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.
On the Eve of Obama's Middle East Speech
May 19, 2011 - President Obama has the chance to completely retool U.S. policy in the Middle East in the context of the Arab Spring - but it doesn't look likely that he will. By Phyllis Bennis
UAE: Arming Up With Mercenaries
May 17, 2011 - What possible security risks could have motivated the UAE to hire outside help? Phyllis Bennis comments for Al Jazeera English. By
Is Assassination Justice?
May 13, 2011 - Phyllis Bennis: Message sent to Arab world was unilateral power, not justice. By
Phyllis Bennis on GRITtv: Listening to the People in the Arab World
May 4, 2011 - New Internationalism Director Phyllis Bennis gives her analysis of the demise of Osama Bin Laden, the need for a stronger International Criminal Court, and the reaction across the Arab Street. By Phyllis Bennis
Justice or Vengeance?
May 2, 2011 - In the midst of the Arab Spring, which directly rejects al-Qaeda-style small-group violence in favor of mass-based, society-wide mobilization and non-violent protest to challenge dictatorship and corruption, does the killing of Osama bin Laden represent ultimate justice, or even an end to the "unfinished business" of 9/11? By Phyllis Bennis, published in Red Pepper Magazine and Truthout