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.
The Wars, Coups, Crises and Occasional Good News from the Middle East
July 19, 2013 - The pace of events exploding across the Middle East continues to quicken - and while it appears the Obama administration has no clear strategy for some of it, the fall-back position of the U.S. continues to make those developments even more dangerous. By Phyllis Bennis
Celebrations and Dangers for Egypt's Revolutions
July 4, 2013 - The removal from office of President Mohammed Morsi portends great excitement but even greater threats to democracy. By Phyllis Bennis
Syria: We need to stop a new war in the Middle East
June 5, 2013 - The Syrian civil war is spreading -- but U.S. military action is the last thing the country needs. By Phyllis Bennis
Video: Phyllis Bennis on RT's "Crosstalk: Eternal War"
June 3, 2013 - Phyllis Bennis debates war-by-proxy in Syria, neocolonialism in the Middle East, and the global war on terror. By Phyllis Bennis
Syrian War Moving Outward, Obama Looks Inward
May 30, 2013 - The civil war in Syria is already expanding beyond the borders, with regional and potentially global consequences. By Phyllis Bennis
Video: Did McCain Go to Syria to Sabotage US Russia Negotiations?
May 30, 2013 - McCain's trip to Syria, his calls for US air strikes, and arming rebels with heavy weapons seem designed to counter Obama plan to negotiate with Russia. By Phyllis Bennis