Whistleblower at the CIA

By Melvin A. Goodman

Feb-01-2017 | Book

Mel Goodman will be lecturing at the University of North Carolina on October 3rd and at Yale University on October 17th. His book "Whistleblower at the CIA" will be published February 2017 and is posted on Amazon.com for advance sale. See more at melvingoodman.com.... Read More »

Articles and Media Appearances 2016

By William D. Hartung

Jan-19-2017 | Report

This report summarizes articles and media appearances by Arms and Security Project director William D. Hartung during 2016. The project’s work during 2016 focused on reining in Pentagon spending and reducing arms transfers to the Middle East, as part of a larger effort to promote a more effective U.S. foreign policy that focuses on preventing conflict rather than engaging in military action... Read More »

U.S. Arms Transfers to the UAE and Mideast Security

By William D. Hartung

Jan-11-2017 |

Despite the fact that it involves billions of dollars worth of weaponry, the U.S./UAE arms transfer relationship receives relatively little attention among the public, in the media, or in Congress. In part this is because the UAE connection is overshadowed by the U.S. role as the primary arms supplier to Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Arabia’s use of U.S. arms in its brutal bombing campaign in Yemen. But the UAE’s increasingly effective military capabilities and growing regional security role deserve closer scrutiny, both because of their impact on the future of the region and their implications for the future of U.S. arms transfer policy... Read More »

Why Haven’t We Defeated al-Shabaab?

By Diana Ohlbaum

Jan-30-2017 | Article

“We’ve been fighting al-Shabaab for a decade, why haven’t we won?” the Trump transition team asked the State Department. To foreign policy professionals, such questions may sound naïve and uninformed. They may reflect “an overwhelmingly negative and disparaging outlook” on Africa, as one expert characterized them, and extreme skepticism about the value of foreign aid. But rather than debating the motives of those asking the questions, the national security establishment ought to seize the opportunity to reexamine some long-standing assumptions... Read More »

“Wag the Dog,” Revisited

By Melvin A. Goodman

Feb-20-2017 | Article

Twenty years ago, Hollywood produced a black comedy, “Wag the Dog,” that involved a sex scandal in the White House less than two weeks before the election. A spin doctor is brought in to distract the public from the scandal by constructing a diversionary war with Albania. When the CIA learns of the plot, it sends an agent to confront the spin doctor, who convinces the agency that revealing the deception would be against the best interests of the United States... Read More »

Flynn, Russia and the World of Conspiracy Thinking

By Melvin A. Goodman

Feb-15-2017 | Article

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has a well deserved reputation for conspiracy thinking. Presumably he will assume that the U.S. intelligence community, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the former director of National Intelligence, conducted a campaign to force his removal from the Trump administration. Ironically, the Kremlin, which has lived historically in a world of conspiracy thinking, will view the ouster of Flynn as part of a campaign by the U.S. establishment to prevent any improvement in Russian-American relations... Read More »

Mel Goodman Panel Presentation on "America's Russian Problem: A New Chapter"

Apr-25-17 | April 25th at 11:45 pm at 1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036 (The historic Whittemore House)

Mel Goodman will appear on a lunchtime panel presentation discussing US-Russian relations as part of the “US Role in a Changing World” monthly series at the Woman’s National Democratic Club. ... Read More »

National Geographic Channel: Years of Living Dangerously

Nov-23-16 | Season 2, Episode 4: “FUELING THE FIRE” with correspondents: Gisele Bündchen and Arnold Schwarzenegger Second showing: Wed., Nov 23rd at 11 pm, or watch anytime via ON DEMAND (free if you subscribe to National Geographic TV)

The outcome of the U.S. Presidential election suggests that it is more urgent than ever that we work to raise awareness about the serious threat that runaway carbon emissions pose for the future of our planet. But even though this threat is dire, the good news is that there are greener, cleaner, and economically sound solutions that can be scaled up right now... Read More »

Bill Goodfellow Keynote Speaker

Nov-14-16 | November 14, 2016 Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

Economists for Peace and Security will conduct its 9th annual policy symposium at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington DC on November 14, 2016 to discuss the economic dimensions of the most pressing global security issues and those facing the domestic economy... Read More »

CIP in the Press
  • Trump ready to approve weapons packages to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain that Obama blocked

    William D. Hartung quoted

    Bhatkallys.com, 02-08-17

    The Trump administration is poised to move quickly to approve major weapons packages for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain that President Obama blocked during his final months in office over human rights concerns in both nations, U.S. officials and congressional sources say...Read More »

  • Ex-Diplomat: Congress to Scrutinize Tillerson Efforts to 'Make Deal' With Russia

    Harry Blaney quoted

    Sputnik International, 02-02-17

    On Wednesday, the US Senate in a final vote confirmed Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobil, as President Donald Trump's secretary of state by a 56 to 43 vote, with Republicans backing the nominee and most Democrats opposing him...Read More »

  • Memorandum

    Bill Goodfellow

    01-31-17

    John Niles, the Center for International Policy’s board chair, has announced that I will be stepping down as executive director. After 42 years, I need a change and I believe CIP will benefit from a leader with new ideas and new energy. With Donald Trump in the White House, we face enormous challenges and we will have to dramatically ramp up our activities to respond to what I believe is the greatest threat to world peace since the end of World War II...Read More »