Phyllis Bennis is a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. Her books include Before & After: US Foreign Policy and the War on Terrorism.
We Shouldn’t Need an Earthquake to Know Sanctions Don’t Work
Sanctions are an instrument of war, not an alternative to it.
We Need to Cut the Military Budget, But Don’t Trust the Far Right to Do It
There’s an urgent need to stop funding wars and human rights abuses abroad and to free up funding for human needs at home. The Freedom Caucus can’t be counted on for either.
It’s Time For a Ceasefire in Ukraine
A ceasefire in Ukraine has been needed since day one—and it’s more urgent now than ever.
After the Fist Bump
The symbolism of Biden's Middle East trip is bad. But the president's actions might be even worse.
The U.S. Is Complicit in Shireen Abu Akleh's Killing
If our tax dollars are furnishing the weapons that kill journalists and other innocents, that’s not just an international crime—it’s against U.S. law, too
The U.S. Should Respond to Putin’s Unconscionable Invasion of Ukraine With Diplomacy, Not War
Urgent diplomacy and humanitarian aid—and Russia’s own antiwar movement—could stop the suffering.
The U.S.-Taliban Deal Won’t Bring Real Peace, But It Could Reduce the Bloodshed
Withdrawing even some of the U.S. troops, planes, drones and bombers from Afghanistan will reduce the killing.
The Alarming Rise of Civilian Deaths in the War On Terror
New reports show an escalation in civilian casualties from U.S. operations in Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia — and a pattern of U.S. denial about the scale of the problem.
The Victims of the Trump-Netanyahu Special Relationship
The flurry of favors the president did for Netanyahu could constrain U.S. policy — and hurt people in the region — for years to come.
Why False Accusations of Anti-Semitism Against Ilhan Omar Are So Harmful
Bad-faith smears of Omar and many others are being used to crush Palestinian rights, undermine social movements and divert attention from real anti-Semitism.
10 Years After Israel’s Brutal War on Gaza, The UN Is Still Failing Palestinians
The United Nations has a dangerous history of failing to uphold Palestinian rights -- but pressure inside and out of the institution can change that.
The Discourse on Palestine Is Shifting. Will Concrete Policy Changes Follow?
The conversation is still overwhelmingly one-sided. But that's slowly changing thanks to the hard work of activists.
A Bold Foreign Policy Platform for the New Wave of Left Lawmakers
Socialists and other progressives are running for office on strong domestic programs. Here’s how their foreign policy platform can be just as strong.
Palestinians Are Forcing the World to See Their Humanity
The Gaza massacre is a war crime. And the United States is complicit alongside Israel.
We Must Stop John Bolton From Escalating War in Syria
Trump's threats to escalate military intervention could open a new, dangerous front in the ongoing conflict.
Trump’s Quiet Meeting with Saudi Arabia and Israel Portends a Dangerous Collision Course with Iran
An under-the radar gathering at the White House exposes troubling new drifts in U.S. foreign policy.
Is This What “Liberation” Looks Like? U.S. Airstrikes Have Devastated Mosul.
ISIS may be on its way out, but the Iraqi city has a long road ahead.
Gaza Under Siege