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.

20 Years Ago Today: We Didn't Stop the Invasion of Iraq, But We Did Change History, Common Dreams, 15 February 2023

We must end this war – saving Ukraine's democracy is just one reason to do so, The Guardian, 5 November 2022

The Fist Bump Was Bad, But Biden's Middle East Policies Are Worse, Common Dreams, 24 July 2022

Why Americans Have a Special Responsibility in the Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh by Phyllis Bennis, Richard Falk, Common Dreams, 23 May 2022

Why We Must Continue to Say 'No' to a No-Fly Zone in Ukraine, Common Dreams, 31 March 2022

After Horrific Invasion, 'Diplomacy Not War' Must Be More Than a Slogan, Common Dreams, 25 February 2022

It's Settled That Israel Is Committing the Crime of Apartheid—Now What Should We Do About It? Common Dreams, 17 February 2022

Human Rights Groups Agree: Apartheid Is Exactly What Israel Is Doing, Common Dreams, 10 February 2022

Washington's War in Afghanistan Is Over. What Happens Now? ZNet, 18 August 2021

The Beauty—and the Global Tragedy—of the Olympic Refugee Team, Common Dreams, 4 August 2021

War Criminal Found Dead at 88, ZNet, 8 July 2021

The Real Danger of Israel's New Government, Foreign Policy in Focus, 17 June 2021

To End Poverty in the United States, End Militarism, ZNet, 11 June 2021

Four Things to Know About Israel's New ‘Change Coalition', Foreign Policy in Focus, 4 June 2021

What Is Joe Biden's Israel Policy, Exactly? Foreign Policy in Focus, 21 May 2021

Understanding Israel's Latest Attack on Gaza — And Who Benefits, ZNet, 16 May 2021

Why Human Rights Watch Designating Israel's Crimes as Apartheid Is a Very Big Deal, Common Dreams, 5 May 2021

If Impoverished Countries Can Host Millions of Refugees, the U.S. Can Welcome a Few Thousand, ZNet, 8 April 2021

The Occupation of the American Mind by Roger Waters, Noam Chomsky, Phyllis Bennis and others, Information Clearing House, 15 March 2021 (video)

US Bombing in Syria Illegal; Biden Should Rejoin Iran Agreement Now by Phyllis Bennis, Larry Wilkerson and Paul Jay, ZNet, 12 March 2021 (video and transcript)

Dangerous US Bombing of Syria Worsens Regional Instability and Threatens Iran Nuclear Deal by Phyllis Bennis, Khury Petersen-Smith, Common Dreams, 26 February 2021

Where is Biden's Foreign Policy Headed? by Phyllis Bennis, Larry Wilkerson and Paul Jay, ZNet, 9 February 2021 (video and transcript)

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)


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