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Local Nigerian Community Reacts To President’s Recent Travel Ban

Temi Ibirogba interviewed

Feb-12-2020

Africa Program

The Trump administration added six additional countries to its widely controversial travel ban. Among the countries included is Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country. This executive order won’t take effect until February 22 but many within the Nigerian community are worried. Nigeria’s top diplomat was “somewhat blindsided” by the ban. While he works with American officials to lift visa restrictions, many wonder what the fallout of these restrictions will be.

The International Pressure to Prosecute Sudan's al-Bashir

Salih Booker interviewed

Feb-11-2020

Africa Program

Sudan's former president is one step closer to prosecution for the egregious war crimes he allegedly committed. During Omar al-Bashir’s 30 years in power, Sudan descended into civil war. Now, as the country’s transitional government conducts peace talks with rebel leaders, it has agreed to send Bashir to trial. Amna Nawaz gets analysis from Salih Booker of the Center for International Policy.

The Wall Isn't The Only Thing That Shouldn't Be In the Pentagon Budget

by William Hartung

Jan-23-2020

Arms & Security Program

President Trump is at it again, moving to divert an additional $7.2 billion from the Pentagon budget to pay for “the wall.” This is being done despite the fact that there is no security threat on the U.S.-Mexico border, just a humanitarian crisis that has been made dramatically worse by the draconian policies of the Trump administration.

The Media and the Military Mindset

by Melvin Goodman

Jan-22-2020

Senior Fellows

The United States is largely in an arms race with itself, but the media typically ignore bloated defense spending.

Iran Must Not Sidetrack Defense Spending Debate

co-authored by William Hartung

Jan-22-2020

Arms & Security Program

Despite hopes to the contrary, the $738 billion Pentagon spending bill that sailed through Congress in December missed a number of key opportunities to make America and the world safer. And now the threat of war with Iran could derail serious discussion about how much we actually need to defend the country.

Is Mohammed bin Zayed a Bad Influence On U.S. Foreign Policy

by William Hartung

Jan-16-2020

Arms & Security Program

President's Inbox: Should the United States Spend Less on Defense

William Hartung Interviewed

Jan-15-2020

Arms & Security Program

Bill, who favors cutting defense spending, estimates that perhaps $30 billion of the defense budget falls into the waste, fraud, and abuse category. That’s a lot of money in absolute terms, but just 4 percent in relative terms. Wringing inefficiencies out of the defense budget, though, is easier said than done.

Pompeo Says U.S. 'Got it Right' By Killing Soleimani as Iran Vows 'Harsh Revenge

William Hartung quoted

Jan-7-2020

Arms & Security Program

“I think people need to think about what is at stake here and how bad it could get if we don’t step back from the brink and think of some diplomatic approaches and not just tit-for-tat military strikes,” he said, adding that a war with Iran would be “even more challenging than the war with Iraq.”

Don't Use the Iran Crisis As An Excuse to Boost Pentagon Spending

by William Hartung

Jan-7-2020

Arms & Security Program

From the Pentagon to Wall Street, the crisis between the United States and Iran is already – predictably – being cited as a rationale for increasing the Pentagon budget. Issue No. 1 should be doing everything in our power to head off another Mideast war. But along the way we should also make sure that the current situation is not exploited to underwrite an across-the-board increase in tax dollars for a department that is already substantially overfunded.

Letter to the Editor: Fears of War After Killing of Iranian General

by William Hartung

Jan-3-2020

Arms & Security Program

Rather than stepping back from an escalating spiral of attack and counterattack, the Trump administration killed General Suleimani, a move that has dramatically increased the prospects of a full-scale conflict that could cost trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives.

Congress, Public Should Stop Trump's Reckless Surge Towards War With Iran

by William Hartung

Jan-3-2020

Arms & Security Program

President Trump’s decision to kill one of Iran’s top military officials, Qassim Suleimani, has brought the United States dangerously close to war with Iran. The situation should never have reached this point.

Does Trump’s Foreign Policy Make Sense?

by William Hartung

Dec-20-2019

Arms & Security Project

It’s the season for year-end reviews, and no topic deserves greater attention than Donald Trump’s erratic and dangerous foreign policy. Thankfully, John Glaser, Christopher Preble, and Trevor Thrall of the Cato Institute have produced a new book that is just what the doctor ordered. As a bonus, it goes beyond an analysis of this year’s fights and follies to the beginning of the Trump administration, and beyond that to the key indicators of Trump’s foreign policy views that predate his brief time as Commander-in-Chief.

Lessons From Battling the Pentagon for Four Decades

by William Hartung

Dec-15-2019

Arms & Security Project

The political fear of losing elections by being seen as either “soft” on defense or unconcerned about the fate of military-industrial jobs in one’s home state or district made many Democrats view taking on the Pentagon as the true “third rail” of American politics. And the military itself has blindly adhered to a strategy of global dominance that’s essentially been on autopilot, no matter the damaging consequences of near-endless war and preparations for more of it.

What could happen to Collins Aerospace's military GPS business once it's sold off?

William Hartung mentioned

Dec-13-2019

Arms & Security Project

As the $135 billion proposed merger between United Technologies Corp. and Raytheon Co. draws closer, the future of Collins Aerospace’s military GPS business in the Corridor is unclear.

Middle East Lobbyists Pay Op-ed Writers to Sell their Message

Ben Freeman quoted

Dec-05-2019

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative

A Kuwaiti firm and an armed Iranian opposition group are some of the latest examples of lobbyists paying for positive press coverage.

Indictment Details How Emirates Sought Influence in 2016 Campaign

Ben Freeman quoted

Dec-05-2019

Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative

In charges unsealed this week, the Justice Department laid out new elements of an effort by an American ally to buy access in Washington.

EDITOR'S PICK869 viewsDec 3, 2019, 12:32pm The NATO Alliance Needs Rebalancing, But Donald Trump Is The Wrong Messenger

by William Hartung

Dec-03-2019

Arms & Security Project

President Trump is doing a victory lap over his successful effort to reduce U.S. support for a small NATO investment fund, but it is a minor part of the billions the U.S. contributes to the alliance. The time is ripe for a rethinking of the purpose of the alliance and the division of responsibilities among NATO members. But Donald Trump is the wrong messenger. If real progress is to be made, insulting allies and making false claims about the current state of affairs, as the president has done repeatedly, is not the way to get the job done.

The NATO Alliance Needs Rebalancing, But Donald Trump Is The Wrong Messenger

by William Hartung

Dec-03-2019

Arms & Security Project

President Trump is doing a victory lap over his successful effort to reduce U.S. support for a small NATO investment fund, but it is a minor part of the billions the U.S. contributes to the alliance. The time is ripe for a rethinking of the purpose of the alliance and the division of responsibilities among NATO members. But Donald Trump is the wrong messenger. If real progress is to be made, insulting allies and making false claims about the current state of affairs, as the president has done repeatedly, is not the way to get the job done.

U.S. Dems’ dangerous demagoguing on Russia

by Helena Cobban

Nov-30-2019

Senior Fellows

Amb. Robert E. Hunter had a compelling piece on the Lobelog site recently in which he warned that the House Democratic leaders’ choice of the Ukraine issue on which to hang their impeachment hearings for Pres. Trump means that the discussion of both Ukraine and Russia in the U.S. political system has now become seriously polarized.

Who’s Afraid Of China? Rethinking American Grand Strategy For A New Era

by William Hartung

Nov-26-2019

Arms & Security Project

It may not surprise you to learn that the views of the American public on foreign policy differ substantially from those of the Washington national security establishment. But as a new survey from the Eurasia Group Foundation has shown, the gulf between elite and popular views presents a unique opportunity to rethink American grand strategy, particularly with respect to how to manage the U.S. rivalry with Russia and China.

Defense 2020 Podcast

William Hartung interviewed

Nov-25-2019

Arms & Security Project

In this episode of Defense 2020, host Kathleen Hicks speaks with Todd Harrison (Center for Strategic and International Studies), Bill Hartung (Center for International Policy), and Mackenzie Eaglen (American Enterprise Institute) about the major debates surrounding the U.S. defense budget.

The 16% Solution: Making America Safer for Less

by William Hartung

Nov-22-2019

Arms & Security Project

Key members of the Washington security establishment are clearly unhappy with Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to eliminate the Pentagon’s Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account, which was released as part of her campaign’s plan to pay for Medicare-for-All. The OCO account was originally meant to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but has long since been converted into a slush fund to pay for tens of billions of dollars in projects and activities that have nothing to do with the direct costs of current conflicts. The latest analyst to pile on against the idea of eliminating OCO is Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution.

The Intelligence of Tomorrow

William Hartung quoted

Nov-21-2019

Arms & Security Project

Somebody ought to put a bullet in her skull. Back in the day, our forefathers would have put a bullet in her [expletive].” These words, uttered by some lost soul — no, wait, I mean a proud American — were directed at U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar earlier this year. He had called her office and talked to a staffer, calling the congresswoman a terrorist and spewing out his death threat on behalf of the fantasy Founding Fathers. He was later arrested.

NPR Fresh Air-- Foreign Influence On U.S. Politics

Ben Freeman interviewed

Nov-21-2019

Foreign Influence and Transparency Initiative

The Trump administration's pressure on Ukraine is the center of the impeachment inquiry, but foreign influence expert Ben Freeman says the influence also worked in the opposite direction. "I think in 2020 we are going to see a level of foreign influence on the election that's even higher than what we saw in 2016," he says.

Ilhan Omar's Call for Restorative Justice Gives Me Profound Hope for the Future

William Hartung quoted

Nov-21-2019

Arms & Security Project

“Such deals with Saudi Arabia and other Mideast states may be hugely popular with the companies that profit from the trade, but the vast majority of Americans oppose runaway arms trading on the sensible grounds that it makes the world less safe. The question now is: Will Congress play a greater role in attempting to block such weapons deals with the Saudis and human-rights abusers or will America’s weapons-sales addiction and its monopoly position in the Middle Eastern arms trade simply continue, setting the stage for future disasters of every sort?”

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