Recent Publications & Commentary

What If Chuck Hagel Had Resigned for a Reason?

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, November 2014 | Article

Why did Chuck Hagel step down as secretary of defense? Was it his choice, as President Obama has suggested, or was he pushed? We may never be absolutely sure. But one thing that is clear is that Hagel's tenure was a missed opportunity to put our security policy on a sounder footing at a time of increasing uncertainty... Read More »

The Ouster of Chuck Hagel: The Dumbing Down of National Security Policy

by Melvin A. Goodman

CounterPunch, November 2014 | Article

The forced resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel points to two major problems in the national security policies of the Obama administration that have not been corrected in the past six years... Read More »

Peter Kassig's Death: Revenge Is Not the Answer

by Angela Miller

Stars and Stripes, November 2014 | Article

It takes strength to listen to our better angels instead of giving in to revenge. As a nation, we will benefit from resisting our initial instincts and asking the hard questions about our latest war in Iraq and Syria: What do our desire for vengeance and our revulsion at the barbarism of the Islamic State mean in real policy terms? Will airstrikes and ground troops actually degrade the Islamic State, or will they be counterproductive... Read More »

Serious Setback for Justice in Colombia if Bills to Expand Jurisdiction of Military Courts Approved

by CIP

November 2014 | Letter

We view with grave concern renewed legislative efforts by the Colombian government that could deny justice for serious human rights abuses—including extrajudicial executions—committed by members of the military and police... Read More »

CIA Reorganization Would be Risky

by Melvin A. Goodman

Washington Post, November 2014 | Letter

CIA Director John Brennan’s consideration of breaking up the operational and analytical directorates of the Central Intelligence Agency would do great harm to the production of strategic intelligence... Read More »