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 and remains active with the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights. She works with many anti-war organizations, writing and speaking widely across the U.S. and around the world as part of the global peace movement. 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 Understanding ISIS & the New Global War on Terror: A Primer, as well as 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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Understanding ISIS and U.S. Foreign Policy Since 9/11

Phyllis Bennis discusses the rise of ISIS and U.S. foreign policy since the September 11, 2001 attacks

Why Does Senator Schumer Oppose the Iran Nuclear Deal?

Author and analyst Phyllis Bennis discusses president Obama’s Iranian nuclear deal and the opposition to that deal.

Supporters of Diplomacy over War Must Speak Up

Lawmakers need to hear from their constituents who support the nuclear deal with Iran.

Israel’s Nuclear Weapons a Major Factor in Mideast Arms Race

Despite the focus on Iran, Israel is the only country in the Middle East that has a nuclear weapons arsenal.

Congress Mulls Iran Nuclear Pact

The U.S. military-industrial complex plays a role as Congress considers rejecting the Iran nuclear agreement despite the potential cost of war.

Victory of Diplomacy Over War in Iran Deal?

The Iran deal is “largely a win for those opposed to militarization,” says Phyllis Bennis

A Victory for Diplomacy Over War

Phyllis Bennis discusses the Iranian nuclear agreement as a beginning, not an end, for relations between the U.S. and Iran

Iran and World Powers Reach Nuclear Deal

After more than a year of negotiations, a U.S.-backed nuclear deal with Iran has been struck.

One Year After Air Raids, Gaza Still in Ruins

Besieged territory struggles to recover from last year’s attacks, despite pledges of aid.

Reflections on the Life of Praful Bidwai

Phyllis Bennis mourns the loss of our Transnational Institute colleague and friend.

A Losing Strategy to Defeat ISIS

Why the latest increase in military presence by the U.S. in the region is doomed to fail

Obama Does Have a Strategy in Iraq: Escalation

Even as Obama admits there’s no military solution in Iraq, the Pentagon is pouring more U.S. troops and weapons into its floundering war on the Islamic State.

Without Arms Embargo, No Political Solution in Iraq and Syria

Phyllis Bennis argues that collateral damage from military strikes and corrupt governance are only strengthening the Islamic State

Increased Militarization in Iraq Will Contribute to ISIS Problem

Decades of U.S. support for military action by Iraqi governments increase sectarian divide and causes further devastation in the Middle East.

Finding an Alternative to War with ISIS

Many suggest two options for U.S. handling of ISIS — go to war or do nothing — the same choice offered by George W. Bush in regards to the Iraq War.

Blackwater Sentencing and Accountability for Private Military Contractors

The Blackwater case came to a close this week with sentences for four of its former guards. What is the status on measures of accountability for private military contractors today?

Better a War than an Agreement?

Phyllis Bennis says forces aligned in opposition to the Iran Framework Agreement in the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia would rather see war than a deal that brings Iran out of sanctions and back into play as a regional power.

Iran Deal: A Game-Changer for the Middle East

Negotiators in Switzerland just won a huge victory for diplomacy over war. Now we’ve got to protect it.

Phyllis Bennis Joins Hofstra University’s Conference on the George W. Bush Presidency

“I would assert that the only public event that is appropriate for George W. Bush — and others of his administration — to attend would be in The Hague, standing trial for war crimes,” she says.

Jim Crow in the Holy Land

Our own progress against racism in the United States remains too recent, too fragile, and too incomplete to go on abetting apartheid in Israel.

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