Report: The Mideast Arms Bazaar: Top Arms Suppliers to the Middle East and North Africa , 2015-2019
by William D. Hartung and Jessica Draper
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been the site of multiple wars throughout this century. Current conflicts include the civil war in Syria, with outside intervention by Russia, Iran, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United States (U.S.); the conflict in Libya, with intervention by Russia, the United Arab Emirates, France, Egypt, and Turkey; the Saudi-led war in Yemen; Egypt’s counterterror operations in the Northern Sinai; and a campaign of strikes and counter-strikes involving the U.S., Iran, and Iranian-backed militias in Iraq that has the potential to spiral into a larger conflict. The vast bulk of the weapons used in these wars are supplied by outside powers. This report document stop arms suppliers and recipients in the region between 2015 and 2019, based on data compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
Fact sheet: Corrupt Bargain? One Company’s Monopoly on the Development of Long-Range Nuclear Missiles
by William Hartung
The Pentagon has just announced a $13.3 billion contract to Northrop Grumman for the development of a new Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), known formally as the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD). The Department is poised to spend $85 to $150 billion over the next decade and beyond on this new generation of ICBMs. New ICBMs are both unnecessary and dangerous. In a crisis, the president has only a matter of minutes to decide whether to launch them, significantly increasing the risk of an accidental nuclear war. The best outcome would be to stop the development of the new ICBM and eliminate current long-range nuclear missiles from the U.S. arsenal.
Book: Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War
By Danny Sjursen, Senior Fellows
"This incendiary work by Daniel Sjursen is a personal cry from the heart by a once-model US Army officer and West Point graduate who became a military dissenter while still on active duty. Set against the backdrop of the terror wars of the last two decades, Sjursen asks whether there is a proper space for patriotism that renounces entitled exceptionalism and narcissistic jingoism. Once a burgeoning believer and budding conservative, Sjursen performed an intellectual and spiritual about-face. He now calls for a critical exploration of our allegiances, and he suggests a path to a new, more complex notion of patriotism. Equal parts unsentimental and idealistic, this is a story about what it means to be an American in the midst of perpetual war, and what the future of patriotism might look like." You may learn more and purchase the book at heydaybooks.com/patriotic-dissent.
Boko Haram (BH), also known as Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-jihad advocates for a version of islam which makes it forbidden for Muslims to partake in activities associated with the West, an effort to create and non-western state and rule by Sharia law. It has conducted attacks on religious and political groups, civilians, and police in Northern Nigeria.
Issue Brief: What Does Coronavirus Mean for Africa's Economy?
COVID-19 is the most severe international crisis the world has faced in decades. The pandemic has been slow to reach African nations but the World Health Organization warns that it could result in over 10 million severe cases in the next six months and 300,000 deaths.
Report: Beyond Performance: Lessons Learned from U.S. Security Assistance to Tunisia
by Elias Yousif
This report takes a holistic look at Tunisia’s unique civil-military and political history in its broad assessment of Washington’s security partnership with Tunis. By mapping out these factors, this project aims to illustrate conditions and decisions that aid in the development of strong, healthy, and mutually beneficial security partnerships.
Fact Sheet: Special Interests or the National Interest?
by William Hartung
The size and composition of the U.S. nuclear arsenal should be determined by what is needed to deter potential adversaries from attacking the United States or its allies. But too often other factors come into play, most notably the vested interests of the lobby for Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs).
The Center for International Policy's Statement on the Current Crises facing the United States
by The Center for International Policy and Salih Booker
The Center for International Policy expresses its grief over the continued deaths of black people in America at the hands of police and white vigilantes. We stand in solidarity with the countless protesters who have taken to the streets to demand justice for all of those who suffer from the structural and institutionalized racism of this country.
Report: The Trump Effect: Trends in Major U.S. Arms Sales 2019
by Elias Yousif, William Hartung, and Christina Arabia
This report finds that the Trump administration made at least $85.1 billion arms sales offers in 2019, the highest level since it took office in 2017. Because of a lack of full transparency on the value of Direct Commercial Sales licensed by the State Department, the $85.1 billion figure is a conservative estimate. Over the first three years of the Trump administration, the U.S. made arms offers worth over $240 billion – nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars. The report presents recommendations based on these findings.