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by Sarah Jolley, Hannah Poteete

Inkstick, Jun-15-2018 | Article

On May 13, just days after Trump announced the US would leave the Iran deal, Trump administration officials made the Sunday talk show rounds with one clear message: if European companies continue to do business with Iran, the US will slap them with sanctions... Read More »

Confidence in Government on National Security Matters: May 2018

by Ben Freeman

Lawfare, Jun-12-2018 | Article

In July, we began a polling project to measure public confidence in government institutions on national security matters on an ongoing basis. This post provides our data for the month of May... Read More »

The Future is African

by Salih Booker

Washington Post, Jun-07-2018 | Article

Beginning in 2035, the number of young people reaching working age in Africa will exceed that of the rest of the world combined, and will continue every year for the rest of the century... Read More »

Narcissus On The World Stage

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, Jun-04-2018 | Article

Narcissus? No, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. In fact, I don’t want to talk about Trump any more. Frankly, I don’t even want to hear about Trump any more. My outrage meter is broken... Read More »

The Difference a Hearing Makes: Public Awareness of and Confidence in Gina Haspel Increased After Her Senate Testimony

by Ben Freeman

Lawfare, May-31-2018 | Article

The fight over Gina Haspel’s nomination to be director of the CIA was one of the more politically controversial that has emerged in recent months. It raised complex questions of leadership and accountability and reopened discussion over this country’s use of harsh interrogation techniques that many have characterized as torture... Read More »

Sanctioned Russian Bank Wooed D.C. With Glitzy Parties and High-Powered Lobbyists

by Ben Freeman

Daily Beast, May-31-2018 | Article

From hiring ex-congressmen to hosting the Bolshoi Ballet, VTB tried hard to convince Washington to drop sanctions... Read More »


by William D. Hartung

Inkstick, May-29-2018 | Article

He may not know how or on what timeline, but I believe that Donald Trump truly does want to negotiate an end to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Why he wants to do it — whether to get a Nobel Prize or to be able to brag that he’s a better deal maker than Barack Obama — doesn’t matter... Read More »

A Major Win for Trump’s War Cabinet


Counterpunch, May-25-2018 | Article

President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to run away from a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should not be a surprise to anyone... Read More »

Regime change in Iran could cost the US trillions

by William D. Hartung

CNN, May-24-2018 | Article

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech this week on next steps in US policy toward Iran read more like a call to war than a carefully crafted foreign policy stance. So much so that the obvious next question is what it might cost if the Trump administration seeks to provoke regime change in Iran... Read More »

Deregulating firearms exports risks putting guns in the wrong hands

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, May-24-2018 | Article

The Trump administration just released a new rule that will make it easier for terrorists, tyrants, and criminal gangs to receive U.S.-supplied guns and ammunition... Read More »

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