Phyllis Bennis

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

Phyllis Bennis continues to be a prominent media commentator on US foreign policy, providing a critical progressive perspective on unfolding political crises in the Middle East. In 2015, she published a popular primer, Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror, as well as the sixth updated edition of Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. She spent much of the year on the road discussing the books and using them to help build movements against wars and occupations at events across the US as well as in Europe and South Africa. She was a featured speaker at the major US conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Viet Nam war and the 40th anniversary of the Vietnamese victory. She also spent months at the center of the successful US mobilisation to support the Iran nuclear deal against right-wing efforts to sabotage it. In the later part of the year Phyllis was again short-listed by the United Nations to be the next Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Palestine.