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


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, and other progressive US magazines


Contact details:

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

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Recent content by Phyllis Bennis

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.

Way worse than a dumb war: Iraq ten years later

March 2013
The US war in Iraq may be over, but we owe an apology grounded in the recognition of our enormous debt to the people of Iraq, a debt for which compensation and reparations are only a start.

The Day the World Said No to War

February 2013
Our movement changed history. While we did not prevent the Iraq war, the protests proved its clear illegality, demonstrated the isolation of the Bush administration policies, helped prevent war in Iran, and inspired a generation of activists.

Will Chuck Hagel's Appointment Actually Help the Anti-War Left?

January 2013
Hagel’s nomination engendered bitter, angry opposition from the moment it was floated as a trial balloon. And the fact that Obama went ahead with the nomination is a good indication that on at least some critical foreign policy issues, Obama is not prepared to allow either the pro-Israeli lobbies or the hard-core neoconservatives, in and outside of Washington, to determine whom he could and could not choose as Secretary of Defense.