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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 Ari Rickman, 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

by Melvin A. Goodman

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

by Harry Blaney

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 »

Trump’s Wag The Dog Strategy On Syria Helps No One – Not Even Himself

by William D. Hartung

Lobe Log, Apr-14-2018 | Article

After a few days of threatening tweets and tough guy rhetoric, Donald Trump went ahead and instructed the U.S. military to bomb Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack on civilians there that has been widely attributed to the Assad regime... Read More »

Trump’s First Big Test: a Crisis for All of Us

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counterpunch, Apr-13-2018 | Article

The current crisis in Syria provides Donald Trump with his first genuine test as president and commander-in-chief. On the basis of his first fifteen months in the White House, there is no reason to believe that he is equipped to manage a complex geopolitical and military situation that involves a failed Arab state as well as the military and political interests of many non-Arab states such as Russia, Iran, Turkey, and Israel in addition to the United States... Read More »

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