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.
Leon Panetta's Really Bad Day
July 12, 2011 - The new Secretary of Defense is sounding like a Bush-era diplomat by ramping up his anti-Iran rhetoric and subtly reconnecting Iraq to the attacks on 9/11. By Phyllis Bennis
Turkish Democracy Gives Rise to Turkish Power
July 11, 2011 - International attention to Turkey's recent election reflects Ankara's rising role not only in the Arab Spring but as a newly powerful democracy with broad regional influence. By Phyllis Bennis
In Afghanistan Speech, Obama Offers Token Troop Withdrawals While Maintaining the "War on Terror" Mindset
June 23, 2011 - President Obama passed up an opportunity to recognize our democracy and respect the views of the vast majority of the American people with regards to the Afghanistan War. By Phyllis Bennis
Obama Preps Afghanistan Drawdown, but Debate Lingers on End Goals
June 22, 2011 - PBS NewsHour: President Obama will announce plans for the initial U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan Wednesday. Jeffrey Brown discusses what the president's options are with retired Army Lt. Col. John Nagl of the Center for a New American Security, author Phyllis Bennis and Brian Katoolis of the Center for American Progess. By Phyllis Bennis
Discussion: Egypt Opens Gaza Crossing
May 28, 2011 - New Internationalism director breaks down the how the revolutionary process in Egypt has met its match in the power struggles over the Egypt-Gaza border. By Phyllis Bennis
Obama, Israel, and the 1967 Borders
May 23, 2011 - The director of our New Internationalism project commented on President Obama's Middle East speech urging for a peace process based on the 1967 borders and land swaps. By Phyllis Bennis