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Trump Trashes Diplomacy, Opens Path To War With Iran

by William D. Hartung

Lobe Log, May-09-2018 | Article

President Trump’s decision to violate and withdraw from the Iran anti-nuclear deal is one of the most dangerous foreign policy blunders in recent memory, setting the stage for a war that one analyst has noted could “make the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts look like a walk in the park.”... Read More »

The CIA’s Big Lie for Gina Haspel

by Laura Carlsen

Counterpunch, May-03-2018 | Article

The Central Intelligence Agency is rolling out the “big lie” on Capital Hill in order to gain confirmation for Gina Haspel as its director... Read More »

The Inter-Korean Summit Declaration of April 27, 2018: a review in detail

by Charles Knight

May-03-2018 | Report

The April 27, 2018 Inter-Korean Summit was a visibly cordial, even happy, event. At its conclusion, North and South Korea released a Declaration of Peace, Prosperity and Unification... Read More »

Ready to Profit: Corporate Beneficiaries of Congressional Add-Ons to the FY 2018 Pentagon Budget

by William D. Hartung

May-02-2018 | Report

The final Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the Pentagon and related spending -- on programs like work on nuclear warheads at the Department of Energy -- totaled $700 billion, tens of billions of dollars more than the Trump administration’s proposal... Read More »

White House Joins Netanyahu In Making Case For Iran Deal

by Ben Armbruster

Lobe Log, May-01-2018 | Article

Something remarkable happened last night regarding the Iran nuclear agreement. Despite Donald Trump’s years-long uninformed noise about how terrible the deal supposedly is, the White House inadvertently justified its existence... Read More »

The Attacks on James Comey

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Counterpunch, Apr-30-2018 | Article

Now the liberals are attacking James Comey and his important book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership. MSNBC’s Ari Melber and The New York Times’ oped writers, Charles Blow and Frank Bruni, have made outrageous attacks on Comey and his book in the past several weeks... Read More »

Searching for a good approach to Syria

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Washington Post, Apr-23-2018 | Letter

As reported in the April 18 news article “Saudi Arabia says it’s open to sending troops to Syria as U.S. draws down,” we have yet to find a good approach to Syria... Read More »

Thornberry’s Pentagon-Reform Plan to Nowhere

by William D. Hartung

Defense One, Apr-22-2018 | Article

It's pitched as a way to cut waste — but would make the misallocation of our tax dollars more likely... Read More »

Trump’s arms sales policy puts contractors above common sense

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, Apr-19-2018 | Article

In a move that poses grave risks to U.S. security, the Trump administration’s newly released conventional arms transfer policy will put jobs and the interests of arms manufacturers ahead of safety, security, and human rights in its decisions on who the United States should arm... Read More »

How War and Weapons Trading Are Fueling the Global Refugee Crisis

by William D. Hartung

Lobe Log, Apr-17-2018 | Article

Few would argue that the world faces a refugee crisis, but not nearly enough is being done to prevent the creation of new refugees or to help those already displaced from their homes... Read More »

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CIP in the Press
  • The NRA And The Gun Industry Go Global With Trump

    Security Assistance Monitor quoted

    The National Memo, 08-15-18

    American weapons makers have dominated the global arms trade for decades. In any given year, they’ve accounted for somewhere between one-third and more than one-half the value of all international weapons sales. It’s hard to imagine things getting much worse — or better, if you happen to be an arms trader — but they could, and soon, if a new Trump rule on firearms exports goes through...Read More »

  • The Defense Spending Bill Is an Abomination

    William D. Hartung quoted

    Esquire, 08-14-18

    And not because Trump didn't say John McCain's name...Read More »

  • Press Release: CIP’s Foreign Influence Transparency Proposal Becomes Law

    Ben Freeman

    08-13-18

    Today the President signed into law the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill includes provisions from the Countering Foreign Propaganda Act, first introduced by Representatives Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY), which the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative (FITI) at the Center for International Policy helped to craft and loudly supported....Read More »