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.

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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