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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Challenging Empire: People, Governments and the UN Defy U.S. Power

Bennis tracks the rise of U.S. unilateralism and the doctrine of preemptive war, looking particularly at Iraq and Israel/Palestine, and examines both the potential and the challenges ahead in reclaiming the UN as part of the global peace movement.

The Iraqi Constitution: A Referendum for Disaster

UFPJ Talking Points #33: The referendum is a consolidation of US influence and control.

How to Bring the Troops Home and Internationalize the Peace

A real solution to the Iraq War must start with ending the U.S. occupation. Then, and only then, we can talk about internationalizing the peace.

A Declaration Of War

Bush declares war on the world,

The Iraq Quagmire: The Mounting Costs of War and the Case for Bringing Home the Troops

The Mounting Costs of War and the Case for Bringing Home the Troops

Sham Sharm Talks

UFPJ Talking Points #30: The Bush Administration orchestrated the Sharm al-Sheikh talks as part of their regional strategy centered by the Iraq War.

Reading the Elections

UFPJ Talking Points #29: Bush will use these elections to claim legitimacy for his occupation of Iraq.

The Inauguration Speech: Consolidating the Empire

UFPJ Talking Points #28: The second Bush term will almost certainly reflect the same narrow standards for defining “freedom” as the first.

The Iraqi Elections

UFPJ Talking Points #27: Not every election is a legitimate instrument of democracy.

Oil for Food "Scandals" and the UN Call for Reform

UFPJ Talking Points #26: The need to reclaim the United Nations as part of our global mobilization against the ravages of empire.

Post-Election Disasters

UFPJ Talking Points # 25: Fallujah and beyond.

On the Eve of the Elections

UPFJ Talking Points #24: A John Hopkins School of Public Health report shows just how high the cost of the Iraq war really is.

Debates, Duelfer, & Aluminum Tubes

UFPJ Talking Points # 23: We still need international law.

"Saddam Hussein Lite" Takes Command

UFPJ Talking Points # 22: Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Allawi has made it clear that democracy is not on his agenda.

False Hand-Overs

UFPJ Talking Points #21: Actual control remains with the United States.

US-UK Draft Resolution Designed to Give International Legitimacy to US Occupation of Iraq

UFPJ Talking Points #20: It credentials the US-dominated occupation forces as a UN mandated ‘multi-national force’, and endorses the Iraqi interim government as sovereign.

US Occupation of Iraq Remains Despite New Interim Government

UFPJ Talking Points #19: The interim government, like the Iraq Governing Council, is a creature of the US, not the UN.

Bush’s Five Step Plan is Nothing New

UFPJ Talking Points #18: It is a recipe for continuing occupation, deaths of Iraqis and US soldiers, and destruction of Iraq.

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