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.

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

The Bombings Will Continue: Phyllis Bennis Warns U.S. Military Role in Syria Is Not Actually Ending, Democracy Now! 20 December 2018 (video and transcript)

If Kavanaugh Is Confirmed, We Need to Mobilize Like Never Before by Phyllis Bennis and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, The Nation, 5 October 2018

A Bold Foreign Policy Platform for the New Wave of Left Lawmakers, In These Times, 9 August 2018

A Call to Ease Tensions Between the Nuclear Superpowers by Phyllis Bennis, Noam Chomsky and others,, 11 July 2018

The Best Way to Honor Our Vets and Protect Americans? End the Wars by Phyllis Bennis, William J. Barber, Common Dreams, 28 May 2018

Palestinians Are Forcing the World to See Their Humanity, ZNet, 19 May 2018

Pompeo Confirmed: Ready to Pursue Regime Change Agenda by Phyllis Bennis, Medea Benjamin and Sharmini Peries, The Real News, 15 April 2018 (video and transcript)

American Air Strikes in Syria Do Nothing to Further Justice for the Victims of the Attack on Douma, The Nation, 13 April 2018

John Bolton's Terrifying First Day in the Trump White House, Common Dreams, 9 April 2018

They Are Calling on Israeli Soldiers to Resist Orders to Shoot to Kill' by Phyllis Bennis and Janine Jackson, FAIR, 6 April 2018

Bolton Acted Against US Interests to Push Israel's Agenda in Lebanon by Phyllis Bennis and Sharmini Peries, The Real News, 30 March 2018 (video and transcript)

Trump's Quiet Meeting with Saudi Arabia and Israel Portends a Dangerous Collision Course with Iran, Foreign Policy in Focus, 23 March 2018

This Opportunity to End the US-Backed Carnage in Yemen Must Be Seized, Common Dreams, 1 March 2018

Privatizing US Foreign Policy by Phyllis Bennis and Sharmini Peries, ZNet, 28 February 2018

Remembering Marc Raskin (1934-2017): A Progressive Leader Whose Legacy Outlives His Death, Common Dreams, 30 December 2017

At United Nations, Trump's Attack on Palestinians Rebuffed by 128 Nations, Common Dreams, 22 December 2017

No "Peace Process" Exists to Destroy, But Trump's Jerusalem Decision Dangerous as Hell, Common Dreams, 6 December 2017

Singer, Songwriter, Actor, and Activist Harry Belafonte Goes to the Library, The Progressive, 1 November 2017

‘De-certifying' the Iran Deal May Be Trump's Most Reckless Decision Yet, Foreign Policy in Focus, 16 October 2017

The future of the peace movement by Phyllis Bennis, Vijay Prashad and Ali Issa, ZNet, 8 October 2017

A Failed and Failing War by Phyllis Bennis and Janine Jackson, ZNet, 2 September 2017

Hezbollah's Victory Over ISIS Undermined as US Bombs Evacuation Route by Phyllis Bennis and Sharmini Peries, The Real News Network, 1 September 2017 (video and transcript)

Is This What ‘Liberation' Looks Like? U.S. Airstrikes Have Devastated Mosul, Foreign Policy in Focus, 25 July 2017

Trump’s Policy Is Clear: Civilian Casualties Don’t Matter in the War on Terror, The Nation, 21 June 2017

US White Phosphorus Bombs Won't Eradicate Terrorism In Syria by Phyllis Bennis and Sharmini Peries, The Real News Network, 16 June 2017 (video and transcript)

There's No Strategy Behind Trump's Wars — Only Brute Force, Foreign Policy in Focus, 18 April 2017

Building a New Movement Against Militarism by Phyllis Bennis, Stephen Miles, Institute for Policy Studies, 12 April 2017

Trump, Syria, and Chemical Weapons: What We Know, What We Don't, and the Dangers Ahead, Common Dreams, 6 April 2017

The Trump Administration Is Recklessly Escalating Tensions With Iran, Common Dreams, 4 February 2017

Remembering the Costs of the Iraq War in the Age of Trump, The Nation, 5 January 2017

America Must Choose Diplomacy Over War, ZNet, 30 December 2016

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


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