New Internationalism

The New Internationalism project focuses on Middle East and United Nations issues.”New internationalism” refers to the combination of foreign policies based on international law, human rights and equality for all, linked with the power of global social movements​ and [sometimes] progressive governments and the UN, in fighting against wars, occupations and empire. In the Middle East, the project is working to end U.S. wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya and beyond, and ending U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The project focuses on education, activism and advocacy to change U.S. policies away from militarism and towards the goals of human rights, equality for all, and peace with justice – a policy that chooses diplomacy over war. The project also works to challenge U.S. domination of the United Nations, and to help democratize and empower the global organization in its fight for peace and human rights. In all these arenas, the the projects works with partner organizations who are organizing, mobilizing and building movements in the U.S. and globally, to challenge U.S. power and to support those fighting for justice in the Middle East.

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Latest Work

Saudi Arabia is Using U.S. Weapons to Kill Yemeni Civilians

The Obama administration has approved another $1.15 billion in weapons to the Saudi regime, even as it continues to bomb Doctors Without Borders-run hospitals.

Trump is Calling for a Return to McCarthy-Era Repression

Trump’s proposal for a commission on radical Islam echos the infamously shameful House Un-American Activities Committee, Phyllis Bennis tells Democracy Now!

Team Refugee and the Normalization of Mass Displacement

As refugees take the Olympic stage, the wars that sent them running for their lives continue apace.

U.S. Announces New Front Against ISIS in Libya

“There is no military response to terrorism. President Obama says that over and over again. It’s time we held him accountable to his own words,” Phyllis Bennis told Democracy Now!

A Revolution That Reverses Militarism and Occupation

As part of a forum in the Nation on how to build the political revolution, Phyllis Bennis tells us how the U.S. can end its militarized foreign policy.

Escalation in Mosul Will Cause a Massive Refugee Crisis that Dwarfs the Existing One

The U.S. has announced it will send 560 more troops to Iraq to fight ISIS, but no preparations have been made to take care of the civilians that will have their city destroyed, Phyllis Bennis tells the Real News Network.

The Chilcot Report Legitimizes Critiques of the Iraq Invasion, But Lacks Accountability Measures

When no one goes to jail, Phyllis Bennis tells South African radio, there’s no reason for future Tony Blairs to do anything differently.

When Will We Admit the War in Afghanistan isn’t Working?

President Obama just announced he’s keeping 8,400 troops in Afghanistan—but it’s time for the U.S. to withdraw fully.

More Troops in Afghanistan is a Huge Mistake

After 15 years of U.S. occupation in Afghanistan, the Taliban controls more territory than at any point since the U.S. invasion that overthrew them in 2001, Phyllis Bennis tells Press TV.

Our Military Approach to ISIS Will Only Lead to More Civilian Casualties

We need to address the root causes of what is leading ordinary people to turn to ISIS, Phyllis Bennis tells RT America.

From Paris to Istanbul, More ‘War on Terror’ Means More Terrorist Attacks

As ISIS loses territory, it returns to mass-casualty attacks against civilians. That’s why military-first approaches to terrorism are doomed to failure.

Reclaiming the Legitimacy of the United Nations as a Truly Internationalist Power

In the second issues of the International Review of Contemporary Law, dedicated to the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations Charter, Phyllis Bennis writes about the Paris climate talks, the UN, terrorism, and the global war on terror.

The First Step to Ending the War in Syria is to Stop Killing

With a Syrian refugee crisis underway for the last five years, we need to get serious about diplomacy, Bennis tells the Real News Network.

The House Sit-In Would’ve Been More Powerful if It Rejected ‘No Fly, No Buy’

House Democrats are legitimizing error-prone, Islamophobic terrorist “watch lists” as the basis for gun control. That won’t make anyone safer.

Burning Issues: Taking on ISIS

“First, do no harm,” Phyllis Bennis tells Campaign For America’s Future. If we want to defeat ISIS, we must “Stop the drone attacks. Stop the air strikes.”

The Irony in the Leaked Memo on Syria: Diplomats Calling for Military Escalation

IPS’s Phyllis Bennis tells Common Dreams that the kind of bombings these officials are calling for is very dangerous and further antagonizing Russia will do nothing to bring peace to the Syrian people.

Before Orlando, Omar Mateen Worked for Human Rights Abusers

G4S, where Omar Mateen worked as a security guard, profits from both U.S. border militarization and the Israeli occupation.

Hillary Clinton’s ‘Major Foreign Policy Address’ Was Anything But

Clinton is right: Trump would be a disaster on foreign policy. But her refusal to engage with the alternative offered by Sanders says more about her own war-driven approach than anything else.

Clinton Positions Herself to the Right of Trump in Major National Security Speech

IPS’s Phyllis Bennis tells the Real News Network that although Clinton rightfully used her national security speech to condemn the bigotry and danger of Trump’s positions, she didn’t lay out a much better alternative.

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

Today we mourn. Tomorrow we continue his work.