Amnesty International and other human rights organizations. We must follow up.

Human Rights Groups Agree: Israel Is Practicing Apartheid

The U.S. gives Israel’s military $3.8 billion a year. According to a new Amnesty report, that money funds apartheid.

Desmond Tutu Spoke Truth in the Face of Oppression

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Phyllis Bennis discuss the life and legacy of the South African archbishop.

The Israeli Firm NSO — Makers of Pegasus Spyware — Must Be Banned

And why the Biden administration has taken unprecedented action against a company with such deep ties to the Israeli government.

War on Terror Film Festival Panel Discussion: We Are Many

Phyllis Bennis joins a War on Terror Film Festival panel discussion for the film, We Are Many.

9/11 and After: The Need Is Still for Justice, Not Vengeance

The U.S. has spent over $21 trillion on wars, the military, and the national security state since 9/11. That money should have been used for health care, climate, jobs, and education.

Biden Defends Ending “Forever War” in Afghanistan and Criticizes Using War as Tool for Nation-Building

Phyllis Bennis joins Democracy Now! to discuss the latest news on Afghanistan, including Biden’s speech about ending the war there, and where the U.S. military will turn its attention next.

The U.S. Exit from Afghanistan Was Doomed to be Ugly

Phyllis Bennis joins MSNBC’s The Last Word to discuss the aftermath of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: Who’s to Blame and What Next?

Phyllis Bennis joins a panel discussion hosted by CODEPINK to discuss the collapse of the U.S.-backed Afghan government.

Washington’s War in Afghanistan is Over. What Happens Now?

President Biden was right to withdraw U.S. troops. But we should have no illusion that this will end the war for Afghans.

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