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Clinton Should Say More About Syria

by Michelle Dixon

U.S.NEWS, October 2016 |

One of the biggest foreign policy challenges the next president will face is what the United States should do about Syria. By now, we all know the carnage a devastating war has brought to all sides of the conflict and the civilian population there. In addition to the security threat from the so-called Islamic State group, more than 400,000 people have been killed, 9 million have been displaced because of the war, and nearly 5 million of those have fled Syria all together – going mostly to nearby Turkey, Jordan or Lebanon... Read More »

Zika Messaging

by Jeff Blum

September 2016 | Letter

Resources dedicated to fight the spread of the Zika are running low. Congress should put partisan politics aside and provide funding to combat the virus. Because Zika primarily threatens pregnant women, sound family planning policies must be a central part of combating this virus.... Read More »

Refugee Messaging

by Jeff Blum

September 2016 | Letter

We must raise awareness that women and girls fleeing violence and economic hardship are vulnerable to sexual exploitation, violence and abuse; and we must do more to increase options for assistance. ... Read More »

IAVA Forum Messaging

by Jeff Blum

September 2016 | Letter

As some of you probably already know IAVA and NBC are hosting a candidate forum on veterans issues and national security with Hillary and Donald tonight at 8PM ET. This is a great opportunity for us to promote our series of candidate questions. Find sample tweets and questions here. ... Read More »

Climate change is a refugee issue too

by Jeff Blum

The Hill, September 2016 |

According to the UN Refugee Agency, more than 60 million people worldwide are currently displaced, with 54 percent of the world’s 21 million refugees coming from just three countries: Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia... Read More »

Israel Gives Up Little to Get Largest Ever U.S. Arms Deal

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LobeLog, September 2016 |

After pushing off negotiations until the Iran deal concluded, Netanyahu has “settled” for the largest military aid package to any country in the history of U.S. security assistance. The deal will provide Israel $38 billion over ten years starting in 2019. Although the record deal does contain some significant Israeli concessions compared to the last agreement, little is likely to change... Read More »

The Lies of John McCain

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Huffington Post, June 2016 |

In a disgusting moment of ‘straight talk’ from Senator John McCain (R-AZ) this week, the former Republican Presidential nominee claimed that President Obama was “directly responsible” for the violent and deadly carnage at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The senior Senator from Arizona quickly backtracked, offering a Washington-style apology in which he clarified that he “misspoke” and didn’t mean to imply that President Obama was “personally” responsible, simply that it was his policies that led to the death of 49 people and the wounding of another 53... Read More »

We Can't Bomb Our Way to Peace

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USA Today, June 2015 | Article

It is painfully clear that there is no U.S. military solution to the deepening crisis in Iraq. Deploying 450 more American servicemembers — in addition to the 3,000 already there — will not bring peace to Iraq nor heal the bitter sectarian divide fueling the conflict... Read More »

Arms Industry Ramps Up Lobbying Efforts As Budget Battles Continue

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, June 2015 | Article

Nearly four years after budget caps imposed by Congress began to modestly rein in runaway spending at the Pentagon, the sky hasn't fallen. In fact, none of the dire predictions of Pentagon contractors - from mass layoffs to a collapse of the U.S. military - have come true. Instead, weapons makers' profits have soared, employment has increased nationwide, and Congress is busily cooking up budget gimmicks to violate its own spending caps and return to record spending levels... Read More »

Yemen Campaign Tests U.S. Military Aid Policy

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LobeLog, April 2015 | Article

As Yemen remains embroiled in conflict, the US policy to build partner capacity is being challenged. The United States cannot stop foreign countries from conducting their own foreign policy, even those receiving U.S. weapons. The airstrikes have killed innocent civilians and further destabilized a country, heightened the regional proxy war and strengthened AQAP’s hand. No easy solution exists in Yemen. However, as Operation Decisive Storm is demonstrating, building partner capacity can potentially cause as many problems as it hoped to eliminate... Read More »

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