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 Phases of War: Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and Israel
April 6, 2012 - Before a book-writing break in Texas, Phyllis reflects on the different stages where our various wars are at this moment in this edition of the New Internationalism newsletter. By Phyllis Bennis
[VIDEO] Phyllis Bennis: Syria's Opposition Wants More Arms
March 8, 2012 - The Syrian National Council says its decision to form a military council and unify the opposition will help get weapons from outside sources. The U.S. says all options on the table in Syria, but has not commented on whether to arm the opposition. By Phyllis Bennis
[VIDEO] Phyllis Bennis: Obama Distances U.S. from Netanyahu's Rhetoric
March 5, 2012 - Obama's speech in front of Israel supporters used strong language in support of Israel, but was very careful to break clearly from the Israeli position. By Phyllis Bennis
We've Seen the Threats Against Iran Before
February 17, 2012 - Intelligence confirms that Iran is not developing nuclear weapons - which leads to speculation that the sabre-rattling is because Israel wants to remain the sole regional nuclear hegemon. By Phyllis Bennis
What is the State of the Union Address for, Anyway? Obama Launches Campaign
January 25, 2012 - Obama knew that many people who voted for him in 2008 did so based on his commitment to end the war in Iraq, so highlighting that made perfect sense. But he was way wrong in claiming that the war in Iraq has made the United States "more respected around the world." By Phyllis Bennis