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U.S. Arms Transfers to Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen

U.S. Arms Transfers to Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen

by William D. Hartung

Dec-01-2016 | Policy Brief

This issue brief provides information on the amounts and types of U.S.-supplied equipment in the Saudi arsenal, with a focus on air and ground forces. Much of this equipment has been put to use in the war in Yemen.... Read More »

Country Profile: U.S. Security Assistance to Tunisia

Country Profile: U.S. Security Assistance to Tunisia

by Colby Goodman, Seth Binder, Project on Middle East Democracy

Apr-21-2015 | Policy Brief

Tunisia is widely credited with initiating the wave of revolutions that swept the Arab world in 2011. Following the ouster of former President Ben Ali, the country navigated an extremely difficult political transition that culminated in the formation of a democratically elected government under a new constitution in December 2014... Read More »

Fighting for Peace: The Tricky Business of Using Greater Force in UN Peace Operations

Fighting for Peace: The Tricky Business of Using Greater Force in UN Peace Operations

by Nicole Ball

Mar-04-2015 | Policy Brief

The increased political willingness by UN member states to authorise the use of force has developed well ahead of their risk tolerance and matching capabilities... Read More »

Lessons from Burundi's Security Sector Reform Process

Lessons from Burundi's Security Sector Reform Process

by Nicole Ball

Nov-17-2014 | Policy Brief

Security sector reform (SSR) is increasingly put forward as a solution for a broad spectrum of African states facing security challenges. Yet, for a variety of reasons, there are relatively few examples of successful SSR implementation... Read More »

The Littoral Combat Ship: The Warship  That Can’t Go to War

The Littoral Combat Ship: The Warship That Can’t Go to War

by Jacob Marx

Aug-26-2014 | Policy Brief

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is the Navy’s response to perceived changes in naval warfare and falling budgets. In theory, the LCS is a multifaceted and cost-effective answer to these requirements. In reality, the LCS is an overpriced, underperforming vessel that does not meet current needs and is a bad deal for taxpayers... Read More »

Changing Perspectives on U.S.-Mexico Relations

Changing Perspectives on U.S.-Mexico Relations

by Tom Barry

May-01-2013 | Policy Brief

Tom Barry offers policy recommendations for the meeting between Presidents Barack Obama and Enrique Peña Nieto... Read More »

Pentagon Base Budget to Get Bigger Share in 2013

Pentagon Base Budget to Get Bigger Share in 2013

by Carl Conetta

Mar-23-2012 | Policy Brief

A comparison of discretionary spending in 2008 and 2013 shows an increased tilt toward the “Security Basket” and National Defense... Read More »

Talking About Military Spending and the Pentagon Budget -- Fiscal Year 2013 (And Beyond)

Talking About Military Spending and the Pentagon Budget -- Fiscal Year 2013 (And Beyond)

by Carl Conetta, Christopher Hellman

Feb-08-2012 | Policy Brief

A Q&A format report that addresses central issues related tot he 2013 defense budget and deficit reduction debate... Read More »

Military Spending: A Poor Job Creator

Military Spending: A Poor Job Creator

by William D. Hartung

Jan-17-2012 | Policy Brief

Plans for cutting the federal deficit have raised an important question: what impact would military spending reductions have on jobs? This fact sheet is an update with new numbers from 2011 for U.S. employment effects of military and domestic spending. ... Read More »

Tools of Influence: The Arms Lobby and the Super Committee

Tools of Influence: The Arms Lobby and the Super Committee

by William D. Hartung

Oct-31-2011 | Policy Brief

In this policy brief, William D. Hartung explores the mutually beneficial and close ties between the arms lobby and super committee members. ... Read More »

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