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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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.

Taliban’s Sweeping Offensive in Afghanistan Was “Inevitable” and Stems from Brutal U.S. War

Phyllis Bennis joins Democracy Now! to discuss the latest from Afghanistan, including the Taliban’s recent capture of three more provincial capitals.

The Triumph and Tragedy of the Olympic Refugee Team

It’s beautiful that there’s an Olympic team for 82 million displaced people. But have we accepted mass displacement as the new normal?

Ben & Jerry’s Is Carrying on a Proud Tradition of Boycotts for Human Rights

Pulling out of Israel’s illegal settlements, encouraged by a petition campaign in their home state of Vermont, is consistent with their history — and U.S. public opinion.

War Criminal Found Dead at 88

The human and economic costs of Donald Rumsfeld’s wars are staggering.

The Real Danger of Israel’s New Government

Some in Washington may be so glad to be rid of Netanyahu that they’ll welcome his even more hardline successor.

To End Poverty in the United States, End Militarism

Congress rarely links poverty to militarism, but that’s about to change.

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