MELVIN GOODMAN

Former CIA Analyst, Whistleblower

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Melvin A. Goodman is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC, and an adjunct professor of international relations at Johns Hopkins University.  His 42-year government career included tours at the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense’s National War College, where he was a professor of international security.  His books on international security include “A Whistleblower at the CIA: The Path of Dissent;” “National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism;” “Bush League Diplomacy: How the Neoconservatives are Putting the World at Risk;” “The Wars of Eduard Shevardnadze;”  “The Phantom Defense: America’s Pursuit of the Star Wars Illusion;” “The End of Superpower Conflict in the Third World,” and “Gorbachev’s Retreat: The Third World.”

He has written numerous articles and opeds that have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, Foreign Policy; Harper’s Magazine; the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists; and the Foreign Service Journal.  His TV appearances include the PBS Newshour; the Amy Goodman Show; NBC; and CBS.  He has lectured at college campuses all over the country as well as to numerous chapters of the World Affairs Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, and various veteran organizations.  In 1991, he testified before the Senate intelligence committee in order to block the confirmation of Robert M. Gates as director of the CIA.

Recent Publications

American Carnage: The Wars of Donald Trump

American Carnage: The Wars of Donald Trump provides the first assessment of the Trump administration’s damage to American governance. The book is not concerned with the investigations of Robert Mueller; the illegal payoffs to the president’s paramours; or the corruption of the Trump family. Instead, it identifies efforts to politicize the military and intelligence communities; the efforts to undermine and degrade essential departments and agencies; and the attacks on science and regulation. The final chapter suggests what is needed to be done to reverse the damage and correct the political process.

By Melvin Goodman

May-28-2019

Events

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Mel is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington D.C. and an adjunct professor of International relations at Johns Hopkins University. He served as a senior analyst and division chief at the CIA from 1966 to 1990. An expert on U.S. relations with Russia, his work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper's and many others. Mel has written nine books on U.S. intelligence and international security. His most recent book is American Carnage: The Wars of Donald Trump.

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Trump’s war on whistleblowers

Oct-2-2019

For the past three years, we have witnessed Mr. Trump’s wars on governance, science, national security policy and public service. For the past several days, we have witnessed a new war — a war on whistleblowers that will make it particularly difficult for others to come forward in the future.

by Melvin Goodman

Senior Fellows

James Comey, Whistleblower

Sept-02-2019

Although Comey believed he was acting in the best interests of the nation on both occasions, there is no argument that Comey did violate the FBI’s internal regulations. On both occasions, he was calling attention to illegal and possibly criminal behavior by Clinton and Trump.

by Melvin Goodman

Senior Fellows

The Last of the Adults on Trump’s National Security Team

Aug-02-2019

The danger of politicization of intelligence has never been greater. We have civilian deference to the military community; unprecedented bipartisan support for bloated defense budgets; weak congressional oversight; and an “American First” strategy that has isolated the United States in many areas of the international arena.

By Melvin A. Goodman

Senior Fellows

Letter to the Editor: Loyalist intelligence directors are a liability

July-30-2019

"The Casey example is an important reminder of the danger of appointing a loyalist such as Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Tex.) to be director of national intelligence."

By Melvin A. Goodman

Senior Fellows

The U.S.-Iran Imbroglio: Dangerous Lessons To Be Learned

Jun-26-2019

The bizarre decisions and events over a 48-hour period between the United States and Iran outlined the dangerous times that we are confronting and point to Donald Trump as the most dangerous aspect of all...

by Melvin Goodman

Senior Fellows

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