Fellow Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at IPS, working as a writer, activist and analyst on Middle East 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 to End the Israeli Occupation. She works with many anti-war organizations, and writes and speaks 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 and UN democratization issues.

Phyllis has written and edited eleven books. Among them are her new Understanding ISIS & the New Global War on Terror: A Primer, the 6th updated edition of her popular Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, as well as 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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Destroyed tanks in front of a mosque in Azaz, Syria.

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.
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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.
Afghanistan: Avoiding Default

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Our people's resistance is rising

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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.
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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.
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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
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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.

David Friedman Reflects Extreme Far Right Forces in Israeli Politics

Trump's pick for U.S. Ambassador to Israel's definition of "peace" means Palestinians accepting an apartheid state
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Trump's Israel Rhetoric Is All Over the Place

Trump's statements on the Middle East reflect hardline views one day and more conventional ones the next.

Program Director

New Internationalism

phyllis@ips-dc.org

202-787-5206

Topics of Interest

DOS, Iraq, Israel-Palestine, military budget, Peace Movements, Refugees, Sanctuary Cities, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Torture, U.S. foreign policy, United Nations, War on Terror, Yemen