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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 »

Worrying Rise of U.S. Weapon Sales Greeted by a Middle East Engulfed in War

William D. Hartung quoted

04-20-15

Conflicts and war across the region have been an economic boon to those who wipe away crocodile tears with one hand and sign weapons contracts with the other... Read More »

The U.S. Spends Too Much on Military and Warfare

William D. Hartung quoted

04-17-15

The pentagon receives half a trillion dollars in taxpayers’ money each year, but it wants more... Read More »

Military Spending Spikes in Middle East, Eastern Europe

Seth Binder quoted

04-13-15

Military budgets declined slightly in the U.S. in 2014, but China, Russia and Saudi Arabia all spent more, research shows... Read More »

Are Obama’s Record Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt and Iraq Fueling Unrest in Middle East?

William D. Hartung interviewed

04-07-15

As Saudi Arabia continues U.S.-backed strikes in Yemen and Washington lifts its freeze on military to aid to Egypt, new figures show President Obama has overseen a major increase in weapons sales since taking office... Read More »

The Arab League and U.S. Weapons Trades

William D. Hartung interviewed

04-07-15

Sometimes deals that appear solely about profits morph into serious security problems... Read More »

Was the U.S. Right to Make the Prisoner Swap?

Matthew Hoh interviewed

04-01-15

The army's announcement that it would be charging Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and "misbehavior before the enemy" prompted fresh backlash over the Obama administration's decision to rescue Bergdahl from Taliban captivity last year... 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.