Recent Publications & Commentary

Dismantling USAID

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, April 2017 |

It comes as little surprise that the Trump Administration is preparing plans to eliminate the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), whose mission is to “end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies.” Trump’s xenophobic, “America First” rhetoric leaves little room for enlightened engagement with the world, and his budget targets development for disabling cuts... Read More »

Donald Trump and The Death of Diplomacy

by William D. Hartung

Forum of Arms Trade, April 2017 |

Donald Trump prides himself on being the master of the “art of the deal.” But if his plans to slash spending on diplomacy are approved by Congress, there won’t be anybody home to make deals with other governments, except for Trump and his inner circle, who have so far shown a shocking lack of knowledge of foreign affairs... Read More »

US Diplomacy and Development Aid: Death by a Thousand Cuts

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, April 2017 |

When President Trump submitted his preliminary budget request for 2018, which outlined foreign aid and diplomacy cuts of nearly one-third, the rebuke was fast and furious. Members of Congress declared the president’s budget “dead on arrival.” Hearings on the budget produced “near consensus” against the cuts. Not just liberal Democrats and humanitarian do-gooders, but military leaders, Republican national security experts, right-leaning editorial boards, faith leaders, and conservative columnists proclaimed the importance of development assistance and, as one pundit put it, the “amorality and stupidity of eviscerating foreign-aid spending.”... 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 »

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 »

CREDO, MoveOn.org, Peace Action, and Win Without War Pledge to Resist Any Trump Administration Effort to Propel the United States into a War of Choice

quoted

03-29-17

Over the last weeks, major news outlets have reported increased civilian casualties resulting from U.S.-led bombings in Syria and Iraq. Earlier this month, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 42 people were killed in an airstrike on a mosque in the village of Al Jinah. Later that week, the U.S. reportedly bombed a school in Raqqa that was being used as a refugee center, killing 33 civilians. Over the weekend, reports indicate that the U.S. military confirmed its involvement in the March 17th bombing in Mosul which has claimed the lives of nearly 200 civilians... 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 »

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 »

Trump Greenlights Arms Sales to Bahrain and Many Other Countries

William D. Hartung interviewed

04-02-17

The Trump administration informed Congress on Wednesday, that it plans to approve the sale of 19 F-16 fighter jets, to the small Arab kingdom of Bahrain. The multi-billion dollar sale had been held up by President Obama because of human rights concerns in the island nation. The approval of the sale is just the latest in a series of signs that the Trump administration is loosening human rights considerations, when it comes to promoting U.S. arms deals. Other potential buyers of U.S. arms that had been previously been put on hold, include Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt and Taiwan... 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 »

CIP in the Press
  • Laura Carlsen on Counter Punch Radio: Episode 84

    Laura Carlsen

    Counter Punch Radio, 04-26-17

    In a special bonus episode this week, Eric chats with Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy, as she travels with the Caravan against Fear through the Southwest. The conversation touches on everything from Trump's racist policies and the fantasies upon which their based, to US strategic objectives in Latin America; from economic contradictions in the US-Mexico relationship, to the motives behind the drug war and Jeff Sessions' idiotic war on weed...Read More »

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

    William D. Hartung interviewed

    Raw Story, 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

    Democracy Now!, 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 »