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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Going Nuclear, Weapons-Free

The existing nuclear power in the Middle East is not Iran but Israel.

Petraeus-Crocker Hearing: Political Theater on Message

UFPJ Talking Points #57: Petraeus-Crocker hearings target Iran, justify the “surge,” and defend permanent occupation.

Ending the Iraq War: A Primer

With the Bush administration and most Democratic presidential candidates for the 2008 elections agreeing that US troops will remain in Iraq indefinitely this handy guide is a must-read.

Maliki Offensive and Bush Iraq Strategy Failing

UFPJ Talking Points #56: The Iraqi government’s military offensive in Basra appears to have failed, significantly weakening Bush administration strategy in Iraq.

Winter Soldier: Iraq and Vietnam, Abu Ghraib & My Lai

27 years after the first Winter Soldier, IVAW documents the illegality of the Iraq War, its strategy, and implementation.

Iraq War Entering Year Six: Multiple Crises Rising in Middle East

Gaza is under murderous assault and the United States is escalating regional threats while pushing new sanctions against Iran.

Iran in the Crosshairs: How to Prevent Washington’s Next War

As George W. Bush’s administration enters its last year in office, the danger of a U.S. military attack on Iran looms.

Iran in the Crosshairs

As George W. Bush’s administration enters its last year in office, the danger of a U.S. military attack on Iran looms.

The Gaza Wall Comes Tumbling Down

The collapse of the Gaza-Egyptian border wall begins power shifts in the international, regional, and internal Palestinian political scenes which hold the potential for both positive and dangerous consequences.

Bush in the Middle East: Iran Over Palestine, Israel Over All

Bush’s trip had far more to do with Iran than the peace process.

The 12 Myths of Annapolis

There is a myth that says Annapolis, the latest iteration of U.S.-controlled “peace processes,” represents the epicenter of current Israeli-Palestinian peace-making efforts.

Middle East Talks in Annapolis: Photo-Op or Talk-Fest

Ten days from the anticipated opening, invitations have not been issued, an agenda has not been announced, and no preliminary statement of goals and/or principles has been agreed to.

Responding to Islamophobia: A Pro-Active Strategy

Despite the rise of racist, anti-Arab Islamophobia , it is clear that public opinion (however slowly) is actually beginning to shift away from accepting such propaganda.

After Petraeus

UFPJ Talking Points #52: Congress bedazzled, the people betrayed.

Bush Launches A New Middle East Initiative.

Middle East Peace Is At Hand. Again.

Bush Launches New Middle East Initiative

UFPJ Talking Points #51: The plan is narrower and more constrained than before.

Is the Right Really Rising Up Against the Iraq Occupation?

Activists need to be wary of their intentions and not let them co-opt the message that it’s time for withdrawal.

The Bush Veto

UFPJ Talking Points #50: A victory for the anti-war forces.

Moving Beyond Anti-War Politics

It’s crucial that we also advocate for an entirely new foreign policy based on opposition to the long U.S. drive toward empire.

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