Phyllis Bennis

Phyllis Bennis is a fellow of both the Transnational Institute and the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC. Phyllis is a journalist specialising in Middle East and United Nations issues. Formerly based at the United Nations, she has worked on US domination of the UN leading up to the Gulf War, economic sanctions on Iraq, international interventions and US foreign policy in the Middle East. The author and editor of books on Palestine, Iraq, the UN and the New World Order, her most recent publications are Ending the Iraq War: A Primer (Olive Branch Press, 2008), Understanding the US-Iran crisis: A Primer (Olive Branch Press, 2008), Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer (Interlink, 2007), Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the UN Defy US Power (Interlink, 2005), La Ideologia neoimperial: La crisis de EEUU con Irak (Icaria/TNI/CIP 2003), co-authored with Mariano Aguirre, and Before & After: US Foreign Policy and the September 11 Crisis (Interlink, 2002).


Phyllis Bennis, Before & After: US Foreign Policy and the September 11th Crisis. Foreword by Noam Chomsky. Olive Branch Press 2003.

None of Trump's Foreign Policy Appointments Match Campaign Rhetoric by Phyllis Bennis and Paul Jay, The Real News, 20 November 2016 (video)

The War in Syria Cannot Be Won. But It Can Be Ended, Common Dreams, 1 November 2016

As Syrian Carnage Stirs Anguish, A Warning That 'Do Something!' Means 'More Bombing' by Jon Queally, Common Dreams, 8 October 2016

Team Refugee and the Normalization of Mass Displacement by Phyllis Bennis and Kareem Faraj, Foreign Policy in Focus, 12 August 2016

Clinton Vs. Trump: Treacherous Foreign Policy, The Real News, 11 August (video and transcript)

What the Democratic Party Platform Tells Us About Where We Are on War, ZNet, 11 July 2016

From Paris to Istanbul, More ‘War on Terror' Means More Terrorist Attacks, Foreign Policy in Focus, 29 June 2016

A Welcome Democratic Stand on Guns, But Are These the Bills We're Looking For? Common Dreams, 23 June 2016

Before Orlando, Omar Mateen Worked for Human Rights Abusers, Foreign Policy in Focus, 13 June 2016

Muhammad Ali Understood the Racist Roots of War and Militarism, Foreign Policy in Focus, 8 June 2016

Hillary Clinton’s ‘Major Foreign Policy Address’ Was Anything But, Foreign Policy in Focus, 3 June 2016

Remembering Michael Ratner: Radical Lawyer, Global Activist, Loyal Friend, ZNet, 13 May 2016

The Pentagon Shouldn't Get to Absolve Itself for Bombing a Hospital, Foreign Policy in Focus, 3 May 2016

Russia is Withdrawing from Syria — and the U.S. Should Follow Suit, Foreign Policy in Focus, 14 March 2016

A Sanders Foreign-Policy Doctrine? How About ‘No Wars for the Billionaire Class’? The Nation, 24 Febrary 2016

The US-Iran Prisoner Swap Proves Diplomacy Works, The Nation, 19 January 2016

After Paris Attacks, a Call for Justice—Not Vengeance, ZNet, 15 November 2015

Phyllis Bennis on US Bombing of Afghan Hospital by CounterSpin, FAIR, 9 October 2015 (audio)

Bombing Hospitals All in a Day's Work, Common Dreams, 5 October 2015

Standing Before Congress, Pope Francis Calls Out the ‘Industry of Death' by Phyllis Bennis and Manuel Perez-Rocha, Foreign Policy in Focus, 24 September 2015

What America Owes the Refugees Pouring Into Europe, Foreign Policy in Focus, 11 September 2015

As Iran Deal Approaches Approval, What Comes Next Remains Vital, Common Dreams, 4 September 2015

Supporters of Diplomacy over War Must Speak Up by Phyllis Bennis, Kevin Martin, Common Dreams, 5 August 2015

Obama Does Have a Strategy in Iraq: Escalation, Common Dreams, 11 June 2015

Iran Deal: A Game-Changer for the Middle East, Foreign Policy in Focus, 2 April 2015

Jim Crow in the Holy Land, Foreign Policy in Focus, 20 March 2015

Netanyahu Threatens War In Speech to Congress, Common Dreams, 3 March 2015

The Obama Speech We Didn't Hear at the UN, teleSUR, 24 September 2014

“There Is No Military Solution” — But Obama Launches a New U.S. War in Syria, Common Dreams, 23 September 2014

Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS, The Progressive, 10 September 2014

As U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq Begin, Will Military Intervention Escalate Growing Crisis? (Phyllis Bennis and others) Democracy Now! 8 August 2014 (video and transcript)

President Obama Re-Launches His Own Dumb War, ZNet, 9 August 2014

In Gaza, International Law Is Up in Flames, Foreign Policy in Focus, 30 July 2014

Starting The Clock: The Gaza Crisis, ZNet/teleSUR English, 20 July 2014

NBC Pulls Its Best Journalist from Gaza Just as Israel Invades, Foreign Policy in Focus, 17 July 2014

Why Opposing the Israel Lobby Is No Longer Political Suicide, The Nation, 15 July 2014

Don't Go Back to Iraq! Foreign Policy in Focus, 20 June 2014

Obama's Foreign Policy Speech vs. Obama's Foreign Policy, ZNet, 4 June 2014

Pope Francis in Palestine, Foreign Policy in Focus, 28 May 2014

US Doubles Down on Failed Military Strategy in Syria by Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams, 16 May 2014

5 Concrete Steps the US Can Take to End the Syria Crisis, The Nation, 14 May 2014 (June 2 edition)

Promoting a "Right to Heal" from Ft. Hood to Abu Ghraib, Foreign Policy in Focus, 14 April 2014

Talking Points: Tensions Rising, Wars Escalating, Occupations Expanding, IPS, 4 April 2014

States of the Union, War & Middle East, ZNet, 8 February 2014

Digging in on Drones and other Flawed Foreign Policy Strategies, Institute for Policy Studies, 29 January 2014

Sharon is dead, but Sharonism lives on, Mondoweiss, 12 January 2014

From Zionist to Anti-Zionist Activist - Phyllis Bennis on Reality Asserts Itself pt1, The Real News, 10 December 2013

Fact Sheet: First Step Understandings Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran's Nuclear Program, ZNet, 24 November 2013

Reading Obama's Iran Speech, The Nation, 25 September 2013

How Progressives Won Four Important Victories in 10 Days by Phyllis Bennis, Sarah Anderson, Tiffany Williams, Sam Pizzigati, AlterNet, 20 September 2013

Joint Statement by Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and Phyllis Bennis: "Forceful Diplomacy, Not Military Force" in Syria, Institute for Policy Studies, 10 September 2013

Striking Syria: Illegal, immoral, and dangerous, Al Jazeera, 2 September 2013

Optimism And Fear: President Obama on War in Syria, ZNet, 1 September 2013

As Strikes on Syria Loom, Is U.S. Ignoring a Diplomatic Track That Could Prevent More Violence? Democracy Now! 28 August 2013

Moral Obscenities in Syria by Phyllis Bennis and David Wildman, The Nation, 27 August 2013

John Kerry's doomed peace process is deja vu all over again, Mondoweiss, 1 August 2013

The Wars, Coups, Crises & Occasional Good News From The Middle East, ZNet, 21 July 2013

Egypt's Still-Unfinished Revolution: Celebration & Danger, ZNet, 4 July 2013

Syria: We Need to Stop a New War in the Middle East, Red Pepper, 5 June 2013

Syria: the threats, costs, claims and lives,  openDemocracy, 16 May 2013

Stephen Hawking Confirms Support of Israel Boycott, The Real News, 9 May 2013 (video)

Syria's Chemical Weapons...Iraq Redux? Institute for Policy Studies, 3 May 2013

Challenging Einstein: Kerry's 'New' Diplomacy in the Middle East, Al Jazeera, 25 April 2013

President Obama Goes To Israel.And What Happens, Exactly?, ZNet, 1 April 2013

Way Worse Than a Dumb War: Iraq Ten Years Later, The Nation, 18 March 2013

Cutting The Military Budget, 2013 Anniversaries, Palestinian Prisoners, ZNet, 1 March 2013

February 15, 2003. The Day the World Said No to War, Institute for Policy Studies, 15 February 2013

Obama Could Go it Alone, Bring All the Troops Home, and Stop the Killing, Intitute for Policy Studies, 12 February 2013

Pathway to Progress in Israel Runs Through International Law, Local and Global Action, Yes! 6 February 2013

It's a New Year, But Old Wars and Occupations Continue, Institute for Policy Studies, 13 January 2013

Human Rights Watch: Time to Stand with Human Rights Defenders, Aljazeera, 9 January 2013

Will Chuck Hagel's Appointment Actually Help the Anti-War Left?, The Nation, 8 January 2013


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