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Camp David, President Obama, and the Refusal to Acknowledge History and Reality

by Matthew Hoh

Huffington Post, May-19-2015 |

This past week, the White House attempted to repair the damage done by neglecting its Gulf Arab allies as Syria flew apart at the seams. King Salman of Saudi Arabia rebuffed President Obama's invitation to join a group of Sunni Arab leaders at Camp David, as did the King of Bahrain -- even as Washington reasserted its security guarantees and announced new military sales to both countries... Read More »

It’s Not Diplomacy, It’s an Arms Fair

by William D. Hartung

Foreign Policy, May-14-2015 | Article

U.S. defense contractors are popping corks as Obama “reassures” his Middle East allies with billions of dollars of weapons... Read More »

Congress Should Stop Playing Games With the Pentagon Budget

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, May-06-2015 | Article

Ever since the Budget Control Act of 2011 placed caps on the Pentagon's base budget, Congress and the Obama administration have been using creative accounting to evade them. But this year's House Armed Services Committee (HASC) version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) set a new standard for budget gimmickry... Read More »

Civil Society Organizations Call for an End to Aerial Spraying in Colombia

by CIP

May-05-2015 | Letter

CIP joins over 20 other organizations in support of an end to the inhumane and damaging aerial spraying program in Colombia... Read More »

Leonhart's Fall Signals Urgent Need for DEA Overhaul

by Laura Carlsen

Huffington Post, May-01-2015 | Article

The forced resignation of DEA chief Michele Leonhart is a step in the right direction toward cleaning up one of the most wasteful and ethically questionable agencies of the federal government, the Drug Enforcement Administration. Now it's time for Congress to take the next step -- a full and facts-based review of the agency to eliminate the deep flaws that gave rise to the scandal... Read More »

The Word Is Out: The U.S. Once Again Leads the World in Arms Sales

by William D. Hartung

Americas Program, Apr-21-2015 | Article

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has released its annual assessment of the global arms trade, and the United States once again has the dubious distinction on coming in at the number-one spot. For the period covering 2010 to 2014, the U.S. accounted for 31 percent of global arms sales, followed by Russia at 27 percent. The next largest exporters — China, (5%), France (5%), Germany (5%) and the United Kingdom (4%) — lagged far behind... Read More »

The Price of Peace: Why War is Bad for People, but Good for Business

by William D. Hartung

The Mark News, Apr-20-2015 | Article

A reduction of tensions in the Middle East could be bad news for Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest arms-producing corporation... Read More »

Putin’s Threats: How Should the U.S. React?

by Melvin A. Goodman

NY Times, Apr-18-2015 | Letter

Isn’t it time to recognize the “existential” importance of Ukraine to Russia to prevent a worsening of the crisis and to assure continued cooperation in the arms control arena as well as conflicts in the third world... Read More »

Yemen Campaign Tests U.S. Military Aid Policy

by Seth Binder

LobeLog, Apr-17-2015 | Article

As Yemen remains embroiled in conflict, the US policy to build partner capacity is being challenged. The United States cannot stop foreign countries from conducting their own foreign policy, even those receiving U.S. weapons. The airstrikes have killed innocent civilians and further destabilized a country, heightened the regional proxy war and strengthened AQAP’s hand. No easy solution exists in Yemen. However, as Operation Decisive Storm is demonstrating, building partner capacity can potentially cause as many problems as it hoped to eliminate... Read More »

On Pentagon Spending, Will the Real Rand Paul Please Stand Up?

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Apr-14-2015 | Article

Rand Paul announced his candidacy for the presidency last week under the slogan"Defeat the Washington Machine, Unleash the American Dream." Yet he seems to be ready to give the biggest Washington machine of all - the Pentagon - a free pass... Read More »

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