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July 22, 2021
Tom Barrack's arrest spotlights UAE's role in shaping Trump's foreign policy
Ben Freeman quoted
Our Ben Freeman, Director of FITI, was quoted extensively in this article about UAE's role in shaping Trump's foreign policy. "It pains me to admit it a little bit, but the UAE was fantastically successful in moving Trump to their side. It's hard to find an issue during the Trump administration that the UAE was pushing for that they weren't at least partially successful in accomplishing."
July 20, 2021
U.S. Far Outpaces China in Military Spending
"The best approach for assuring U.S. and global security is for the U.S. and China is to cooperate on urgent challenges like curbing climate change. America should nurture its own domestic economy, infrastructure, and technology base—not necessarily as a “competition” with China, but because it is valuable in its own right."
July 20, 2021
China's role in promoting peace hailed
William Hartung quoted
"Cooperation with China on issues like climate change and preventing pandemics should take precedence over spinning out war scenarios or preparing for a military confrontation. The overwhelming emphasis on Beijing as the ultimate threat to the United States is misguided and is more likely to undermine US security than it is to enhance it."
July 14, 2021
Bombast in the Black Sea: the Latest British Provocation
by CIP Senior Fellow Melvin Goodman
There is a Russian folk saying: “don’t try to skin the Russian bear before it is dead.” This is exactly what Britain did when it sent the destroyer H.M.S. Defender into the Black Sea to challenge the Russian incorporation of Crimea. Instead of military confrontation, the West should simply fail to recognize the incorporation, which is what NATO did throughout the Cold War vis-a-vis the incorporation of the Baltics into the Soviet Union.
July 13, 2021
Lobbying For Lives During the Pandemic
by Aditi Bawa
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated just how wide the gaps are between the haves and the have nots. Countries that could mobilize resources designed effective responses, while others that were not equipped continue to struggle. As of June 2021, fewer than 1 in 500 people in the 29 lowest income countries have received vaccinations, as compared to 1 in 2 in the United States. But the vaccine gap isn’t the only inequity we should be paying attention to: There’s also a lobbying gap.
July 11, 2021
Biden’s $1.3 Trillion ‘National Security’ Budget Won’t Make Us Safer - Eurasia Review
co-authored by William D. Hartung
Developments of the past year and a half — an ongoing pandemic, an intensifying mega-drought, white supremacy activities, and racial and economic injustice among them — should have underscored that the greatest threats to American lives are anything but military in nature. But no matter, the Biden administration has decided to double down on military spending as the primary pillar of what still passes for American security policy.
July 21, 2021
If Biden can’t stand up to Saudi Arabia, then Congress should
Given the ongoing suffering caused by the war, Yemen can’t wait any longer for immediate, forceful U.S. action to end the war. If the Biden administration won’t act promptly, Congress should.
July 20, 2021
Afghanistan: Goodbye for Good to a War That Shouldn’t Have Been Fought
Our Danny Sjursen takes aim at powerful Washingtonian hawks who are trying to push the U.S. back for a third time into Afghanistan.
July 19, 2021
The US must stop supporting ‘forever presidents’ in Africa
Despite aid and other commitments, democracy is backsliding among some key US-partners. Though the actions on January 6th in the U.S. Capitol highlighted the U.S.’s continued struggles with democracy at home, the United States can still be a champion for democracy abroad while mending its own democratic rift at home. To revitalize democracy in the 21st century, pressure must be put on authoritarians and forever presidents who seek to undermine democracy.
July 14, 2021
Washington’s Weaponization of Protests in Cuba Takes Its Regime Change Efforts to New Heights of Hypocrisy
The Associated Press, for instance, attributed the outbreak of protests [in Cuba] directly to “food shortages and high prices amid the coronavirus crisis”. These are exactly the kind of problems that are attributable directly to the blockade. The Center for International Policy, a Washington-based NGO, has pointed out that the blockade has “created a situation of scarcity and uncertainty that has affected all aspects of Cuban society”.
July 12, 2021
Is Canada’s first proposed foreign influence legislation ruthless or toothless?
by Tarun Krishnakumar
As the world continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19, Canadian security services have flagged a pandemic of a different kind: that of hostile states conducting malign influence and interference campaigns targeting individuals and institutions on Canadian soil.
July 9, 2021
Paying to play in Washington: winners, losers and suckers
Ben Freeman interviewed
Our Ben Freeman sits down with the Crashing the War podcast to discuss "how Washington think tanks — particularly foreign policy and national security institutions — are taking hundreds of millions of dollars from the government, foreign countries, and the defense industry."