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Dismantling USAID

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, Apr-27-2017 |

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, Apr-26-2017 |

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, Apr-26-2017 |

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 »

Trump’s foreign policy is thoughtless, not flexible

by Harry Blaney

The Washington Post, Apr-25-2017 |

In his April 19 op-ed, “From Truman to Trump,” David Ignatius unconvincingly argued that President Trump should emulate the qualities of President Harry S. Truman. Mr. Ignatius argued that Mr. Trump’s flip-flops in foreign policy and national security suggest he has “shown a flexibility and pragmatism” and cited China, Russia and its president, Vladi­mir Putin , and what Mr. Ignatius called “mundane issues, such as the Export-Import Bank.”... Read More »

Ending the Cold War: What Shevardnadze Did

by Melvin A. Goodman

The New York Review of Books, Apr-21-2017 |

Archie Brown’s review of Robert Service’s excellent The End of the Cold War, 1985–1991 [NYR, March 23] falsely diminishes Eduard Shevardnadze’s contribution to improved Soviet–American relations and the cold war’s sudden end... Read More »

Trump bombings: The mother of all distractions?

by William D. Hartung

KBZK, Apr-14-2017 |

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: from allegations of collusion with Russia during the 2016 election to his failure at pushing through his most cherished domestic initiatives... Read More »

Building a New Movement Against Militarism

by Stephen Miles

The Nation, Apr-12-2017 |

Donald Trump bombed a Syrian government air base just a couple of weeks after releasing his budget plan for next year. The budget—with its call for a massive escalation in Pentagon spending, to be paid for with funds stolen from programs that fulfill urgent human needs—was met with outrage. But Trump’s illegal cruise-missile strike, ostensibly in response to a chemical-weapons attack on a Syrian town in Idlib Province, largely knocked the budget outrage off the agenda... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: A Grave Mistake

by Harry Blaney

The Times, Apr-09-2017 |

The simple fact is that Britain has greatly benefited from its membership of the EU, not least in having a strong voice in European decision-making that now will be absent (“This is no friendly divorce, but a long, bitter schism”, Niall Ferguson, Comment, last week). The cost, in my opinion as a former US diplomat who served in EU and Nato missions, will be considerable... Read More »

Win-Win Steps to Prevent a New Korean War

by Charles Knight

US News, Apr-06-2017 |

Indeed, the U.S. and China can make use of the principle of "win-win cooperation" to lower tensions on the Korean peninsula, diffuse crises and ultimately resolve long-standing hostilities. Presently that corner of the world is the most likely place for large scale warfare that could kill millions while quite possibly involving the use of nuclear weapons. "Win-win" means an outcome good for the United States, good for China and good for both Koreas and Japan, which stand to lose the most if war breaks out... Read More »

ES Views: Britain is now weaker in a time of global instability

by Harry Blaney

Evening Standard, Mar-31-2017 |

In short, Brexit hurts Britain’s influence, not just in Europe but across the world. While America appears to be disengaged and a bit scary under Donald Trump, and with the threat of Vladimir Putin’s Russia to our security, we need now a sense of common interest with the EU as we head towards even greater disunity... Read More »

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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 »