Recent Publications & Commentary

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 »

With American Help Iraq's Cycle of Violence Spirals

by Matthew Hoh

Huffington Post, October 2014 | Article

The cycle of violence that has been devastating the people of Iraq for 11 years is not working, will not work, and will only prolong the suffering of millions of Iraqis... Read More »

Stop Saying the Pentagon Can’t Pay for Our Wars

by Stephen Miles, Ethan Rosenkranz, Erica Fein

Defense One, October 2014 | Article

Recent flare-ups around the world have Washington politicians and their sympathizers predictably sounding the alarm bells over sequestration and calling for an increase in the Pentagon’s budget. Dire warnings by credible and powerful voices deserve to be taken seriously. Yet, a closer look reveals that the Pentagon has plenty of money sitting around with which to fund new contingencies... Read More »

Something in the Air: “Isolationism,” Defense Spending, and the U.S. Public Mood

by Carl Conetta

October 2014 | Report

Is the public trending toward isolationism? Or is interventionism back? Polls suggest a more complex truth... Read More »