New Internationalism

The New Internationalism project focuses on Middle East and United Nations issues.”New internationalism” refers to the combination of foreign policies based on international law, human rights and equality for all, linked with the power of global social movements​ and [sometimes] progressive governments and the UN, in fighting against wars, occupations and empire. In the Middle East, the project is working to end U.S. wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya and beyond, and ending U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The project focuses on education, activism and advocacy to change U.S. policies away from militarism and towards the goals of human rights, equality for all, and peace with justice – a policy that chooses diplomacy over war. The project also works to challenge U.S. domination of the United Nations, and to help democratize and empower the global organization in its fight for peace and human rights. In all these arenas, the the projects works with partner organizations who are organizing, mobilizing and building movements in the U.S. and globally, to challenge U.S. power and to support those fighting for justice in the Middle East.

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There’s No Strategy Behind Trump’s Wars — Only Brute Force

Trump's wars are now all over the map. The peace movement can fight back by joining already thriving intersectional campaigns.

Building a New Movement Against Militarism

As Dr. King noted 50 years ago, you can’t fight militarism unless you also fight racism and materialism.

Trump, Syria, and Chemical Weapons: What We Know, What We Don't, and the Dangers Ahead

Further military engagement by the U.S. is not the way to end the horrific carnage in Syria.
Middle Eastern marketplace

Escalating Casualties in Mosul Cannot Be Blamed on the Fog of War

Civilians in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen won't survive to cheer the removal of ISIS if they're killed by the same bombs, IPS Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis told Rising Up with Sonali.

To Pay For His Military Budget, Trump Will Have to Cut Services His Base Depends On

Trump's promise at the latest CPAC conference to unite the GOP as a party for the American worker is in direct conflict with his promise to increase military funding, IPS foreign policy expert Phyllis Bennis told the Real News Network.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Trump's Israel Rhetoric Is All Over the Place

Trump's statements on the Middle East reflect hardline views one day and more conventional ones the next.

 The Trump Administration Is Recklessly Escalating Tensions With Iran

The biggest danger—at least right now—is less a direct U.S. military assault on Iran than an escalation of a proxy war against Yemen.

The White House is Dangerously Ratcheting Up Pressures with Iran

Trump's rhetoric points to a real possibility for escalation in Yemen, which could be viewed as a proxy attack on Iran, IPS' Phyllis Bennis tells MSNBC.

Trump Is Carpet-Bombing U.S. Foreign Policy

Already Trump is super-charging U.S. militarism, gutting diplomacy, and punishing the victims of wars Washington started.

Israeli Expansion of Settlements Has Everything to Do With the Election of Trump

Blatant U.S. approval of illegal Israeli settlements could further empower Israel’s right wing government, IPS Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis told Al Jazeera
Who Could Have Imagined That President Obama Would Double-Down on Some of Bush’s Policies?

Bombing to Eradicate Terrorism Produces the Opposite Effect

The U.S. dropped over 26,000 bombs last year, Phyllis Bennis told Radio Sputnik. And none of them made us safer.

Remembering the Costs of the Iraq War in the Age of Trump

As the president-elect promises to increase military spending, we must reflect on what comes with war.

The Obama Administration Is Misreading Public Opinion on Israel

Beltway pundits are far more supportive of Israeli settlements than the American public.

America Must Choose Diplomacy Over War

 This is what a non-imperial, truly internationalist foreign policy would look like.
Palestine sign at UN

The Obama Administration's Important Shift on Israeli Settlements

The U.S.' decision to abstain from a UN resolution on Israel will have long term effects, Bennis tells Press TV.

A Deadly Day: Russian Ambassador Assassinated, 12 Dead in Berlin Truck Crash, Zürich Mosque Attacked

"What we're seeing now is the reality that this global war on terror is indeed having global ramifications," Phyllis Bennis tells Democracy Now!
Destroyed tanks in front of a mosque in Azaz, Syria.

Syria Needs An Arms Embargo, Not an Economic One

As long as major powers are delivering weapons to their allies in the region, diplomacy will be near impossible, Bennis told Kontext.

Civilian Control of the Military is Core to Our Democracy

A war-monger like General Mattis doesn't make for a thoughtful secretary of defense, Phyllis Bennis tells MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell.

Trump's Pick for UN Ambassador Has Zero Foreign Policy Experience

If the Senate took the United Nations seriously, they would insist on a serious diplomat, Bennis told the Real News Network.

IN Experts In the News

Phyllis Bennis speaks at the Climate March

Institute for Policy Studies Youtube Channel | May 5, 2017

Get Real About Preventing War

Counterpunch | April 21, 2017

Trump in Syria: Making a bad situation worse

People's World | April 12, 2017

Syria: Your Questions Answered

NPR | April 10, 2017

Analyzing Trump's Missile Attack Against Syria

Sojourner Truth Radio | April 8, 2017