Why is the US Bombing Iraq and Syria?

Why is the US Bombing Iraq and Syria?

Why is the US bombing in Iraq and Syria? Where did ISIS come from and is it an imminent threat to the US? What are the root causes of the conflicts in this region? What is the impact of US military intervention – now and in the past? And are there alternatives...
IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis Condemns Escalating War in Syria and Iraq

IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis Condemns Escalating War in Syria and Iraq

President Obama chose the tenth anniversary of the first US battle of Fallujah to announce he is almost doubling the US military deployment in Iraq, sending another 1,500 US soldiers back to the war, some of them right back to Fallujah’s Anbar province. Apparently the...
What is ISIS?

What is ISIS?

Confused about ISIS and their origin and proliferation? Then you should attend this informative discussion on the current situation in Iraq and Syria: What is ISIS? Why does U.S. bombing in Iraq and potentially in Syria threaten to make ISIS even stronger, just the...
A People’s Hearing on the Lasting Impact of the Iraq War

A People’s Hearing on the Lasting Impact of the Iraq War

Eleven years ago, the United States Military invaded Iraq. On March 26, Iraqi human rights advocates and labor leaders will join US military veterans to testify to the lasting impact of the war and to make the case that the US government must be held to account for...
Syria: Crisis & Response

Syria: Crisis & Response

It appears as if the U.S. is inching ever closer to some kind of military intervention in Syria. Join us for a discussion with subject matter experts about what course of action would be best for the U.S. regarding the current conflict in Syria. Panelists include:...
Iraq has deadliest month

Iraq has deadliest month

Phyllis speaks to Huffpost Live on the escalating violence levels in Iraq and how they relate to regional wars and U.S. involvement. Segment starts around the 15:30...
Military Sexual Violence: From Frontline to Fenceline

Military Sexual Violence: From Frontline to Fenceline

As more U.S. military women break the silence about sexual violence committed by their comrades in arms, it is clear that sporadic “scandals”—at the Tailhook Naval Aviators’ Convention (1991), Aberdeen Proving Grounds Ordnance Center (1996), the U.S. Air Force Academy...
Kurdistan: The Next Autocracy?

Kurdistan: The Next Autocracy?

A haze hangs low over the city of Erbil. Automotive exhaust and dry sand envelop the area, forming an opaque mixture that sunshine struggles to penetrate. The capital of northern Iraq’s Kurdistan Autonomous Region, Erbil operates as a de-facto independent state, with...

Emphasis Added: The Foreign Policy Week in Pieces (6/10)

This Will Hurt Me More Than It Does You What are the potential effects on the global economy of U.S. actions against Iran? … the rough effects of U.S. action against Iran on the global economy – measured only in the first three months of actualization – to range from...
Trouble on the Other Side of the Euphrates

Trouble on the Other Side of the Euphrates

Millions of Iraqis made national history last month when they voted in provincial elections secured entirely by the Iraqi army and police. For a country that was in the depths of a vicious sectarian civil war only six years ago, merely defending a nationwide vote is a...
Iraq’s Labor and Other Movements, and the Lessons of the War

Iraq’s Labor and Other Movements, and the Lessons of the War

Ten years after the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq began, U.S. troops are gone and U.S. bases shut down or turned over to Iraqi troops. But Iraq remains one of the most violent countries in the world, the U.S.-backed Iran-oriented government remains as corrupt...
The U.S. and Chemical Weapons: No Leg to Stand On

The U.S. and Chemical Weapons: No Leg to Stand On

If, as alleged, the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons, it would indeed be a serious development, constituting a breach of the Geneva Protocol of 1925, one of the world’s most important disarmament treaties, which banned the use of chemical weapons. In...

Emphasis Added: The Foreign Policy Week in Pieces (4/18)

It’s All About the Spin (and I don’t mean centrifuges) Some of the reformists [in Iran] have indicated that the burden of proof of the peaceful nature of the country’s nuclear program now rests with Iran, due to its past mismanaged policies and...
America’s Other Dark Legacy In Iraq

America’s Other Dark Legacy In Iraq

When the United States, the United Kingdom, and the “coalition of the willing” attacked Iraq in March 2003, millions protested around the world. But the war of “shock and awe” was just the beginning. The subsequent occupation of Iraq by the...
Way Worse Than a Dumb War: Iraq Ten Years Later

Way Worse Than a Dumb War: Iraq Ten Years Later

Full article available at The Nation. Editor’s Note: This statement on the tenth anniversary of the launch of the Iraq War was signed by Phyllis Bennis, John Cavanagh and Steve Cobble (Institute for Policy Studies); Judith LeBlanc and Kevin Martin (Peace...