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.
Letter to the Ed
LETTER: Which Direction for the Mideast?
June 28, 2012 - Responding to the New York Times' article "The Third Intifada is Inevitable," Phyllis focuses on the potential power of the Boycotts, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) movement. By Phyllis Bennis
Celebration and Relief in Egypt
June 24, 2012 - Many of the secular activists and organizations who had played such a central role in the Arab Spring uprising came together with the Muslim Brotherhood in a unified front to challenge the military's continuing seizure of power. By Phyllis Bennis, published in The Washington Post
Democracy Now! Debate: Should NATO Exist?
May 23, 2012 - IPS expert Phyllis Bennis argues we need to prioritize fully diplomatic options before resorting to a military hammer such as NATO. By Matias Ramos
Palestinians Hunger Strikers and U.S. Veterans Returning Service Medals Lead Movements for Peace
May 17, 2012 - Bold action by ordinary people works to bring support for peaceful, equal societies. By Phyllis Bennis
We're Fighting in a War We Lost Before the War Began
May 9, 2012 - New poll shows support for Afghanistan war lower than ever, and for good reason. By Phyllis Bennis