Grounds for Doubt

Grounds for Doubt

Late last week, the Kurdish military in Iraq released video purportedly showing U.S.-Kurdish commando operation against ISIS in Hawija. A U.S. soldier was killed during that operation, who happens to be the first American soldier killed during combat since 2011, when...
Obama Secures Iran Nuclear Deal in Senate

Obama Secures Iran Nuclear Deal in Senate

Director of IPS’s New Internationalism project Phyllis Bennis joins The Real News Network to discuss the implications of the Iran deal’s ensured survival in Congress and how the deal might impact future negotiations in the region. Watch...
Obama Clinches Iran Deal

Obama Clinches Iran Deal

Sen. Barbara Mikulski became the 34th Senator to support the Iran nuclear deal, keeping the deal safe from Republican opposition. Lawrence O’Donnell discusses with Reza Marashi, Tim Pawlenty and director of IPS’s New Internationalism project Phyllis Bennis...
Is President Obama Using Faulty Logic to Justify ISIS Airstrikes?

Is President Obama Using Faulty Logic to Justify ISIS Airstrikes?

As the Obama administration ramps up airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria in order to protect the small number of US-trained rebels, activist are arguing that that White House hasn’t looked for better options and is using faulty logic to justify the...
Understanding ISIS and U.S. Foreign Policy Since 9/11

Understanding ISIS and U.S. Foreign Policy Since 9/11

IPS’s Phyllis Bennis discusses U.S. foreign policy since the September 11, 2001 attacks, anti-terrorism efforts, and the Iran nuclear agreement with C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb. Watch below: For the full interview transcript, visit CSPAN’s website...
After Iran, Is North Korea Next?

After Iran, Is North Korea Next?

During the George W. Bush years, pundits and journalists were constantly speculating whether North Korea would be next in line for regime change. After all, Bush had included North Korea in his “axis of evil” speech in 2002. One year later, the Pentagon invaded Saddam...
The Kurdish Elephant

The Kurdish Elephant

Let’s mix some metaphors in the Middle East, all of them involving elephants. In the crisis zone that encompasses Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria, the Kurds are the elephant in the room. They are the “problem” that no one really wants to talk about. Because it would be...
Congress Mulls Iran Nuclear Pact

Congress Mulls Iran Nuclear Pact

IPS’s Phyllis Bennis joins a roundtable discussion hosted by Progressive Democrats of America to discuss the role the military-industrial complex has played, both in past and present, as Congress debates the Iran nuclear agreement. Watch below (begins at...
Victory of Diplomacy Over War in Iran Deal?

Victory of Diplomacy Over War in Iran Deal?

Jared Ball of The Real News Network interviews IPS’s Phyllis Bennis about the major takeaways of the nuclear agreement with Iran. Watch below: See a full transcript of the conversation on the Real News Network’s...
A Losing Strategy to Defeat ISIS

A Losing Strategy to Defeat ISIS

Despite a recent pledge to increase a military presence in Iraq and Syria, President Obama has admitted repeatedly that the U.S. does not have a complete strategy for defeating ISIS. Phyllis Bennis explains why militarization in the region has already been proven a...
Without Arms Embargo, No Political Solution in Iraq and Syria

Without Arms Embargo, No Political Solution in Iraq and Syria

Phyllis Bennis joins Sharmini Peries on The Real News Network to discuss the failed U.S. strategy against ISIS and the pressing need for an arms embargo in the region: “When you look at these wars and say, who benefits? The people who benefit are the CEOs and...
Increased Militarization in Iraq Will Contribute to ISIS Problem

Increased Militarization in Iraq Will Contribute to ISIS Problem

Phyllis Bennis, Director of IPS’ New Internationalism project, joins Al Jazeera English and discusses how the extremely sectarian actions of the Iraqi government, supported by the United States in the fight against ISIS, have contributed heavily to a failed...
Finding an Alternative to War with ISIS

Finding an Alternative to War with ISIS

Phyllis Bennis joins The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell and guests David Axelrod and Joy Reid to discuss Iraq’s past — and its future — as it relates to ISIS, the Middle East, and U.S. strategy in the region....