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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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.

Opposing the Iraq Supplemental and Iran Threats

UFPJ Talking Points #49: The peace movement must stay unified in the face of congressional waffling.

Escalating Threats of U.S. Attacks on Iran

UFPJ Talking Points #48: It would be a preventive attack, a violation of international law.

U.N. Ambassador’s Oily Past

The White House, however ideologically committed to unilateralism and the unbridled assertion of military power, still needs the UN.

Bush’s New Direction

UFPJ Talking Points #47: Desperately seeking victory.

Can’t Stay the Course, Can’t End the War, But We’ll Call it Bipartisan

The Iraq Study Group’s recommendations focus on transforming the U.S. occupation of Iraq into a long-term, sustainable, off-the-front-page occupation with a lower rate of U.S. casualties.

United Nations v. United States

In the longstanding battle between U.S. domination and UN independence, it’s 2 ½ points for U.S. domination versus just 1½ for UN independence.

Public Must Say "No" to War in Iran

The Bush administration and its supporters in Congress are lying about an Iranian “threat.”

U.S. War on Iran – a possibility?

UFPJ Talking Points #45: Threats of a U.S. attack on Iran continue.

The Lebanon War and the Failed UN Resolution

UFPJ Talking Points #44: Passage of the resolution would not lead to a ceasefire, or even a significant reduction in violence.

Crisis in the Gaza Strip

UFPJ Talking Points #43: Israeli attacks constitute collective punishment of the Gazan population.

Bush Offers Direct Talks with Iran

UFPJ Talking Points #41: The talks are a direct result of the Bush administration’s failure to win even a modicum of international support for its military and economic threats.

Israel’s Olmert Comes to Washington

UPFJ Talking Points # 40: Olmert wins US support for the Sharon-initiated plan for a unilateral Israeli move in the West Bank.

Iran: The Day After

If the U.S. attacks Iran – with nuclear or “conventional” bombs – it is virtually certain that Iranian retaliation will be swift and lethal.

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Phyllis Bennis on Katie Halper Show on Ukraine

Katie Halper Show | October 25, 2022

Phyllis Bennis on the Tavis Smiley Show on Ukraine

KBLA 1580 AM, The Tavis Smiley Show | August 25, 2022

Biden’s Middle East trip

KPFA UpFront | July 18, 2022

Moral March Draws Thousands to D.C.

Friends Committee on National Legislation | June 21, 2022