What's Next in Afghanistan?
When Barack Obama ordered the surge of 30,000 troops into Afghanistan in 2009, he stipulated that a withdrawal would begin in July 2011 and continue until completion by 2014. What remains to be determined is how many troops will come home and what the pace of future withdrawal will be.
IPS's Phyllis Bennis debated Retired Army Lt. Col. John Nagl, president of the Center for a New American Security and Brian Katulis, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress on the future of U.S. policy in Afghanistan.
Video: Syria Crisis Becoming Increasingly Sectarian
May 16, 2013 - Violent video showing Syrian rebels executing soldiers will make it harder for the U.S. to consider direct military engagement. By Phyllis Bennis
Video: Drums Beat for U.S. Military Intervention in Syria, but Israel Finds a Weakened Assad "Convenient"
May 14, 2013 - The humanitarian disaster in Syria is mostly ignored as external powers vie for position to control the outcome of civil war. By Phyllis Bennis
Video: Stephen Hawking Confirms Support of Israel Boycott
May 14, 2013 - Hawking's boycott of Israel will shake Israeli public the way sports boycott affected South Africa. By Phyllis Bennis
Video: Phyllis Bennis discusses chemical weapons Syria
May 1, 2013 - The UN should have a broad mandate to investigate any use of chemical weapons on either side. By Phyllis Bennis
Iraq: Sectarian tensions or wider discontent?
April 26, 2013 - Phyllis Bennis discusses civil society movements in Iraq challenging the U.S.-backed sectarian government system. By Phyllis Bennis