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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 »

Win Without War Statement on President Obama’s Speech

by Stephen Miles

09-10-14

While we, like all Americans, share in the outrage over the violence of ISIS militants, an open-ended escalation of US military force is not the answer. The US should not be rushing back to another endless war in the Middle East... Read More »

Win Without War Statement on President Obama’s Iraq Remarks

06-19-14

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 »

"Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men": U.S. Used Nazis as Cold War Spies

Melvin A. Goodman quoted

10-29-14

Newly-declassified records and interviews put together by investigative reporter Eric Lichtblau reveal how the CIA, the FBI, and the military all put Hitler's minions to work as spies, intelligence assets, and leading scientists... Read More »

U.S. Needs Mercenaries to Continue Interventionist Foreign Policy

Matthew Hoh quoted

10-24-14

To continue an interventionist policy in Muslim countries, the United States needs to have forces in place. For domestic political reasons US ground troops are not practical or an option, so security contractors, as they are not 'troops,' are usable... Read More »

ISIS: Military Contractors’ “Gravy Train” To Profits

William D. Hartung quoted

10-17-14

Wall Street’s looking ahead and saying, war’s good for business and companies are going to cash in... Read More »

Are Western Military Interventions Productive In Countering Terror?

Stephen Miles interviewed

10-28-14

Western military interventions cannot solve the problem of terrorism in the Muslim world, and Barack Obama is not the first president to promise the destruction of a terrorist group ... Read More »

A Profile from the Field - Nicole Ball

Nicole Ball interviewed

10-27-14

CIP senior fellow, Nicole Ball, discusses her field work evaluating the Danish Peace and Stabilisation Fund for Danida... Read More »

Contractors Cash in on U.S. War with ISIS

Stephen Miles interviewed

10-16-14

Since mid-June, the government has spent over $1 billion on the military campaign, sending the stock prices of defense corporations to near record highs... 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 »

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 »

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  • 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.

  • Why We Don't Need More Defense Spending

    Response by William Hartung

    05-08-14

    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.