Recent Publications & Commentary

Who's Going to Get Rich Fighting the Islamic State?

by William D. Hartung

Foreign Policy, October 2014 | Article

Obama's small war means big profits - and little oversight - for defense contractors and hired guns... Read More »

Keep the U.S. Trade Embargo Against Cuba?

by Wayne Smith

Washington Post, October 2014 | Letter

The editorial board wrote that the United States should not end the trade embargo against Cuba until that country grants “genuine freedom to its people.” That is what might be called an all-or-nothing approach... Read More »

The Mass Shooting in Mexico

by Laura Carlsen

Foreign Policy in Focus, October 2014 | Article

The murder and disappearance of students from Ayotzinapa is raising questions once again about the complicity of law enforcement and public officials in Mexico's drug wars... Read More »

Country Profile: U.S. Security Assistance to Yemen

by Security Assistance Monitor

October 2014 | Report

Following close to eleven months of street protests calling for an end to his 33-year presidency, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a U.S.-supported transition plan on November 23, 2011. Former Vice President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi was elected president in February 2012 in a one-man election. While the new government has made progress on parts of the transition plan by beginning to restructure the security sector and completing a National Dialogue Conference (NDC), it has yet to revise the constitution or hold new elections... Read More »

Time to Reduce Economic Dependence on Pentagon Spending

by William D. Hartung, Miriam Pemberton

The Hill, October 2014 | Article

Continuing tensions in Ukraine, an expanding war in Iraq and Syria, and record stock prices for major firms like Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics all seem to indicate happy days on the way for companies and communities that depend on Pentagon spending. But putting off planning for a transition from reliance on Pentagon spending would be a serious mistake... Read More »