Recent Publications & Commentary

Trump’s Budget Puts Lives at Risk

by William D. Hartung

US News, May 2017 |

One of Donald Trump's most consistent refrains is his pledge to keep America safe by building up our military. Toward that end, his budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 calls for a $54 billion increase in Pentagon and related spending, to be offset by corresponding cuts in diplomacy and domestic programs... Read More »

There’s Less than Meets the Eye in Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal

by William D. Hartung

Defense One, May 2017 |

Donald J. Trump may be unpredictable, but there is one common theme that runs throughout his presidency: a penchant for exaggerating his achievements... Read More »

US pressure on Saudis can help promote peace in Yemen

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, May 2017 |

On the way to this week’s visit to Saudi Arabia, Secretary of Defense James Mattis was asked what the Trump administration would do to bolster its ally in the war in Yemen... Read More »

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Memorandum

by 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 »

A Message from CIP's Board Chair

by John O. Niles III

01-31-17

We are witnessing the end of an era. On January 20, President Barack Obama concluded his term of office, having governed with civility and compassion, rationality and restraint. And our very own Bill Goodfellow decided – long before the conclusion of the terrifying Presidential election – that he will step down as the Center for International Policy’s longtime executive director... Read More »

The US Does Right at the UN

by Elizabeth Newhouse

10-28-16

The surprising vote by the United States this week to abstain from the annual UN resolution denouncing the U.S. embargo on Cuba reaffirmed to the world the Obama Administration’s resolve to repair relations with Cuba. The abstention—the first such U.S. vote in 25 years—made it clear that even though bound by law to uphold the embargo, this administration regards it as outmoded, counterproductive, and in need of repeal... Read More »

TRUMP’S BIG SAUDI ARMS DEAL WILL CAUSE MORE MISERY FOR YEMEN

William D. Hartung quoted

05-23-17

On Monday, the first day of trading since the announcement that Saudi Arabia had agreed to buy a hundred and ten billion dollars in U.S. weaponry, defense stocks jumped... Read More »

The (Possibly Illegal) Art of a $100 Billion Saudi Arms Deal

William D. Hartung quoted

05-19-17

As Donald Trump heads to Riyadh today on his first international trip as president, he brings with him a gift: a massive arms deal reportedly worth more than $100 billion for Saudi Arabia... Read More »

The traditional think tank is withering. In its place? Bankers and consultants.

Bill Goodfellow quoted

04-06-17

Anybody who works in Washington knows that think tanks play an important role in advising the government on policy. For most bureaucrats, anything past two weeks is long term. Because experts at think tanks have fewer real-time deadlines, they specialize in the strategic thinking that many Cabinet agencies cannot do. Over the years, think tanks have had a hand in conceiving the Reagan administration’s first-term governing strategy, the expansion of NATO and the post-2006 surge in Iraq... Read More »

Afghanistan: The Longest US War is Deadlier Than Ever

Matthew Hoh interviewed

05-03-17

Matthew Hoh, a military veteran and diplomat who resigned his State Department post in protest of U.S. policy in Afghanistan, says the 16-year Afghan war won't end until the U.S. drops its strategy of sporadic escalation and insistence on Taliban surrender, with Afghan civilians suffering the worst consequences.... Read More »

CNN panelist nails Trump’s ‘P.T. Barnum foreign policy’ as the ‘mother of all distractions’

William D. Hartung interviewed

04-17-17

“Is there a new Trump doctrine in the making, or has the president simply found a formula for distracting the public and the media from his troubles at home?” wrote William Hartung, the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, on CNN... Read More »

Does Trump Stand to Profit Personally Off the Wars

William D. Hartung interviewed

04-11-17

Does President Trump stand to personally profit off the wars he is escalating in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Somalia and beyond? That’s the question many are asking, after it emerged that Trump has personally invested in Raytheon, the military contractor who makes the Tomahawk missiles used in the U.S. strike on a Syrian airbase last week. Raytheon’s stocks briefly surged after the attack... Read More »

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

04-27-17 | April 27th at 11:30 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 »

Book Launch: Human Rights after Hitler by Dan Plesch

04-19-17 | Time: 6:00-8:00 pm, Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 Location: Mott House, 122 Maryland Avenue, Washington, DC 20002

The Center for International Policy and Georgetown University Press invite you to the book launch of Human Rights after Hitler by Dan Plesch.... Read More »

Jane Goodall in Conversation with Jeff Horowitz and Greg Dalton

04-03-17 | Monday, April 3rd, at 6:30 pm at 275 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Nourse Theater)

Join us for a conversation about reasons for hope, thoughts about the connection between deforestation and climate change, and the threat to environmental protection coming from Washington DC at 6:30 pm on Monday, April 3rd, 2017.... Read More »

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