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


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


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


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 »

As Anniversary Nears, Md. Man Remains in Cuban Prison

Wayne Smith quoted


Gross is a part of the larger U.S-Cuba relationship, as are three remaining Cuban spies in federal prison, much to the chagrin of the Cuban government... Read More »

EU's Juncker Defends Position, Urges Global Fight Against Tax Evasion

Porter McConnell quoted


As financial transparency becomes more and more central to the strength of the global economy, G20 leaders can take concrete steps to ensure a healthy financial system... Read More »

India Must Lead in Global War Against Black Money

Financial Transparency Coalition quoted


India has a powerful role to play in the debate around developing country inclusion in systems for the cross-border exchange of financial information and country-by-country reporting for MNCs... Read More »

Unrest in Mexico

Laura Carlsen interviewed


Protesters are calling for the resignation of Mexican President Peña Nieto over his handling of the missing 43 student-teachers... Read More »

Are Mexico’s Missing Students the Victims of U.S.-Backed Drug War?

Laura Carlsen interviewed


Besides the nearly $3 billion that’s come through the Merida Initiative, there’s also Department of Defense money which goes towards training police and armed forces... Read More »

Obama to Increase Troops in Iraq

Matthew Hoh interviewed


Obama's doubling of U.S. troops in Iraq is "crazy" according to a former State Department official... 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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  • 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.