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Tomgram: William Hartung, How the Military-Industrial Complex Preys on the Troops

by William D. Hartung

Tom Dispatch, October 2017 | Article

I’m sure you’ve heard about the $65 million. Or was it $86 million? Or was it even more? You know, the funds the Pentagon sunk into that hotshot plane it was preparing for its Afghan drug interdiction program. You haven’t? ... Read More »

Sanders Outlines Vision of a Progressive U.S. Foreign Policy

by William D. Hartung

Americas Program, September 2017 |

During the 2016 presidential campaign, progressives who work on U.S. foreign policy issues had high hopes that Bernie Sanders would provide a sharp counterpoint to the hawkish views of Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump... Read More »

The Wrong Diagnosis on Defense

by William D. Hartung

US News & World Report, September 2017 |

Contrary to the rhetoric emanating from Capitol Hill, the Pentagon is not underfunded, and a lack of funds is not what has caused recent, tragic accidents that have cost the lives of U.S. military personnel... Read More »

U.S. Arms and Training Fuel UAE’s War in Yemen

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, September 2017 |

Discussions about the war in Yemen in the media and on Capitol Hill generally focus on the role of the Saudi-led bombing campaign, which has killed thousands of civilians while targeting hospitals, marketplaces, and even a funeral... Read More »

Trump's UN speech is Bush's 'axis of evil' on steroids

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, September 2017 |

When U.S. presidents blame all the world’s troubles on a handful of “rogue” regimes, bad things happen... Read More »

Loving USAID to Death

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, September 2017 |

For those who recall the relentless attacks on the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, the recent outpouring of support for the institution and its mission is simply stunning... Read More »

And the Foreign Affairs Reorganization Fight Is On!

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, August 2017 |

Buffeted by a double whammy of restructuring proposals—one from the White House recommending a transfer of the State Department’s Population, Refugees, and Migration Bureau (PRM) to the Department of Homeland Security, another from development experts recommending a merger of PRM’s programs into the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)—the heavyweights are striking back... Read More »

Why diplomacy with North Korea works better than ‘fire and fury’

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, August 2017 |

President Trump’s statement that North Korea will face “fire and fury” “like the world has never seen” if it continues to make threats against the United States is reckless and alarming... Read More »

A Bevy of Good Ideas on Foreign Aid Reform….If Anyone’s Listening

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, August 2017 |

There are lots of difficult problems with no good solutions. Foreign aid isn’t one of them... Read More »

Where is the Opening for Aid Reform?

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, August 2017 |

It’s hard to reconcile the optimism of the development community with the signals coming from the Trump administration... Read More »

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