Phyllis Bennis

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

Phyllis Bennis’ New Internationalism project reflects the Inside/Outside strategy that TNI's sister institute, Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) has long identified as central to changing the world.

In 2017, she spent much of her time on the road, with university and community-based presentations and speaking engagements around her publications, particularly the 7th revised edition of her book on Israel-Palestine: Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer

Phyllis had a more strategic role as a board member and contributor for Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), which opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression. She particularly worked on a campaign called Deadly Exchange, which focuses on exchange programs that bring together police, ICE, border patrol, and FBI from the US with soldiers, police, border agents, etc. from Israel.

As part of the larger goal of challenging state violence and discrimination in both countries, the organization exposes and opposes ties between local American police and civil authorities, and the Israeli military where they promote and extend discriminatory and repressive policing practices that already exist in both countries. Such practices include extrajudicial executions, shoot-to-kill policies, police murders, racial profiling, massive spying and surveillance, deportation and detention, and attacks on human rights defenders. In addition to the use of her research, Phyllis wrote guest articles for the organization.

Phyllis spent time working with other campaigns and social movements like Black Lives Matter and ClimateJustice.Org. She spoke against the Trump administration’s muslim ban at Reagan National Airport, and at multiple other podiums throughout the year.

Phyllis also paid attention to the war in the Sahel, contributing analysis on issues of migration and instability in the area.

Recently Phyllis has been working on the latest IPS publication, a reflection on the fiftieth anniversary of the Poor people’s campaign in the US, culminating in the publication of : The souls of poor folk, which is an assessment of the conditions and trends of poverty today and of the past fifty years in the United States.