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Democracy Now! Debate: Should NATO Exist?

May 23, 2012 ·

IPS expert Phyllis Bennis argues we need to prioritize fully diplomatic options before resorting to a military hammer such as NATO.

"When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail. When you’re a military alliance, every problem looks like it requires a military solution," argued Phyllis Bennis, an author and fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies on Tuesday's edition of Democracy Now!. She debated Stan Sloan, a former CIA Europe security expert. Here's the video: 

Phyllis Bennis on Democracy Now! screenshot

While the big news coming out of Chicago's NATO summit was the agreement to hand over control to Afghan forces in 2013, Phyllis made sure to point out opposition to NATO is expressed in larger numbers around the word.


Matias Ramos
Carol Jean and Edward F. Newman Fellow