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

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

These are awesome days for headline writers. So many global settings, such an abundance of weapons, such a wealth of choices! On the morning of April 14, the New York Times led with “A Giant U.S. Bomb Strikes ISIS Caves in Afghanistan,” matched by CNN’s “US Drops...
Phyllis Bennis Speaks In and Around Detroit

Phyllis Bennis Speaks In and Around Detroit

Catch IPS Fellow and Director of IPS’s New Internationalism Project, Phyllis Bennis at one of several places she will be speaking at in and around Detroit this weekend. Ms. Bennis is always up-to-date on U.S. war and peace issues in the Middle East and...
Trump Is Carpet-Bombing U.S. Foreign Policy

Trump Is Carpet-Bombing U.S. Foreign Policy

Very soon, Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order regarding refugees and entry to the U.S. for a whole swathe of people. In effect, the edict would be aimed at banning Muslims from the United States, demonizing people from Muslim-majority countries across...
America Must Choose Diplomacy Over War

America Must Choose Diplomacy Over War

The 2016 election and its terrifying aftermath have pulled millions of Americans into a maelstrom of racism, xenophobia, anti-immigrant hysteria, and Islamophobia, which simultaneously reflects and prepares the ground for an even more militarized,...
Syria Needs An Arms Embargo, Not an Economic One

Syria Needs An Arms Embargo, Not an Economic One

“We don’t need an economic embargo in Syria. We need an arms embargo,” Bennis told Kontext. “The place is awash in arms. It’s just not awash in fresh water, electricity, and medicine.” Economic sanctions hurt the poorest people with the least...
Trump’s Pick for UN Ambassador Has Zero Foreign Policy Experience

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

Trump’s pick for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley “Has absolutely zero foreign policy experience,” Phyllis Bennis told Real News Network. “No diplomatic experience that we know of.” This makes it very hard to know exactly how...
 The War in Syria Cannot Be Won. But It Can Be Ended.

 The War in Syria Cannot Be Won. But It Can Be Ended.

We need a powerful movement demanding an end to the war in Syria. The United States and to some extent the global antiwar movements remain largely paralyzed. There are some campaigns responding to specific congressional and other war moves, with some particularly good...
A Revolution That Reverses Militarism and Occupation

A Revolution That Reverses Militarism and Occupation

Despite our frequent elections, the United States’ militarized foreign policy continues to wreak death, destruction, and dispossession on people and nations around the world. Any political revolution worthy of the name must seek to reverse that reality. In order to...
Diplomatic Relations Open the Door to a New Perspective on Cuba

Diplomatic Relations Open the Door to a New Perspective on Cuba

“The real story is the strength of the Cuban people,” IPS board member James Early told CaribNation TV. One year ago the United States restored diplomatic relations with Cuba. But in the 50 years of tremendous suffering brought on by the U.S., Cuba has...
The First Step to Ending the War in Syria is to Stop Killing

The First Step to Ending the War in Syria is to Stop Killing

“Whatever else you’re trying to do when you’re trying to end a war, don’t kill more people,” Phyllis Bennis told the Real News Network in an interview during the People’s Summit. Bennis outlined four highlights of a foreign policy...
Burning Issues: Taking on ISIS

Burning Issues: Taking on ISIS

In order to eliminate the threat of ISIS, the United States has to support eliminating the conditions that have led people in Syria and Iraq to conclude that ISIS is the lesser of two evils, says Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, in this...