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.
Expert Available: Phyllis Bennis on Libya's Future
August 23, 2011 - “The success of Libya's uprising will have a great deal to do with the willingness of its leadership to break its dependency on the United States and NATO,” said Bennis in an article on Alternet. She asks, “whether events so far are ultimately a victory for the Libyan people, or for NATO. Given recent models of U.S. and NATO involvement in overthrowing dictatorships, we don't have a lot of examples of how it can be both.”
Libya: Too Soon to Declare Victory
August 22, 2011 - The success of Libya's uprising will have a great deal to do with the willingness of its leadership to break its dependency on the United States and NATO. By Phyllis Bennis, published in Common Dreams and Al Jazeera
[RADIO] The Scenarios For Troop Withdrawals in Iraq
August 3, 2011 - Breaking down the Iraqi governmen's decision to negotiate with the US military — regarding the previously scheduled December 31st departure date — in a Free Speech Radio news interview. By Phyllis Bennis
Hollow Deficit Debate Ignores the Burden of Afghanistan Military Spending
July 15, 2011 - Congressman McDermott's floor speech reminds us that out-of-control Afghanistan spending brought down the Soviet Union. By Phyllis Bennis