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European Parliament Gives Overwhelming 'Yes' Vote to End Secret Corporate Ownership


NGOs welcome the decision to set up public registers of the real owners of companies and trusts across Europe... Read More »

As President Barack Obama Meets with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos: It’s Time to Support Peace, Human Rights and Labor Rights


In a joint statement by CIP, WOLA, LAWGEF and USOC, Obama is encouraged to show strong support for the Colombian peace process... Read More »

Financial Transparency Conference Attracts International Attention


The Financial Transparency Coalition (FTC) and Tanzania’s Policy Forum, will host the highly anticipated conference, Towards Transparency: Making the Global Financial System Work for Development... Read More »

ANALYSIS: US Sent CIA to Ukraine to Initiate Protest Suppression Campaign

Melvin A. Goodman quoted


Melvin Goodman, a former CIA analyst and a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington DC, said that sending the CIA head to Ukraine only added to tensions in the country... Read More »

Senators say USAID’S Cuba social media program could endanger Bethesda’s Alan Gross, others

Wayne Smith quoted


A U.S. government plan to create a Twitter-like platform in Cuba was dumb and may have endangered the life of 64-year-old Bethesda resident Alan Gross and others around the world... Read More »

Lockheed Sees Surge in Profits after Shutdown

William D. Hartung quoted


Lockheed's credibility on Capitol Hill took a hit when sequestration had less impact than suggested... Read More »

Crimea: Obama Better be Careful about Giving "Wrong Impression" to Yatsenyuk

Melvin A. Goodman interviewed


As Ukraine’s coup-imposed premier Arseniy Yatsenyuk is preparing to hold talks with US President Barack Obama over the current Crimea crisis, hopes are that the Ukrainian regime won’t misinterpret the US support as the Georgian leader did back in 2008 ... Read More »

Pentagon Will Cut Services and Benefits To Soldiers While Protecting Profits of Defense Industry

William D. Hartung interviewed


William Hartung: Those who fight the wars will face cuts, but not high-ranking military personnel or the companies that build weapons... Read More »

Pentagon announces deep military spending cuts

William D. Hartung interviewed


A proposal from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will shrink the United States Army and eliminate a class of Air Force attack jets in the first Pentagon budget... Read More »

Series Premiere: Years of Living Dangerously

04-10-14 | Showtime

From the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy to the upheaval caused by drought in the Middle East, this groundbreaking documentary event series provides first-hand reports on those affected by, and seeking solutions to, climate change... Read More »

National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism

11-07-13 | Space: Bonchek Lecture Hall Building: Ann & Richard Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building

Melvin Goodman, who worked at the Central Intelligence Agency for 24 years and who taught at the National War College for over a decade will speak on his latest book... Read More »

Afghanistan: Past, Present and Future

10-18-13 | 2000 M Street NW Conference Room A

Please join us in a lively discussion on how Afghanistan’s rich history will affect its future with two experts who have over 80 years of combined experience analyzing the country’s historical and socio-political context... Read More »

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  • Afghanistan: Twelve Years Later

    Response by


    It is fitting that as we pass the 12-year mark of the U.S. and Western invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, the U.S. government is shut down, our economy, education system and infrastructure continues their persistent degradation, and the American people, for the first time ever, now believe their children will not be better off than they. The failure of the United States’ war in Afghanistan, a failure that has been obvious for quite some time, like our own domestic failings, is a testament to a broken American political order and a $1 trillion a year national security Leviathan. Of course, the Afghan people are no closer to becoming a country at peace than at any time since the 1970s and the United States must and should understand its responsibility and culpability in the continuing death, loss and chaos.

  • Official Win Without War Statement on Syria

    Response by Stephen Miles Tom Andrews


    The Win Without War coalition is strongly opposed to American military intervention in Syria and urges Congress to reject any proposed authorization for the use of military force.

    The use of chemical weapons is abhorrent.   However, we urge our leaders to pursue a response to the apparent use of these weapons in Syria that rejects the false choice between bombing and impunity.

    We agree with US military leaders who assert that only a political solution will end the suffering of the Syrian people and urge all parties to pursue such a settlement.

  • A Call for Smart Spending Cuts at the Pentagon

    Response by William Hartung


    I think we may want to say that it's more important than ever to cut Pentagon waste at a time when we need to focus spending on programs and personnel that best address 21st century threats.  That means cutting overhead at the Pentagon, which has over three-quarters of a million civilian employees.  But we need smart savings in all areas of Pentagon spending, including weapons procurement.  That is why it is so disappointing that the budget documents suggest that there will be no reductions in the F-35 combat aircraft, an overpriced, under-performing and unnecessary aircraft that is a bad deal for taxpayers.

  • The Relevance and Future of Europe (and U.S.) and Their Role in the World

    Response by Harry Blaney


    Many critical pundits have observed that Europe and the United States appear to be in decline, raising doubts about their future role in the world. Yet if observers only examine the phenomenon of decline without seeking improvement, this becomes self-defeating and counter-productive. Undoubtedly, America and Europe face new and unprecedented challenges, but critics fail to propose constructive solutions to these problems. Though there are indeed many solutions to the financial issues facing Europe and the United States, many pessimistic leaders seem determined to fight any proposed measures. In America, that amounts to a mindless opposition from many Republicans in Congress to anything Obama does. But to do nothing when doing “something” might help is abandonment of responsibility. Both Europe and the U.S. need less pessimism and a more determined leadership that focuses on solving problems.

  • East Coast Missile Defense Scheme: Unnecessary, Unworkable and Unaffordable

    Response by William Hartung


    The Pentagon budget shouldn’t be a jobs program. And at a time of tightening budgets, we can’t afford to waste money on unnecessary, unworkable and unaffordable projects like the East Coast missile defense scheme. The system is unnecessary because Iran is far from developing a nuclear warhead that can be mated to a long-range ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States, and it may never do so. In the extremely unlikely event that it does, Iran’s leaders would be deterred from launching a nuclear strike against the United States because they know that their country would be completely destroyed in return. An East Coast missile defense is unworkable because after spending nearly three decades and well over $100 billion trying to develop an interceptor that can reliably block a long-range nuclear-armed missile, the Pentagon has yet to succeed.