Recent Publications & Commentary

Reviving the Peace Movement for the 21st Century: Responses to Daniel May

by William D. Hartung

The Nation , March 2017 |

Daniel May’s essay in the most recent issue of The Nation, “How to Revive the Peace Movement in the Trump Era,” has stirred up a lot of conversation on the left. In the wake of Trump’s election, May argued, “we need a movement that can speak to the anger that so many Americans feel toward the corporate powers that dominate our politics. Such a movement would expose how militarism is not immune to that influence but is particularly beholden to it.” Here we publish responses to May’s argument from five peace advocates.... Read More »

Latin America's Women-led Movements and the New Feminism

by Laura Carlsen

Counter Punch, March 2017 |

Less than a week before International Women's day a year ago, Honduran military men trained by the Pentagon burst into her home and assassinated Berta Caceres. Feminist, environmentalist, and anti-imperialist, a charismatic organizer and a staunch opponent of the megaprojects that stole the land and poisoned the earth of indigenous peoples, Berta was the epitome of everything the henchmen of capitalism loathed and feared... Read More »

Want to Make Budget Cuts? Start Here

by William D. Hartung

The New York Times, March 2017 |

The Trump administration on Thursday provided an outline of its first budget, a proposal that will dramatically reshape how the United States spends money on national security and defense. There is no question that the United States’ security spending patterns need to be rebalanced to better address urgent security challenges. The Trump budget will not do that... Read More »

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Press Room

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 »

Donald Trump Is Filling Top Pentagon and Homeland Security Positions With Defense Contractors

William D. Hartung quoted

03-22-17

The Trump administration is the “military-industrial complex personified,” said William Hartung, director of the Arms & Security Project at the Center for International Policy. Hartung noted that while the administration is bringing arms industry officials into government, it is also demanding a massive increase in military spending and appears to be escalating conflicts in Syria and Yemen... Read More »

A Budget Alarmingly Short on Humanity

William D. Hartung quoted

03-19-17

No American in their right mind would say that we shouldn't adequately fund our military. But as William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project with the Center for International Policy, noted in a New York Times op-ed column: There are "shadow" security assistance programs buried within the Pentagon's budget that should be cut because "they do more harm than good."... Read More »

Amazon Deforestation, Once Tamed, Comes Roaring Back

Glenn Hurowitz quoted

02-24-17

A decade after the “Save the Rainforest” movement captured the world’s imagination, Cargill and other food giants are pushing deeper into the wilderness... Read More »

Are Trump & Mexican President Provoking Conflict to Distract from Low Approval Ratings at Home?

Laura Carlsen interviewed

01-27-17

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto canceled a meeting with President Trump that was scheduled for next week, as tensions between the two countries rise. The move came after Trump announced plans Wednesday to expand the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico—a wall Trump has repeatedly said he would force Mexico to pay for. On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the U.S. would impose a 20 percent tax on all goods imported from Mexico and use the proceeds to pay for the expanded border wall. But after widespread outrage at the plan, Spicer walked back his statements only hours later, saying the import tax was just "one idea."... Read More »

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mel A. Goodman, Dave Lindorff, Janine Bandcroft

Melvin A. Goodman interviewed

12-07-16

If November was the “stepping off” point, then December is the “hurtling towards the hard landing” of January’s Trump presidency... Read More »

Made in America - Human rights in Mexico and Mexican migrants against Trump

Laura Carlsen interviewed

11-28-16

Laura Carlsen discusses with Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, president of the United States National Bar Association, in the studio of Rompeviento TV; And Stephanie Bello, executive assistant of the Migrant Center of the Church of San Francisco in New York.... Read More »

National Geographic Channel: Years of Living Dangerously

11-23-16 | 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

11-14-16 | 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 »

Into the Light

10-30-16 | NEXT EPISODE AIRS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30 INTO THE LIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN

From executive producer Jeff Horowitz, the next episode of Years of Living Dangerously, Into the Light featuring David Letterman, airs Sunday, October 30th #yearsproject ... Read More »

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