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

Remembering Praful

June 2015
It would not have surprised anyone who knew Praful Bidwai, that the night he died he was surrounded by friends who with him represented five continents, north and south.

Iran Deal: A Game-Changer for the Middle East

April 2015
Negotiators in Switzerland just won a huge victory for diplomacy over war. Now we've got to protect it.

The Jim Crow Holy Land

March 2015
Our own progress against racism in the United States remains too recent, too fragile, and too incomplete to go on abetting apartheid in Israel.

Defying U.S. & Israel

January 2015
Phyllis Bennis and Ali Abunimah about the move opposed by the United States and Israel, Palestinian leaders have submitted a request to join the International Criminal Court and sign over a dozen other international treaties.

Palestinian statehood: a lost cause?

January 2015
Why deals done at the United Nations Security Council undermined efforts to end Israeli occupation.

There Is No Military Solution- But Obama Launches New War

September 2014
President Obama’s decision to bomb Syria stands in stark violation of international law, the UN Charter, and the requirements of the U.S. Constitution. It contradicts his own commitment, stated a year ago in the UN General Assembly, to reverse Washington’s “perpetual war footing.”

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.