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Win Without War Statement on President Obama’s Iraq Remarks


The President announced that up to 300 special operations forces would be deployed to Iraq and that the U.S. was prepared to launch airstrikes... Read More »

Military Budget: Good News for Contractors


The House of Representatives meets this week to consider the Pentagon’s budget proposal and they have a long way to go just to undo the damage done by their own armed services committee... Read More »

European Parliament Gives Overwhelming 'Yes' Vote to End Secret Corporate Ownership


NGOs welcome the decision to set up public registers of the real owners of companies and trusts across Europe... Read More »

U.S. Now Faces Threat of U.S.-made Weapons in Iraq

William D. Hartung quoted


Once you send this kind of equipment into the middle of a civil war, it’s hard to say where it will end up... Read More »

The Pentagon's $43 billion Slush Fund

William D. Hartung quoted


The Pentagon has a $43 billion slush fund that the Obama administration is using to bypass Congress to intervene overseas... Read More »

Israel Bites Hand that Feeds, U.S. Feeds Hand that Bites

William D. Hartung quoted


If the Obama administration had wanted to exert leverage during the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza, it could have threatened to cut off military aid... Read More »

The Case For Non-Intervention in Iraq

Matthew Hoh interviewed


Engaging militarily in Iraq's civil war may serve to salve guilty American consciences, but will only exacerbate the country's violent divisions in the long run... Read More »

Broken U.S. Policy Fuels Conflict in Iraq

Matthew Hoh interviewed


An Iraq War veteran and former State Department Official offers insight into the increased level of advisers sent to Iraq... Read More »

In Major Breach of the Separation of Powers, CIA Admits Spying on Senate

Melvin A. Goodman interviewed


Goodman weighs in on the reckless behavior of the CIA, including their spying on the U.S. Senate... Read More »

Peace, Politics and Crime in Chocó, Colombia

06-26-14 | CIP

CIP is pleased to invite you to join us for a discussion with the former governor of Chocó, Colombia, Luís Murillo... Read More »

Presidents and the CIA: From Truman to Obama

06-03-14 | The National Archives at Kansas City

Dr. Goodman will describe the successes and failures of the Central Intelligence Agency from the perspective of the relationship between the U.S. Presidency and the CIA... Read More »

Advancing Collaboration between the United States and Cuba in Marine Science and Conservation

05-08-14 | Carnegie

Join us for a unique panel discussion to learn about the results of a landmark meeting for Cuba and the U.S., and what it may mean for the future of marine science and international relations... Read More »

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  • House Passage of McGovern-Jones-Lee Iraq Resolution

    Response by Stephen Miles


    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


    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


    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


    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.

  • Why We Don't Need More Defense Spending

    Response by William Hartung


    NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen claims that the Ukraine crisis “shows us more clearly than ever that defence matters[,]” and that we should reverse the decline in defense spending. While Russia’s military takeover of Crimea is an unacceptable violation of international law, it provides no justification for increasing the Pentagon’s already bloated budget. The idea that more defense spending equals more influence over the behavior of other countries is simply untrue. Vladimir Putin is not huddled in Moscow toting up the figures in the Pentagon's latest budget proposal, and then using it as a guide as to whether to take military action. Nor is any other world leader. They are following their perceived interests and weighing them against the consequences that might result from any given course of action.