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Presidential Embargo Authority Over Cuba: Renew it or Lose it

by Robert Muse

09-01-15

Summary: The Center for International Policy and Global Americans urge President Barack Obama to renew the Trading with the Enemy Act for Cuba. Surprised? According to a white paper by Robert Muse, the President’s authority to make changes to the embargo depend on renewal of the Act. Failure to do so will not only tie the executive’s hands to make further changes but also end the important people-to-people exchanges. ... Read More »

U.S. and Cuban Embassies Will Open This Month, President Obama Announces

07-01-15

In 1961, CIP Senior Fellow Wayne Smith witnessed as they took down the flag at the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba. On July 20th, that flag will go back up, in the next step towards normalized relations between the two countries... Read More »

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 »

Marco Rubio Says the Army Just Cut 40,000 Spots

Charles Knight quoted

08-20-15

Is the most important obligation of the federal government to keep the military strong? Charles Knight responds to Marco Rubio's statement... Read More »

To Aid Or Not To Aid: U.S. Law Creates Weapons Dilemma

Seth Binder quoted

08-20-15

Often times Leahy gets blamed for suspensions in stopping work between the U.S. military and foreign bodies, but that can be inaccurate... Read More »

Database Provides Transparency on Foreign Aid

Security Assistance Monitor quoted

08-20-15

SAM's website enables decision-makers and the public access to and an understanding of the information needed to oversee security spending... Read More »

Are Journalists & Activists Safe Anywhere in Mexico?

Laura Carlsen interviewed

08-04-15

In Mexico City, thousands of protesters are continuing to denounce the murder of photojournalist Rubén Espinosa... Read More »

Former Cuba Diplomat Feels Joy, Relief As Havana Embassy Reopens

Wayne Smith interviewed

07-19-15

Wayne Smith, who has had a front-seat view on U.S.-Cuban relations for over fifty years reflects on what the normalization of relations means to him... Read More »

Iran Nuclear Pact Could Spark Buildup Of Conventional Weapons

William D. Hartung interviewed

07-15-15

Could there be a buildup of conventional arms in the Middle East?... Read More »

Environmental Defenders and Human Rights in Honduras

05-28-15 | 1527 New Hampshire Avenue, NW (3rd floor conference room) Washington, DC

Join the Environmental Investigation Agency and the Latin America Working Group for a brown bag lunch discussion of human rights and environmental defense in Honduras... Read More »

Vietnam: The Power of Protest

05-01-15 | 1313 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC United States

Join us to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam Peace Movement in Washington, DC... Read More »

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from Our Experts
  • 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.