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Who's Going to Get Rich Fighting the Islamic State?

by William D. Hartung

Foreign Policy, Oct-27-2014 | Article

Obama's small war means big profits - and little oversight - for defense contractors and hired guns... Read More »

The Mass Shooting in Mexico

by Laura Carlsen

Foreign Policy in Focus, Oct-24-2014 | Article

The murder and disappearance of students from Ayotzinapa is raising questions once again about the complicity of law enforcement and public officials in Mexico's drug wars... Read More »

Stop Saying the Pentagon Can’t Pay for Our Wars

by Stephen Miles, Ethan Rosenkranz, Erica Fein

Defense One, Oct-15-2014 | Article

Recent flare-ups around the world have Washington politicians and their sympathizers predictably sounding the alarm bells over sequestration and calling for an increase in the Pentagon’s budget. Dire warnings by credible and powerful voices deserve to be taken seriously. Yet, a closer look reveals that the Pentagon has plenty of money sitting around with which to fund new contingencies... Read More »

Afghanistan's Ongoing Nightmare

by Matthew Hoh

U.S. News & World Report, Jul-11-2014 | Article

A messy presidential election is just the latest proof that America's campaign in Afghanistan failed... Read More »

CIP and Others Express Concern and Urge Congressional Leadership Regarding Counter Terrorism Partners

by CIP

Jun-17-2014 | Letter

CIP joins 16 other organizations in calling on Congress to not authorize the President's CTPF or the FY2015 NDAA... Read More »

Mexico’s Oil Privatization: Risky Business

by Laura Carlsen

Foreign Policy in Focus, May-27-2014 | Article

Mexico's oil privatization scheme will hurt the environment, scar the landscape, and leave Mexico at the mercy of transnational firms... Read More »

House Bill Is Good News for Pentagon Contractors

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, May-12-2014 | Article

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) put its mark on the Pentagon budget last week. The results were a bonanza for weapons contractors... Read More »

EU-Africa Summit: The sore case of illicit Financial Flows

by Christian Freymeyer

The Africa Report, Apr-02-2014 | Article

True beneficial ownership transparency, including public registers, is vital to help realize more sustainable economies in Africa and Europe alike... Read More »

Get Rid of the Pentagon's Slush Fund

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Apr-01-2014 | Article

President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel are to be commended for their recent proposal to keep the FY2015 Pentagon budget within the caps established in law... Read More »

Obama’s Arms Sales Policy: Promotion or Restraint?

by William D. Hartung

Foreign Policy in Focus, Feb-06-2014 | Article

The United States is far and away the world’s leading arms trafficking nation, with $60 billion in arms transfer agreements last year alone... Read More »

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