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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The Iraq War Isn’t Over

With too many Iraqi deaths and too many tax dollars, it’s still a “dumb war.”

September 11th Didn’t Change the World – September 12th Did

The words of IPS fellow Phyllis Bennis following the attacks of September 11th still resonate today, as we examine not only the attacks from al-Qaeda, but the decision by the U.S. to attack Afghanistan less than a month later.

Headlines or Not, the Iraq War is Not Over

One month without U.S. military deaths does little to undo the damage of thousands of Iraqu lives lost in this “dumb” war.

[VIDEO] Is NATO Intervention Illegitimate?

NATO intervention goes far beyond UN resolution and sets a dangerous precedent, IPSer argues on this segment on the Real News Network.

MLK: A Call to Conscience

Phyllis Bennis on Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech.

As Tripoli Faces a Potential Regime Change, Outside Interests Vie for Control [VIDEO]

This ‘Democracy Now!’ interview focuses on the roles of Transitional National Council, NATO, the United States and international interests in the Libyan Civil War as the conflict moves to Tripoli.

Gaddafi’s Whereabouts Unknown — But Is It Too Soon to Declare Victory in Libya?

The complications of the Libyan Summer, and the consequences of the militarization of its struggle, leave unanswered the question of whether events so far are ultimately a victory for the Libyan people, or for NATO.

Libya: Too Soon to Declare Victory

The success of Libya’s uprising will have a great deal to do with the willingness of its leadership to break its dependency on the United States and NATO.

Mubarak Behind Bars: Human Rights and Justice

Human rights standards may not be met in this trial, but the more essential purpose is to prove there’s no going back.

[RADIO] The Scenarios For Troop Withdrawals in Iraq

Breaking down the Iraqi governmen’s decision to negotiate with the US military — regarding the previously scheduled December 31st departure date — in a Free Speech Radio news interview.

From Oslo to Oklahoma

It is a time to mourn, and also to organize against the wars that depend on this kind of hatred.

Afghanistan Bleeding U.S. Financially Even More Than It Did the Soviet Union

The United States is spending even more of its GDP on Afghanistan than did the Soviet Union.

Hollow Deficit Debate Ignores the Burden of Afghanistan Military Spending

Congressman McDermott’s floor speech reminds us that out-of-control Afghanistan spending brought down the Soviet Union.

Summer Doldrums and War Budgets

As DC’s powerful debate the debt crisis, one aspect of our spending is completely absent from the debate: war spending.

Leon Panetta’s Really Bad Day

The new Secretary of Defense is sounding like a Bush-era diplomat by ramping up his anti-Iran rhetoric and subtly reconnecting Iraq to the attacks on 9/11.

Turkish Democracy Gives Rise to Turkish Power

International attention to Turkey’s recent election reflects Ankara’s rising role not only in the Arab Spring but as a newly powerful democracy with broad regional influence.

Libya and the Limits to the R2P

Some cheer the “Responsibility to Protect” as a breakthrough in international relations, but the dangers of another western intervention in a Muslim Arab country show the near impossibility of peace keeping in times of war.

In Afghanistan Speech, Obama Offers Token Troop Withdrawals While Maintaining the “War on Terror” Mindset

President Obama passed up an opportunity to recognize our democracy and respect the views of the vast majority of the American people with regards to the Afghanistan War.

Obama Preps Afghanistan Drawdown, but Debate Lingers on End Goals

PBS NewsHour: President Obama will announce plans for the initial U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan Wednesday. Jeffrey Brown discusses what the president’s options are with retired Army Lt. Col. John Nagl of the Center for a New American Security, author Phyllis Bennis and Brian Katoolis of the Center for American Progess.

Discussion: Egypt Opens Gaza Crossing

New Internationalism director breaks down the how the revolutionary process in Egypt has met its match in the power struggles over the Egypt-Gaza border.

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Gaza after the bombs

KPFA | May 7, 2019