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Confidence in Government on National Security Matters: June 2018

by Ben Freeman

Lawfare, Jul-06-2018 | Article

A year ago, we began a polling project to measure public confidence in government institutions on national security matters on an ongoing basis. This post provides our data for the month of June... Read More »

Stabilization Of Afghanistan: The Little Engine That Couldn’t

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, Jul-06-2018 | Article

“Between 2001 and 2017, U.S. government efforts to stabilize insecure and contested areas in Afghanistan mostly failed.” Those are not my words. They’re not from some partisan pundit or ideological crusader. It’s the conclusion reached by the Special Inspector General who’s been investigating U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan for the past six years (SIGAR)... Read More »

The Shrinking Ambitions of Donald Trump’s ‘Infrastructure’ Plan

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, Jul-02-2018 | Article

ther than shouting about building a wall on the US-Mexico border, one of Donald Trump’s most frequently proclaimed promises on the 2016 campaign trail was the launching of a half-trillion-dollar plan to repair America’s crumbling infrastructure (employing large numbers of workers in the process). Eighteen months into his administration, no credible proposal for anything near that scale has been made... Read More »

Pump Up The Pentagon

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Jul-02-2018 | Article

Other than shouting about building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, one of Donald Trump’s most frequently proclaimed promises on the 2016 campaign trail was the launching of a half-trillion-dollar plan to repair America’s crumbling infrastructure (employing large numbers of workers in the process).... Read More »

McCarthyism Revisited

by CIP

Counter Punch, Jun-28-2018 | Article

By Melvin A. Goodman... Read More »

A TALE OF TWO SANCTIONS

by Sarah Jolley, Hannah Poteete

Inkstick, Jun-15-2018 | Article

On May 13, just days after Trump announced the US would leave the Iran deal, Trump administration officials made the Sunday talk show rounds with one clear message: if European companies continue to do business with Iran, the US will slap them with sanctions... Read More »

Confidence in Government on National Security Matters: May 2018

by Ben Freeman

Lawfare, Jun-12-2018 | Article

In July, we began a polling project to measure public confidence in government institutions on national security matters on an ongoing basis. This post provides our data for the month of May... Read More »

The Future is African

by Salih Booker

Washington Post, Jun-07-2018 | Article

Beginning in 2035, the number of young people reaching working age in Africa will exceed that of the rest of the world combined, and will continue every year for the rest of the century... Read More »

Narcissus On The World Stage

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, Jun-04-2018 | Article

Narcissus? No, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. In fact, I don’t want to talk about Trump any more. Frankly, I don’t even want to hear about Trump any more. My outrage meter is broken... Read More »

The Difference a Hearing Makes: Public Awareness of and Confidence in Gina Haspel Increased After Her Senate Testimony

by Ben Freeman

Lawfare, May-31-2018 | Article

The fight over Gina Haspel’s nomination to be director of the CIA was one of the more politically controversial that has emerged in recent months. It raised complex questions of leadership and accountability and reopened discussion over this country’s use of harsh interrogation techniques that many have characterized as torture... Read More »

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