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Military Aid Should Do No Harm

by William D. Hartung

US News World Report, Mar-08-2016 | Article

The failures of U.S. military assistance programs far outpace the successes... Read More »

Libya and the Perils of Regime Change

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Mar-01-2016 | Article

The 2011 intervention in Libya was praised at the time as the right way to take military action against a repressive regime. The anti-Qaddafi effort was a true coalition effort, with European allies taking the initial lead in the bombing campaign, and with political support from the Arab League. And the overthrow of the regime was accomplished without putting U.S. troops in harm's way... Read More »

More Arms to Saudi Arabia: More Mideast Conflicts

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Mar-01-2016 | Article

According to a report released this week by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia have increased by an astonishing 279% between 2011 and 2015, compared with the prior five-year period. More then three quarters of the weaponry came from the U.S. and the United Kingdom... Read More »

No need to boost war budget

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, Feb-17-2016 | Article

The Pentagon’s proposed $582 billion budget is more than enough to address current security challenges. But members of Congress who agreed to this spending level in last year’s budget deal are already crying out for more... Read More »

The New South American Political Map

by Laura Carlsen

Feb-13-2016 | Article

The election results in Venezuela and Argentina, the Brazilian crisis, and the erosion of the “citizens’ revolution” in Ecuador are part of a change in political climate that puts the transformative processes underway on the defensive... Read More »

More Lies From Spies: the Tall Tales of Robert Gates

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, Feb-04-2016 | Article

Former CIA director and secretary of defense Robert M. Gates, who served both Bush administrations as well as the Obama administration, has produced his third self-aggrandizing memoir. His most recent effort, “A Passion for Leadership,” is in the form of lessons learned, but there is no acknowledgement of any flaw or stumble, let alone mistake. In view of Gates’ emphasis on “integrity,” it’s useful to review his CIA career, particularly his relationship with CIA director William Casey... Read More »

A Golden Age for Pentagon Waste

by William D. Hartung

U.S. News, Feb-03-2016 | Article

Waste at the Pentagon is nothing new. But recent revelations suggest that it may be reaching historic levels.... Read More »

Five Things Heritage Gets Wrong About Pentagon Spending

by William D. Hartung

The Huffington Post, Jan-27-2016 | Article

The Heritage Foundation has asserted that Americans deserve an "honest debate" about the costs of national security. I couldn't agree more... Read More »


by Glenn Hurowitz

Jan-21-2016 | Article

Wilmar International Limited Policy Progress Update with commentary by Glenn Hurowitz, "Environmental Leadership in a Time of Challenge"... Read More »

Dr. King's Antiwar Legacy

by William D. Hartung

The Huffington Post, Jan-18-2016 | Article

Celebrations of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often center on the universalist rhetoric of his "I Have a Dream" speech and its call for a nation in which the founding promise of equal treatment for all will be fulfilled; a world in which "justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a might stream... Read More »

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