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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What is the State of the Union Address for, Anyway? Obama Launches Campaign

Obama knew that many people who voted for him in 2008 did so based on his commitment to end the war in Iraq, so highlighting that made perfect sense. But he was way wrong in claiming that the war in Iraq has made the United States “more respected around the world.”

Debate Club: Did the U.S. Withdraw from Iraq Too Soon?

The Iraq War should have never been launched, so it can’t be ended soon enough.

Obama’s Real Israel Problem – and it isn’t Bibi

Israel’s fundamental policy toward the Palestinians is the problem, and that policy has hardly changed, despite the left, right and center parties that have been in power.

[VIDEO] Up with Chris Hayes: Looking Back at the Iraq War

One thing stands out when reflecting on the Iraq War: millions of people were right when they stood up to oppose it at its onset.

[VIDEO] The Impact at Home of U.S. Troops Around The World

Callers from around the country ask about the presence of U.S. troops around the world, their role, and how U.S. military capabilities compare with other countries in this C-SPAN Washington Journal segment.

[VIDEO] Worst Violence in Months Hits Baghdad

A series of blasts in Baghdad which are believed to have killed at least 72 people in an apparently coordinated attack is the topic of this RT interview.

A Stunning Victory

U.S. troops will finally withdraw from Iraq, but what about the contractors? We need to bring home all U.S. personnel and dollars.

America Is Not Broke

How to pay for the crisis while making the country more equitable, green, and secure.

The Arab World’s Intifada

The Arab Spring may have started in early 2011, but its origins link directly to the non-violent, society-wide mobilization that transformed Palestine’s national struggle beginning in the late 1980s.

Defunding UNESCO for the 1 Percent

Putting Israeli interests ahead of American interests begins to backfire.

[VIDEO] As NATO Ends Libyan Bombing Campaign, Is the U.S. Seeking Greater Military Control of Africa?

The NATO operations turned into another Western assault on another North African, Middle Eastern, Arab country. Discussion on Democracy Now!

[VIDEO] U.S. Pulls All Funding for UNESCO After Sweeping Vote to Support Palestinian Membership

Democracy Now! interview discussing the world’s symbolic rejection of the U.S.-led peace process, and the U.S. response.

Occupy Wall Street: New Politics and New Milestones

The Occupy Wall Street movement claimed a little scrap of earth in Zuccotti Park on behalf of all of us, and created a live-in soapbox from which to challenge inequality.

What’s Next for U.S.-Libyan Relations?

With vast oil reserves but a deeply divided country, Libya is vulnerable to outside powers after Gaddafi’s death.

[VIDEO] The U.S. Did Far More Damage Than Good in Iraq

In this TV appearance for RT, we discussed President Barack Obama’s decision to order U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of the year.

After Gadhafi, the West Eyes the Libyan Prize

Oil rich and deeply divided, the country is vulnerable to outside powers.

The Politics Behind the Prisoner Swap

The deal has been discussed since Shalit was captured in 2006, now the time has come for 1028 families to be reunited.

The Prisoner Swap

The prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas reflects the power of occupation and the power of changing circumstances.

Ten Years in Afghanistan

Ten years of war, 1802 U.S. military casualties, half a trillion dollars, and what do we have to show for it?

Ideas, Reaction, and Action in Canada

Efforts to restrict my commentary on the Palestinian statehood bid show that when ideas can still turn into action even – or especially – when someone tries to squelch them.

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