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.
Peace Talks Resume Between Israel and the Palestinians, But Little Hope of Imminent Breakthrough
August 2, 2013 - Phyllis Bennis and Shir Hever discuss the timing of the talks, U.S and European interests in resuming them, and the imbalanced power between the negotiating sides By Phyllis Bennis
John Kerry's Doomed Peace Process is Deja Vu All Over Again
August 1, 2013 - Secretary of State John Kerry's Middle East negotiations are doomed to the same failure as the 22 years of failed diplomacy that precedes them. By Phyllis Bennis
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