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The financial imperative for war in Afghanistan

by Bill Goodfellow

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

by Bill Goodfellow

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

by Bill Goodfellow

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 »

Letter to the Director of the National Protection Unit of Colombia's Interior Ministry

by Bill Goodfellow

March 2015 | Letter

CIP joins numerous other organizations and individuals in calling on Colombia's ministry of the interior to address the serious security issues faced by activists in Colombia... Read More »

The Needed Negotiations with the Taliban

by Bill Goodfellow

The Washington Post, June 2013 | Letter

In a Letter to the Editor, Goodfellow stresses the need for a negotiated political settlement in Afghanistan... Read More »

25 Years: Bill Goodfellow Reflects on the Esquipulas II Accords

by Bill Goodfellow

August 2012 |

Listen as CIP's executive director, Bill Goodfellow reflects on Central America's peace processes 25 years after the signing of the Esquipulas II Accords in a Podcast with Adam Isacson... Read More »

For Gaddafi, a Home in St. Helena

by Bill Goodfellow

The Washington Post, June 2011 | Article

The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Gaddafi and his son Saif al-Islam, who certainly belong in The Hague — but at what cost?... Read More »

U.S. policy props up Cuba's autocracy

by Bill Goodfellow

St. Petersburg Times, March 2011 | Article

Cuba's conviction of Alan Gross for subversive activities underscores the absurdity of U.S. policy toward the island.... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: USIP: Worth having, Worth Funding

by Bill Goodfellow

The Washington Post, March 2011 | Letter

If Colman McCarthy would like to make the U.S. Institute of Peace more effective, he should initiate a campaign ... Read More »

Where Our Defense Money Goes

by Bill Goodfellow, Bob Edgar

Boston Globe, August 2009 | Letter

BY THREATENING to veto the defense appropriations bill if it included money for more F-22 stealth fighter planes, President Obama signaled that he was going to put an end to the way business has been done in Washington. We applaud the president’s announcement, but so far it is more symbolic than real... Read More »

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