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Trump’s Space Force Is Putting Us All in Danger

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, September 2018 | Article

On June 18th, President Trump announced that he was directing the Pentagon to develop a new branch of the U.S. military, a “Space Force” that would give the U.S. “dominance” in that realm. It would be, he said -- and here he used a classic phrase from the Jim Crow era of racial segregation -- “separate but equal” to the U.S. Air Force... Read More »

WILL $100 MILLION IN DEFENSE CEO SALARIES MAKE US SAFER?

by William D. Hartung

Inkstick, September 2018 | Article

The Senate just approved a $675 billion Pentagon spending bill by a vote of 85 to 7. When defense-related activities like nuclear warhead research and development at the Department of Energy are taken into account, the total figure is well north of $700 billion... Read More »

Congress Can Help End The Suffering In Yemen

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, September 2018 | Article

The Saudi intervention in Yemen—carried out with U.S support—ranks alongside the war in Syria as the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe. Without concerted action by Congress, things will get worse before they get better... Read More »

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Press Release: CIP’s Foreign Influence Transparency Proposal Becomes Law

by Ben Freeman

08-13-18

Today the President signed into law the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill includes provisions from the Countering Foreign Propaganda Act, first introduced by Representatives Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY), which the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative (FITI) at the Center for International Policy helped to craft and loudly supported.... Read More »

Recent Pentagon Increases Exceed Russia’s Entire Military Budget

by William D. Hartung

06-26-18

The House of Representatives’ $716 billion Fiscal Year 2019 Pentagon spending bill is one of the largest since World War II. Spending at this level is both dangerous and unnecessary. It’s good news for Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and other weapons contractors, but bad news for the rest of us... Read More »

Open Society Foundations Announce Summer 2018 New Executives Fund Recipients

by CIP

05-31-18

Eight newly appointed leaders of nonprofit organizations, in countries ranging from the United States to Senegal, have been awarded New Executives Fund grants to help implement their vision of change, the Open Society Foundations announced today. The recipients represent a wide array of organizations focused on open society concerns, including but not limited to youth empowerment, women’s rights, antidiscrimination, and drug policy reform... Read More »

The swampy business of lobbying for foreign governments

Ben Freeman quoted

09-21-18

Paul Manafort’s trials have drawn attention to a dubious practice in Washington... Read More »

The United States Can Stop Cameroon’s Brutal Crackdown

Security Assistance Monitor quoted

09-20-18

Washington must not ignore atrocities against the country’s Anglophones. It should use existing U.S. laws to force an end to the violence... Read More »

Millions of Yemeni Children Are Starving

William D. Hartung quoted

09-19-18

The number of Yemenis at risk of dying from starvation is staggering, but for some reason the severity of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen still fails to register in the rest of the world... Read More »

Assessing the damage of Mexico’s deadly earthquakes … one year later

Laura Carlsen interviewed

09-15-18

Political Analyst Laura Carlsen joins anchor Elaine Reyes on the set of “Americas Now” to discuss the accusations of corruption. She also describes the losses suffered by residents outside of Mexico City... Read More »

Foreign influence event and Foreign Lobby

Ben Freeman interviewed

09-14-18

In celebration of the 80th Anniversary of FARA and the launch of new Foreign Lobby Watch tools, the Center for Responsive Politics is hosting a discussion on foreign influence featuring a demo of CRP’s newly released Foreign Lobby Watch database followed by a panel of experts... Read More »

Is the New Trade Agreement President Trump Signed a Re-branded NAFTA?

Laura Carlsen interviewed

08-29-18

Yesterday, President Trump announced a new Trade Agreement with Mexico leaving Canada out. A dig deep into the agreement and where it’s going with guests Lori Wallach, Director and Founder of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch and Laura Carlsen is Director of the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy... Read More »

Building informed democracy in an era of endless war

06-30-18 | Open the Govt.

We’d like to invite you to join a series of strategy roundtables to identify the primary barriers to public access to information on different aspects of U.S. wars, as well as the accountability tools and mechanisms that need to be strengthened (think whistleblower protections, FOIA, Congressional oversight, etc).... Read More »

Dismantling Racism in U.S. Foreign Policy

06-11-18 | FCNL

Join us on June 26th at the Friends Committee on National Legislation for a conversation with CIP Pres. Salih Booker on racism in U.S. foreign policy, the lack of diversity among policymakers, and some ways to move forward... Read More »

Taking Aim: A Closer Look at the Global Arms Trade

05-22-18 | DATE: May 22, 2018 TIME: 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM LOCATION: Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20036

The inaugural Forum on the Arms Trade annual conference, "Taking Aim: A Closer Look at the Global Arms Trade," is a half-day event that will take place at the Stimson Center on May 22, 2018. The conference will feature leading experts, journalists, and members of civil society and the government. Join us as we look into the effects of the global arms trade on human and national security, and discuss how the U.S. can better assess risk when transferring arms. ... Read More »

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