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The Iran Nuclear Deal Through the Lens of History

by Melvin A. Goodman

Washington Post, Aug-02-2015 | Letter

The verification for the nuclear agreement with Iran is more than adequate if the political will exists in Washington over the next decade... Read More »

Insulting America's Sacred Idols: Helping Veterans Recover From Moral Injury

by Matthew Hoh

Huffington Post, Jul-30-2015 | Article

As a nation we are mortally afraid to insult, afraid to judge, afraid to affirm the moral injury that inflicts veterans. We are afraid to say the wars were wrong, what we were doing there had no purpose, that young Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines died scared and barbarically thousands of miles from home without reason... Read More »

U.S. Assistance to Nigeria Should Be Tied to Human Rights

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Jul-29-2015 | Article

In his recent visit to Washington, newly elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had harsh words for U.S. restrictions on military aid to his nation. In particular, he singled out the Leahy Law, which blocks U.S. aid to military units involved in serious human rights abuses. In a speech at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Buhari denounced the law, accusing it of “aiding and abetting Boko Haram” by denying Nigeria “appropriate strategic weapons to prosecute the war against the insurgents.”... Read More »

Toxic Tourism

by Tom Barry

Boston Review, Jul-29-2015 | Article

According to Mexican tourism officials, magical experiences and eco-adventures await those who travel to the remote mountains and canyons of the Sierra Tarahumara in the border state of Chihuahua. They also assure tourists that they will be safe and that the native Tarahumara people are the major beneficiaries of the government-sponsored tourism industry... Read More »

Iran Deal Should Be First Step Towards a More Secure Middle East

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Jul-14-2015 | Article

Once the Iran nuclear deal is in place, the remaining, serious security issues in the region should be addressed diplomatically, not by pouring more arms into an area already wracked by conflict... Read More »

Management by McChrystal: Missing the Forest for the Trees?

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Jul-08-2015 | Article

McChrystal seems to miss the point that an unquestioning, “can-do” attitude in service of an ill-advised mission can do more harm than good. McChrystal’s book offers some useful insights on how to make decisions on the fly in a rapidly changing environment, but it has little to offer on the larger question of what objectives are ultimately worth pursuing... Read More »

The U.S. Shouldn't Export Colombia's Drug War "Success"

by Sarah Kinosian, Lisa Haugaard, John Lindsay-Poland

InSight Crime, Jul-08-2015 | Article

The U.S. is paying Colombia to train security forces in Central America, without tracking whether this is doing good or causing harm. It's time for authorities to start asking hard questions about what lessons Colombia's military is exporting abroad... Read More »

The Security Aid Blackout: How Cloudy U.S. Security Assistance Information Hampers Effective Progress

by Colby Goodman, Abigail Poe

Publish What You Fund, Jul-08-2015 | Article

Without increased transparency, sound decision-making on security assistance is severely limited both in the United States and recipient countries. Pentagon efforts to reduce security threats and the resulting benefits to development are also stymied.... Read More »

Reject Navy's Budget Gimmick

by William D. Hartung, Erica Fein

Defense News, Jun-30-2015 | Article

Congressional defense appropriators and authorizers are engaged in an oversight food fight over the Ohio-class replacement program to acquire the next-generation ballistic missile submarine... Read More »

Can 'All the King's Men' Put Iraq Together Again?

by Charles Knight

Huffington Post, Jun-26-2015 | Article

Once again President Obama is being sharply criticized by domestic opponents for what Politico calls a 'gaffe' uttered in a press conference in Germany on 8 June 2015... Read More »

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