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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 »

New Resource has Interactive Data of U.S. Security Assistance Worldwide

10-20-14

The Center for International Policy launched the Security Assistance Monitor, a new program and web-resource that tracks U.S. military and police assistance and arms sales worldwide... Read More »

U.S. Ally Yemen in Danger of Splitting into Two – Again

Matthew Hoh quoted

01-28-15

Yemen could be the next to descend into mass chaos with violence among many factions as we are seeing in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, all nations that have been the recipient of interventionist U.S. foreign policy... Read More »

Cuba's $6B Debt to Americans for Seized Properties Hangs Over U.S. Talks

Elizabeth Newhouse quoted

01-26-15

A $6 billion sticking point could create headaches for the U.S.-Cuba talks... Read More »

Hillary Clinton Backs Obama on Foreign and Domestic Fronts

Stephen Miles quoted

01-21-15

Hopefully, unified Democratic opposition to new sanctions on Iran will convince its sponsors to stop their dangerous push... Read More »

Blowback in The Middle East: Matthew Hoh on Torture, Veteran Suicide & Endless War

Matthew Hoh interviewed

01-02-15

In an interview, Hoh discussed ISIS, moral injury affecting verterans, the epidemic of veterans’ suicides and his own PTSD... Read More »

New Day for Cuban-American Relations

Wayne Smith interviewed

12-21-14

On CBS News' 60 Minutes, former Chief of the U.S. Interests Section, Wayne Smith, discusses the significance of improved relations with Cuba... Read More »

The Future of U.S.-Cuba Policy

Wayne Smith interviewed

12-17-14

Senior fellow of the Cuba Project Wayne Smith discusses the new U.S.-Cuba policy and its future... Read More »

The Economic and Security Future

11-17-14 | Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington DC

Economists for Peace and Security works to promote non-military solutions to world challenges, and more broadly to work towards freedom from fear and want for all. Join them for a discussion of the economic and security future... Read More »

Financial Transparency Coalition Annual Conference 2014

10-14-14 | Lima, Peru

Mark your calendars for the Financial Transparency Coalition 2014 annual conference co-hosted by the Latin American Network on Debt and Development in Lima, Peru October 14-15... Read More »

Hill Briefing

09-16-14 | Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-11

With the President’s announcement of a $5 billion Counter Terrorism Partnerships Fund in late May, the Obama administration is greatly expanding U.S. foreign security assistance to combat terrorism around the world. Join us for a discussion of the challenges and opportunities created by this announcement... 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.