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Pentagon will finally find out if it pays to assist foreign armies

by Diana Ohlbaum

The Hill, January 2017 |

Since 9/11, the U.S. government has spent more than $250 billion to strengthen the security forces of over 130 countries. Yet there is remarkably little information about what is working, how and why... Read More »

5 things the Trump team needs to know about foreign aid

by Diana Ohlbaum

The Hill, December 2016 |

As President-elect Donald Trump's transition teams arrive at the Department of State and other foreign policy agencies, they are no doubt being inundated with briefing papers and policy recommendations... Read More »

How are we going to respond to a Trump presidency?

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Center for International Policy, December 2016 | Press Release, Letter

There is no denying that the recent election results will make our work a lot more difficult. So much of what we have accomplished is now at risk. With both the House and Senate controlled by Republicans, and soon the Supreme Court as well, the Trump administration seems poised to run roughshod over progressives... Read More »

How we can heal after the 2016 election

by Diana Ohlbaum

The Hill, November 2016 |

When I consider the possibility of Republican nominee Donald Trump as our next president, I feel nausea, disbelief, shame, outrage, terror, panic.... Read More »

Eight Lessons from Afghanistan

by Diana Ohlbaum

Lobelog, October 2016 |

Although President Obama slowed the drawdown in U.S. troops from Afghanistan, vowing to keep 8,400 troops there until the end of his term, the next president faces a major policy decision: will maintaining or enlarging the American military presence improve Afghanistan’s prospects for long-term stability? Equally important, do the probable gains of a continued deployment outweigh the anticipated risks and costs?... Read More »

Donald Trump, here's the 'extreme vetting' that's already happening

by Diana Ohlbaum

The Hill, September 2016 |

It’s hard to know where to start with GOP nominee Donald Trump's proposal for "extreme vetting" of prospective entrants into the United States. The odious nature of demanding adherence to a particular set of views in order to gain admission to a country founded on freedom of speech? The impossibility of determining a person's innermost beliefs and private opinions? The irony that Trump would be unlikely to pass his own tests of rejecting bigotry and hatred, and demonstrating respect for gay people, women and minorities?... Read More »

Wars eventually end with negotiated settlements

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August 2016 | Press Release

The announcement that the Colombian government and the FARC revolutionaries have reached a deal to end that country’s 52-year-old civil war is a reminder that all wars, however intractable they may seem at the time, eventually end with negotiated settlements. An estimated 220,000 people died in Colombia’s civil war and over five million were displaced. ... Read More »

The financial imperative for war in Afghanistan

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NY Times, July 2016 | Letter

The July 7 editorial “A final commitment in Afghanistan” viewed the war in Afghanistan primarily in military terms. The main reason the U.S.-backed Afghan government has been losing is the rampant corruption that undermines public support for the government and fuels the insurgency. Since 2001, the United States has spent more than $110 billion on the reconstruction of Afghanistan, which, in current dollars, is more than we spent on the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II. This amount does not include the hundreds of billions the United States spent on the war in Afghanistan itself... Read More »

Op-ed: 'Iraq syndrome' will limit new president's options

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Philly.com, March 2016 | Article

'Iraq syndrome' will limit new president's options. The populist presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have been fueled by deep disillusionment. A stark rift has opened between the two candidates and the two parties... Read More »

Civil Society Organizations Call for an End to Aerial Spraying in Colombia

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May 2015 | Letter

CIP joins over 20 other organizations in support of an end to the inhumane and damaging aerial spraying program in Colombia... Read More »

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