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Multiple programs focus on the conflicts in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the larger Middle East region. They work to decrease the presence of U.S. troops in the region as a whole and make real, lasting cuts to the military budget by reevaluating how America uses military force.

Country Profile: U.S. Security Assistance to Tunisia

By Security Assistance Monitor, Project on Middle East Democracy

Apr-21-2015 | Policy Brief

Tunisia is widely credited with initiating the wave of revolutions that swept the Arab world in 2011. Following the ouster of former President Ben Ali, the country navigated an extremely difficult political transition that culminated in the formation of a democratically elected government under a new constitution in December 2014... Read More »

Applying the Leahy Law to U.S. Military and Police Aid

By Security Assistance Monitor

Dec-01-2014 | Report

A guide on what the Leahy Law says, how the United States applies it and what organizations can do to encourage U.S. action against security forces accused of violations... Read More »

Advancing a Sustainable, Just and Peaceful World

By Bill Goodfellow

Nov-10-2014 | Report

Check out what the Center for International Policy has been up to in 2014 with our end-of-year brochure... Read More »

The Word Is Out: The U.S. Once Again Leads the World in Arms Sales

By William D. Hartung

Apr-21-2015 | Article

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has released its annual assessment of the global arms trade, and the United States once again has the dubious distinction on coming in at the number-one spot. For the period covering 2010 to 2014, the U.S. accounted for 31 percent of global arms sales, followed by Russia at 27 percent. The next largest exporters — China, (5%), France (5%), Germany (5%) and the United Kingdom (4%) — lagged far behind... Read More »

The Price of Peace: Why War is Bad for People, but Good for Business

By William D. Hartung

Apr-20-2015 | Article

A reduction of tensions in the Middle East could be bad news for Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest arms-producing corporation... Read More »

Yemen Campaign Tests U.S. Military Aid Policy

By Seth Binder

Apr-17-2015 | Article

As Yemen remains embroiled in conflict, the US policy to build partner capacity is being challenged. The United States cannot stop foreign countries from conducting their own foreign policy, even those receiving U.S. weapons. The airstrikes have killed innocent civilians and further destabilized a country, heightened the regional proxy war and strengthened AQAP’s hand. No easy solution exists in Yemen. However, as Operation Decisive Storm is demonstrating, building partner capacity can potentially cause as many problems as it hoped to eliminate... Read More »

US Policy on Syria: War or Diplomacy?

By Carl Conetta

Sep-23-2013 | Fact Sheet

A selection of critical views and proposals on the way forward with Syria... Read More »

The American Public's View on U.S. Military Intervention in Syria

By Stephen Miles, Angela Miller

Sep-04-2013 | Fact Sheet

Win Without War compiled a fact sheet on opinions in the U.S. about a potential military intervention in Syria... Read More »

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