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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Remembering Michael Ratner: Radical Lawyer, Global Activist, Loyal Friend

Today we mourn. Tomorrow we continue his work.

Case Against Obama Administration for War on ISIS Raises More Political Questions than Legal Ones

Captain Smith is using the question of lack of authorization as the basis for his challenge, but there is a chance that he could also raise issues of illegality in how the war is being carried out, Bennis told RT America.

The Pentagon Shouldn’t Get to Absolve Itself for Bombing a Hospital

We need an independent investigation of the brutal U.S. attack on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan, which killed 42 people.

Lacking a Real Foreign Policy Strategy, Trump Would Turn to War

Phyllis Bennis on the Real News Network: “When the first crisis breaks, I’m afraid that a President Trump would immediately turn to the military.”

Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy is to Promote Western Civilization, But He Won’t Tell You How

In an interview with MSNBC, Phyllis Bennis says Trump’s speech was reminiscent of Nixon’s call when he was running for president and said, ‘I have a secret plan to end the war.’

No Opposition on Vote to Blacklist Corporations in Occupied Palestine Shows Shifting Global Opinion

Phyllis Bennis says this symbolic vote demonstrates the power the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement has to impact government choices.

Sanders Vs. Clinton on Palestine-Israel: A Primer with Phyllis Bennis

An assessment of Clinton’s AIPAC speech and Sanders’s Middle East speech reveals their divergent approaches to the US’s closest ally, Israel

Russia is Withdrawing from Syria — and the U.S. Should Follow Suit

For too long Moscow and Washington have tried to out-muscle each other by escalating the Syrian war. Now, for once, they’ve got a chance to escalate their efforts to end it.

Understanding the Current Palestinian Revolt: Its Context and Consequences for Palestinian Society

It should come as no surprise that Israel’s permanent military occupation has caused Palestinians to respond with individual acts of desperation.

Rethinking U.S. Foreign Policy on Oil and the Middle East Wars

How will low oil prices and the inexorable shift to clean energy affect the Middle East, and how should America’s relationship with the region change in response?

What a Sanders Foreign Policy Doctrine Could Look Like

A foreign policy framework based on ‘No wars for the billionaire class’

Democratic Debate: Sanders Attacks Clinton/Kissinger Vision for Perpetual War

Clinton favors war and regime change over negotiations and diplomacy, says Phyllis Bennis.

Latest Agreement in Syria Could Lead to Further Escalation

Phyllis Bennis says the war in Syria is being fought by outside powers to the last Syrian

‘No Wars for the Billionaire Class’: A look at a possible Sanders foreign policy

Sanders’ theme of addressing economic inequality could carry into his foreign policy

Who Benefits From Lifting Nuclear-Based Sanctions on Iran? The Iranian People.

Lifting of sanctions will be most significant for the Iranian people as Iran reintegrates into the world economy.

IPS Statement on the Release of Jason Rezaian and Other Detainees

Statement from Phyllis Bennis, IPS’s Middle East expert

The US-Iran Prisoner Swap Proves Diplomacy Works

But we must not take the survival of the nuclear deal for granted, because it still has many powerful opponents.

Who is responsible for the crisis in Syria and Iraq?

Americans must take responsibility for the havoc their government is perpetuating in the Middle East.

Is It Time for the US to Pull Out of Iraq and Syria?

 Five years after the Arab Spring began, four experts debate a pressing question that remains unsettled on the left.

Voters trust Clinton most on terrorism. Here’s why they shouldn’t.

Hillary Clinton spoke last week about what she would do to combat ISIS. Her strategy would only exacerbate the problem.

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