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Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy In Memory of Ambassador Robert E. White

by CIP

02-05-15

On January 13, 2015, the country lost one of its most courageous diplomats, Ambassador Robert E. White. He was 88 years old... Read More »

Obama Goes "Bold" in a New Approach to Cuba Policy

12-17-14

Today, President Obama made a historic shift in U.S. relations to Cuba, moving to end policies that have failed the citizens of Cuba and the United States for over 50 years... Read More »

Elizabeth Newhouse to Direct Center for International Policy's Cuba Project

11-19-14

Elizabeth Newhouse has been named the director of the Center for International Policy’s Cuba Project. Wayne Smith, who has headed the project since its inception in 1991, will continue to be involved with the project as a senior fellow... Read More »

In "Disastrous Decision," U.S. Prepares to Widen Exports of Armed Drones

William D. Hartung quoted

02-18-15

Expanding drone exportation is one of the Obama administration's worst policy decisions and will have serious repercussions for human rights and arms control... Read More »

United States to Export Armed Drones: Can it Enforce How They're Used?

William D. Hartung quoted

02-18-15

A new U.S. policy governing the sale of armed drones to allied nations lays out principles that foreign governments must abide by in order to receive the aircraft... Read More »

ISIS Unites the World

William D. Hartung quoted

02-12-15

There's no better time for Sunni and Shia to sit down together and address not just ISIS but the injustice, intolerance, and inequality that birthed it... Read More »

Border Patrol Drones: "Invaluable" or "Wasted Money"?

Tom Barry interviewed

02-17-15

Re-purposed military drones are helping to fight illegal immigration. The technology is eye-popping, but so is the price tag... Read More »

U.S. is Arms Factory for Oppressive Regimes

Matthew Hoh interviewed

02-12-15

The U.S. provides weapons to organizations bent on continuing wars so it’s not surprising that this leads to escalation of conflicts instead of resolving them... Read More »

Obama Asks Congress for Power to Use Limited Troops Against ISIS

Matthew Hoh interviewed

02-12-15

Senior fellow Matt Hoh talks with RT about President Obama's request to extend war against IS... Read More »

A Celebration of the Cuba Policy Changes

02-24-15 | The National Press Club

Join us in celebrating the recent restoration of relations between the U.S. and Cuba... Read More »

Memorial Service for Former CIP President Robert White

02-20-15 | Good Shepherd Catholic Church 8710 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Alexandria, VA 22309

Ambassador Robert White’s memorial service will be held at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Friday, February 20... Read More »

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  • End of “Yemen Model” — and Yemen?

    Response by Matthew Hoh

    01-22-15

    You don’t have to be an expert on Yemen, the Middle East, Islam or foreign policy in general to realize that what is occurring in Yemen is similar to what is occurring throughout the Greater Middle East. Decades of American interventionist policy, that can be at best be described as inept meddling, with roots going back to the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Iran in 1953 and the establishment of the Shah’s authoritarian police state, have created, fostered and sustained sectarian, ethnic and religious conflicts that have birthed repressive regimes, extremist terror groups and genocidal civil wars throughout the Middle East. Yemen is one more glaring example of failed American policy in the Middle East, perhaps all the more tragic and absurd as Yemen was cited as an example of success by President Obama when he authorized his seventh bombing of a Muslim nation, Syria, last year.

  • House Passage of McGovern-Jones-Lee Iraq Resolution

    Response by Stephen Miles

    07-28-14

    Today the House of Representatives made clear that they stand with the American public, who do not want to go back to war in Iraq. By passing H. Con. Res 105 overwhelmingly, the House also sent a strong message to President Obama that there is no authorization for any escalation of US military involvement in Iraq. 

    The challenges in Iraq are deeply complex and there is simply not a way for America to bomb our way to a solution. While we continue to welcome the President’s opposition to sending combat troops, we remain concerned that over 800 American military personnel are currently in harms way in a nation increasingly embroiled in a violent sectarian conflict. After nearly 13 years of trying to solve such challenges militarily in Iraq and Afghanistan, with little success, the American people simply do not support another war in the Middle East. Instead, we hope today’s clear message against military escalation will encourage the President to double down on diplomatic efforts and a robust humanitarian response.”

  • Extension of Negotiations with Iran

    Response by Stephen Miles

    07-21-14

    The interim deal has frozen Iran’s nuclear program and, with this extension, it will stay frozen while our diplomats seal the deal. We are doing today what we should have done in Iraq a decade ago: letting diplomacy work so that we can have inspectors on the ground, not boots on the ground.

    Negotiations between the international community and Iran have already made more progress in six months than a decade of sanctions and the threat of military action. We are pleased to see that negotiators are going to stay at the table and finish the job of peacefully solving one of America’s most pressing national security threats.

    Unfortunately, some of the same voices who once sold our nation to war in Iraq on lies about weapons of mass destruction are at it again. Fortunately, Americans are ready to fight back. In the coming days, it will be up to Congress to chose who to listen to: Dick Cheney and those banging the drums of war, or the American public who want to let diplomacy work.

  • We Oppose Military Intervention in Iraq

    Response by Tom Andrews Stephen Miles Angela Miller

    06-17-14

    With Iraq once again descending into violence, we must not repeat the mistakes of the past. No military intervention, whether the massive invasion of 2003 or the limited airstrikes some are calling for today, will solve the deep and complex challenges Iraq is facing. Iraq’s problems can only be solved by Iraqis, not American bombs. Launching another military intervention in Iraq would only throw more fuel on a fire that is raging. Even worse, it would once again risk American lives in a fight that is not ours and that we cannot win.

  • What's the Next Step with Russia?

    Response by Harry Blaney

    06-04-14

    It is important that the allies unite around a strategy that will prevent future aggression and make Russia pay for its recent actions. However, it is also important to devise a series of policies that will reach out to Russian citizens and encourage those forces seeking greater freedom and civic participation. This will keep a window open between the East and the West and maintain a dialogue between students and travellers of both regions. A negative strategy itself is inadequate. There must also be another strategy in place that will, over the long-term, draw Russia into the society of democratic nations that seek to resolve shared global challenges in a unified and constructive way. Achieving the balance between punishment and peace will be hard. It is, though, a better way forward than simply punitive actions or no actions at all.