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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War Still Isn’t Winning in Iraq and Syria

The Islamic State group lost its capital, but U.S. military action has done more harm than good.

‘De-certifying’ the Iran Deal May Be Trump’s Most Reckless Decision Yet

Iran is complying with the nuclear deal. Trump, on the other hand, is risking a war — and torching U.S. credibility.

The U.S. Is Bombing at Least Six Countries. How Can the Anti-War Movement Step Up?

Peace activists must look beyond our own movement.

VIDEO: The U.S. War in Afghanistan Is Now 16 Years Old. Trump Has No Plans to End It.

Trump’s plans to extend the war he once supported ending are even more worrisome for their lack of transparency.

Trump’s Afghanistan Speech Offers No End in Sight for the War

Trump’s speech was essentially a strategy for justifying a continuous, permanent war in Afghanistan, IPS Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis told The Real News Network.

Slap-dash Sanctions Leave Less Room for Diplomacy

Slapping sanctions onto three different countries with vastly different foreign policy challenges doesn’t work in the real world, Phyllis Bennis tells The Real News.

Is This What ‘Liberation’ for Mosul Looks Like?

ISIS may be on its way out, but the Iraqi city has a long hard road ahead.

Trump’s Policy Is Clear: Civilian Casualties Don’t Matter in the War on Terror

Multiple air strikes on cities and the use of white phosphorus—a probable war crime—guarantee a growing death toll.

We Need To Talk About Raqqa

The U.S. admitted to using white phosphorus in civilian areas in Syria, Phyllis Bennis tells The Real News.

Remembering a Priest, a Diplomat, and a Voice for Palestine

Father Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann was a man who spoke truth to power and expected others to do the same.

Autocrats Have an Ally in Trump

In Saudi Arabia, the president ratcheted up his anti-Iran alliance with Arab dictators.

No Justice in Sight for Palestinians as Trump Tries on Diplomacy

Despite his claims, Trump’s diplomatic actions provide little hope for peace and justice for Palestinians.

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There’s No Strategy Behind Trump’s Wars — Only Brute Force

Trump’s wars are now all over the map. The peace movement can fight back by joining already thriving intersectional campaigns.

Building a New Movement Against Militarism

As Dr. King noted 50 years ago, you can’t fight militarism unless you also fight racism and materialism.

Trump, Syria, and Chemical Weapons: What We Know, What We Don’t, and the Dangers Ahead

Further military engagement by the U.S. is not the way to end the horrific carnage in Syria.

U.S. Anti-war, Climate Justice, Racial Justice, Women’s, Immigrant Rights, Economic Justice Movement Leaders All Oppose Trump’s $54 Billion Increase in Pentagon Budget

The broad-based #No$54BillionforWar Campaign includes city-based resolutions against increased military spending

Escalating Casualties in Mosul Cannot Be Blamed on the Fog of War

Civilians in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen won’t survive to cheer the removal of ISIS if they’re killed by the same bombs, IPS Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis told Rising Up with Sonali.

‘Muslim Ban 2.0’ Was a Vital Test of Judicial Strength

Local city-based movements have helped strengthen the backbone of judges standing up to these horrific policies.

To Pay For His Military Budget, Trump Will Have to Cut Services His Base Depends On

Trump’s promise at the latest CPAC conference to unite the GOP as a party for the American worker is in direct conflict with his promise to increase military funding, IPS foreign policy expert Phyllis Bennis told the Real News Network.

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