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Regime change in Iran could cost the US trillions

by William D. Hartung

CNN, May-24-2018 | Article

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech this week on next steps in US policy toward Iran read more like a call to war than a carefully crafted foreign policy stance. So much so that the obvious next question is what it might cost if the Trump administration seeks to provoke regime change in Iran... Read More »

Deregulating firearms exports risks putting guns in the wrong hands

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, May-24-2018 | Article

The Trump administration just released a new rule that will make it easier for terrorists, tyrants, and criminal gangs to receive U.S.-supplied guns and ammunition... Read More »

Diplomacy With North Korea Is Not Dead

by Win Without War

Common Dreams, May-24-2018 | Press Release

“It’s disappointing that Donald Trump has canceled the upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It’s also not entirely surprising, given the Trump administration’s incompetence, mixed signals about its intentions, and complete lack of preparation."... Read More »

The Saudi Lobby’s Scheme to Destroy the Iran Deal

by Ben Freeman, William D. Hartung

The American Conservative , May-23-2018 | Article

They gave Obama their tepid approval, then poured millions into a three-year campaign to kill it—and won... Read More »

Do we really need $716 billion for the Pentagon?

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, May-19-2018 | Article

As Congress continues its consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2019, there is one question that is not being asked: Do we really need $716 billion to defend the United States? ... Read More »

Trump Admin. Continues Spike in Counterterrorism Aid to Africa

by Security Assistance Monitor

Security Assistance Monitor, May-16-2018 | Press Release

U.S. Counterterrorism Aid Globally Increasingly Focused on Foreign Militaries, Border Security, and Anti-Radicalization... Read More »

BlackRock: Funding War, Preaching Social Responsibility

by William D. Hartung

Medium, May-11-2018 | Article

With $5 trillion in assets under its control, BlackRock is the largest corporation of its kind in the world. In recent years the company has been seeking to burnish its image by urging the companies it funds to take into account the concerns of the communities in which they operate, including showing leadership on “environmental, social and governance matters.” ... Read More »

MILITARY READINESS COMES SECOND IN CONGRESS

by William D. Hartung

Inkstick, May-10-2018 | Article

Report shows lawmakers cater to contractors, not the troops... Read More »

How the Saudis Wooed Donald Trump

by Ben Freeman, William D. Hartung

The Nation, May-10-2018 | Article

All it took was flattery, arms, and a little bit of cash... Read More »

Confidence in Government on National Security Matters: April 2018

by Ben Freeman

Lawfare, May-09-2018 | 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 April... Read More »

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