Phyllis Bennis

Phyllis Bennis

Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies

Phyllis Bennis is a fellow of both TNI and the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC where she directs IPS's New Internationalism Project. Phyllis specialises in U.S. foreign policy issues, particularly involving the Middle East and United Nations. She worked as a journalist at the UN for ten years and currently serves as a special adviser to several top-level UN officials on Middle East issues, as well as playing an active role in the U.S. and global peace and Palestinian rights movements. A frequent contributor to U.S. and global media, Phyllis is also the author of numerous articles and books, particularly on Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, the UN, and U.S.

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Areas of expertise:

Middle East politics and the Arab Spring; U.S.-Iran Relations; Palestine-Israel, Iraq & Afghanistan wars; U.S. Foreign Policy; United Nations Reform

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Media experience:

Phyllis Bennis is appears frequently on U.S. and international radio and television, including al Jazeera, BBC, Democracy Now!, NPR and more, and regularly contributes to The Nation, AlterNet, Common Dreams, TomPaine.com and other progressive US magazines

Contact

Contact details:

Phone: +1 202-234-9382
Email: pbennis [at] ips-dc.org
Facebook: Phyllis Bennis

Languages spoken:

English

Recent content by Phyllis Bennis

Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS

September 2014
Arming the so-called "moderate" opposistion in Syria doesn't mean supporting the good guys. It means sending arms to the Free Syrian Army.

Pope Francis in Palestine

June 2014
There were plenty of important statements from Pope Francis during his recent three-day trip to Palestine and Israel—including a plea for “justice,” a traditional call for peace and a reference to the “State of Palestine”—but at the end of the day it was all about the photo-ops.

5 Concrete Steps the US Can Take to End the Syria Crisis

May 2014
This article is based on discussions under way among a number of national peace and justice and anti-war organizations. The civil war in Syria grinds on, and conditions for Syrian civilians—those inside its borders as well as the millions forced to flee to neighboring countries—continue to deteriorate. As global and regional powers not only fail to help end the war but actively engage in arming and funding all sides in the fighting, we in civil society must sharpen our demands for a different position from that of our governments.

Sharon is dead, but Sharonism lives on

January 2014
The Butcher of Beirut, as he was long known, is no more. After eight years in a coma, during which the militaristic hard-right leader was re-branded a peacenik, Israeli General Ariel Sharon was finally pronounced dead.

Optimism and Fear

September 2013
If I was really optimistic, I’d say that President Obama is hoping that Congress will follow the example of the British parliament – and vote against his proposed military strike on Syria.

Syria crisis demands tough diplomacy

August 2013
The threat of a reckless, dangerous, and illegal US or US-led assault on Syria is looking closer than ever. However any attack will not protect civilians—it will mean taking sides once again in a bloody, complicated civil war.

Egyptian revolution turns sour

August 2013
"Egypt today remains horrifically divided, with today's bloodbath certain to make things worse"

Egypt's still-unfinished Revolution: Celebration & Danger

July 2013
Whether or not the day’s events in Egypt constitute a military coup d’etat, the removal from office of President Mohamed Morsi by the Egyptian military portends great excitement but even greater dangers.

Syria: the threats, costs, claims and lives

May 2013
What the civil war in Syria has exposed is that the massive political and social transformation, and real regime change under way is led by people themselves. US military involvement serves only to escalate the destruction.

Obama Makes Nice Speeches...

April 2013
President Obama recognizes injustice and need for two states but does nothing to pressure Netanyahu to make concessions to Palestinians.