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.

With the Election Over, Congress Must Remember the Rest of the World, Common Dreams, 18 November 2020

Who will (or Should) Run Biden's Foreign Policy? by Phyllis Bennis and Paul Jay, ZNet, 14 November 2020

As Trump Aims Fresh US Aggression at Iran, How Many Surprises Can This October Hold? Common Dreams, 12 October 2020

The Pentagon Took Money for Covid-19 Relief and Bought... More Weapons, Common Dreams, 1 October 2020

Foreign Policy of This Country Has to Reject US Exceptionalism' by Phyllis Bennis and Janine Jackson, FAIR, 8 September 2020

The Israel-UAE Deal Isn't About Peace at All, Common Dreams, 28 August 2020

Sanctions in the Era of Pandemic, ZNet, 18 May 2020

To Fight This Pandemic, We Need to Take Over the Military's Resources by Phyllis Bennis and William J. Barber II, ZNet, 27 March 2020

The US-Taliban Deal Won’t Bring Real Peace, But It Could Reduce the Bloodshed,, 14 March 2020

Anti-Defamation League Report on White Supremacy Ignores Trump's Role in Racism by Phyllis Bennis and Marc Steiner, The Real News, 24 February 2020 (video and transcript)

Phyllis Bennis on Dem Debate: Support for Combat Troop Withdrawal Is Not Enough to Stop Endless Wars, Democracy Now! 15 January 2020 (video and transcript)

How Soleimani’s Assassination Violates International Law and Puts Peace Further Out of Reach by Phyllis Bennis and Marc Steiner, The Real News Network, 6 January 2020 (video and transcript)

The Link Between US Militarism and the Climate Crisis, ZNet, 15 November 2019

Israel’s occupation is the problem, not its leader, ZNet, 29 September 2019

Will U.S. & Iran Resume Talks After John “Bomb Iran” Bolton Is Ousted as National Security Adviser? Democracy Now! 12 September 2019 (video and transcript)

In the US Killing Fields, We're Now Way Past "Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough", Common Dreams, 6 August 2019

If War Breaks Out with Iran, It Won’t Be an Accident, Foreign Policy in Focus, 1 July 2019

Foreign Aid That Costs an Arm and a Leg - Literally, Common Dreams, 22 May 2019

The Alarming Rise of Civilian Deaths in the War On Terror, Foreign Policy in Focus, 10 May 2019

Trump's Embrace of Netanyahu Will Haunt the Middle East for Years, Foreign Policy in Focus, 15 April 2019

lhan Omar's Denunciation of Israel Lobby is Not Anti-Semitism by Phyllis Bennis and Marc Steiner, The Real News Network, 5 March 2019

'The Afghan Government Is as Corrupt as Governments Come' by Phyllis Bennis and Janine Jackson, FAIR, 22 February 2019

Is the Longest US War Finally Ending? Truthout, 7 February 2019

United Nations Inaction and the Gaza Crisis: Ten Years ago and Today, Common Dreams, 14 January 2019


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