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    What options are there to respond to ISIS?

    Phyllis Bennis
    30 September 2015
    Multi-media

    The brutality of ISIS has led many to argue that only military action can stop them. Phyllis Bennis, fellow of Transnational Institute and a long-term observer and analyst of US foreign policy in the Middle East, argues that US occupation and military action was the principal cause of ISIS rise and therefore cannot be the solution. She outlines alternative options for constraining the advance of ISIS and bringing peace back to the troubled countries of Iraq and Syria. See also Phyllis' primer, Understanding ISIS and the new global war on terror

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    Palestinian statehood: a lost cause?

    Phyllis Bennis, Daniel Levy Nadim Shehadi
    01 January 2015
    Multi-media

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

  3. Don’t Go Back to Iraq!

    23 June 2014
    Article

    This is how wars begin.

  4. Pope Francis in Palestine

    Phyllis Bennis, Foreign Policy In Focus
    02 June 2014
    Article

    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. Sharon is dead, but Sharonism lives on

    Phyllis Bennis
    13 January 2014
    Article

    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.

  6. Syria crisis demands tough diplomacy

    Phyllis Bennis, David Wildman
    27 August 2013
    Article

    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.

  7. Egyptian revolution turns sour

    Phyllis Bennis
    16 August 2013
    Article

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

  8. Syria: the threats, costs, claims and lives

    Phyllis Bennis
    21 May 2013
    Article

    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.

  9. India’s fading regional influence: Falling between two stools

    Praful Bidwai
    08 March 2013
    Article

    India’s neighbourhood is in great turmoil, but New Delhi seems unable to fashion a coherent, balanced, mature and self-confident response to it. In particular, India has dealt with Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar and Nepal in confused and indecisive, if not wholly inept, ways. 

  10. Pathway to Progress in Israel

    12 February 2013
    Article

    While Israel moved away from the far right in last month’s elections, the new coalition is unlikely to alter the occupation. Change may come from divestment campaigns, the new UN recognition of Palestinian statehood, and in the Israeli and Palestinian campaigns of nonviolent resistance.

  11. US backing crucial to Gaza attacks

    Phyllis Bennis
    20 November 2012
    Multi-media

    Israel's attack on Gaza could not have happened without the strong support of US administration, but the political changes in the Middle East have left Israel and the US more isolated than ever.

  12. Does the European Union deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?

    Ben Hayes
    25 October 2012
    Article

    Giving the Nobel Peace Prize to the EU for maintaining peace is like crediting Alexander Graham Bell for the i-phone. Since its formation in 1993, the EU has increasingly shunned peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights. 

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    The Other Burma

    • Ben Hayes
    11 October 2012
    Report

    Northeast India's strategic location between India, China and southeast Asia has led to a recent boom in resource extraction and investment by multinational corporations, but the world continues to remain largely silent on the human rights abuses that continue to be perpetrated by the Indian military. 

  14. Peace for Syria will not come from the outside

    Phyllis Bennis, interviewed by Claire Schaeffer-Duffy
    04 October 2012
    Article

    There is not a lot that can be done for the Syrian conflict from outside except keep the U.S. out of Syria militarily and provide moral support for the nonviolent, democratic opposition.

  15. Blacklists and the criminalisation of conflict resolution

    11 August 2012

    This project investigates the impacts of terrorist designation upon conflict resolution processes – specifically, seeking to understand the operation and effect of laws that designate non-state actors engaged in armed conflict as ‘terrorist’.

  16. Romney backs Israel in the battle of the Iran red lines

    Phyllis Bennis
    02 August 2012
    Article

    Beyond the insulting gaffes and racist comments, Romney's statement on Iran suggests a seriously 'extremist war-mongering' agenda that could have devastating consequences.

  17. The Phases of War: Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and Israel

    Phyllis Bennis
    19 April 2012
    Article

    The U.S. is 11 years into its current war in Afghanistan and still losing. We never had a chance to "win" this war of vengeance – and while few in Washington are ready to admit that, they’ve continued to revise and redefine just what "winning" might look like.

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    Assessing Burma/Myanmar’s New Government

    19 April 2012
    Policy briefing

    Burma is in the midst of its most important period of political transition in over two decades. TNI and BCN hosted a conference to look at the challenges and opportunities in five key areas: politics, ethnic relations, the economy, social and humanitarian affairs, and the international landscape.

  19. After Gadhafi, the West eyes the Libyan prize

    Phyllis Bennis
    22 October 2011
    Article

    The Libyan people face major challenges in deepening democracy in a country that is oil rich, deeply divided and dependant on NATO for its victory against Gadhafi.

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