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The financial imperative for war in Afghanistan

by Bill Goodfellow

NY Times, Jul-10-2016 | Letter

The July 7 editorial “A final commitment in Afghanistan” viewed the war in Afghanistan primarily in military terms. The main reason the U.S.-backed Afghan government has been losing is the rampant corruption that undermines public support for the government and fuels the insurgency. Since 2001, the United States has spent more than $110 billion on the reconstruction of Afghanistan, which, in current dollars, is more than we spent on the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II. This amount does not include the hundreds of billions the United States spent on the war in Afghanistan itself... Read More »

The Drug War and Mexico

by Laura Carlsen

The New York Times, Jan-25-2016 | Letter

Ioan Grillo’s conclusion that the United States (and American taxpayers) “should use its drug-war aid to push harder” for anti-corruption and judicial reforms is off base... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: U.S. Military Assistance

by William D. Hartung

NY Times, Oct-08-2015 | Letter

“U.S. Financing Fails to Sustain Foreign Forces” (front page, Oct. 4), about the routine failures of American foreign arms and training programs to meet their objectives, underscores the need for a move away from reliance on these programs as a central component of United States strategy.... Read More »

Ted Deutch's Path to War

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Sun Sentinel , Aug-07-2015 | Letter

If Congress forces the U.S. to walk away from the deal, the unlikely international coalition so carefully constructed by U.S. diplomats will collapse and there will be nothing holding back Iran from moving full speed ahead on its nuclear program... Read More »

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 »

The Greek Crisis

by Harry Blaney

Independent UK, Jun-23-2015 | Letter

The articles about the Greek crisis and the UK's future in Europe all point to the sad state of European leadership and a growing trajectory in the British government to cut ties with the EU and thus, in my view, with the world at large... Read More »

Struggle Goes Far Beyond the Eurozone — It is About Europe’s Unity and Security

by Harry Blaney

Financial Times, Jun-23-2015 | Letter

Does anyone in Europe know what they are doing to themselves? The basis for the euro and the EU should and must be, in the end, “one for all and all for one”... Read More »

Worrisome Disarray in Europe

by Harry Blaney

The New York Times, Jun-23-2015 | Letter

Challenges point to a failure of vision among Europe’s national leaders and their political parties... Read More »

More Aid for Nigeria?

by William D. Hartung

New York Times, Jun-02-2015 | Letter

The Obama administration should think twice before ramping up assistance to Nigeria’s security forces. Increasing military aid to an unreliable partner can often do more harm than good. Given its history of corruption and human rights abuses, it is extremely unlikely that the Nigerian military can make effective use of additional American aid... Read More »

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

by Bill Goodfellow

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 »

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CIP in the Press
  • RSPO Recertifies IOI Group, But NGOs Have Yet to See ‘Real Action on the Ground’

    CIP quoted

    Sustainable Brands, 08-09-16

    Less than five months after the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) suspended Malaysian palm oil producer IOI Group’s certification, that suspension has been lifted – much to the dismay of NGO campaigners. While the RSPO’s Complaints Panel has said it is “satisfied that IOI has met the conditions set out in its letter to IOI,” Greenpeace Indonesia and the Center for International Policy says they have yet to see any real action on the ground...Read More »

  • Think Tanks and their Corporate Funders: Who’s Selling What?

    Bill Goodfellow quoted

    Nonprofit Quarterly, 08-09-16

    The article concedes that much of Brookings’ work appears unconnected, at least on the surface, to corporate interests. Still, as Bill Goodfellow, the executive director of the Center for International Policy, another think tank, said, “People think of think tanks as do-gooders, uncompromised and not bought like others in the political class. But it’s absurd to suggest that donors don’t have influence. The danger is we in the think tank world are being corrupted in the same way as the political world. And all of us should be worried about it.”—Ruth McCambridge...Read More »

  • Thousands of Pages of Confidential Think Tank Documents Detail Corporate Ties

    Bill Goodfellow quoted

    DESMOG, 08-09-16

    “People think of think tanks as do-gooders, uncompromised and not bought like others in the political class,” Bill Goodfellow, executive director of one think tank, the Center for International Policy, told The New York Times. “The danger is we in the think tank world are being corrupted in the same way as the political world. And all of us should be worried about it.”...Read More »