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Factsheet: Black History Month-Pan-Africanism

Africa Program

Feb-27-2020

This month we honor people of African descent that have kept the flame of Africa alive in the U.S. while making significant contributions to the global Pan-African movement. This fact sheet highlights the accomplishments of some pioneers of the movement as well as some lesser known Keepers of the Flame. This was created by Darren Harvey, Temi Ibirogba and Salih Booker of CIP's Africa Program.

Briefing: The African Ban

Africa Program

Feb-07-2020

This briefing takes a look at how the 2020 travel ban, annouced on 31 January, affects African nations. President Trump expanded his 2017 travel ban by placing restrictions on half a dozen additional countries including Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, along with Tanzania, Eritrea and Sudan. 25% of Africa’s population will be affected by this ban including the continent’s most populous country and largest economy. The travel ban expansion contradicts the Trump administration’s policy initiative, Prosper Africa, which is meant to increase economic ties with the African continent as a way of competing with Russian and Chinese influence.

Issue Brief: Ukraine Military Aid Suspension at the Heart of Impeachment

by Elias Yousif

Jan-29-2020

The U.S security aid relationship with Ukraine is relatively new, beginning in 2014 after a Russian military intervention in the country's east and annexation of Crimea. Since then, U.S. military aid to Ukraine has grown annually by an average of 42%. Between FY2008 and FY2013, annual security aid to Ukraine averaged 57.9M. Between FY2014 to FY2019, that figure had jumped to $263.5M. But it wasn't until Trump assumed office that the U.S. began providing lethal equipment, a notable policy shift from the Obama Administration. It was the culmination of a bipartisan consensus surrounding support to Kyiv in the face of Russian pressure, which is why the President's subsequent suspension came as such a surprise and drew such a sharp rebuke from lawmakers and other stakeholders.

Report: Foreign Funding of Think Tanks in America

by Ben Freeman

Jan-29-2020

Think tanks vary considerably in terms of their objectives and organization, but many think tanks in Washington D.C. share a common trait—they receive substantial financial support from foreign governments. While these are often democracies with interests closely aligned with those of the U.S., a significant number of these foreign donors are undemocratic, authoritarian regimes whose aims often diverge significantly from U.S. interests. In a variety of instances, the public has learned that this foreign funding can significantly influence think tanks’ work. It can lead to a think tank producing reports favorable to a foreign power, think tank experts offering Congressional testimony in support of a foreign powers’ interests, or its scholars working closely with a foreign funders’ registered lobbyists.

Issue Brief: Suspension of Lebanon's U.S. Security Assistance

by Elias Yousif

Nov-07-2019

The Trump administration is reportedly witholding $105M in U.S. security assistance to Lebanon, including substantial aid to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF).

Report: The Emirati Lobby: How the UAE Wins in Washington

by Ben Freeman

Oct-15-2019

How has the UAE maintained its privileged status? In short, the UAE has a vast and immensely influential lobbying and public relations campaign in America that has allowed the monarchy to exert considerable sway over U.S. policy, while keeping the UAE’s indiscretions largely hidden. In this report we attempt to tell the story of that influence operation.

Issue Brief: Turkey's Invasion of Syria, Made in the U.S.A.

by William Hartung

Oct-11-2019

After essentially giving a green light to Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria to attack the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) forces, President Trump took a slight turn when he declared that there would be severe economic consequences for Turkey’s economy if the intervention was not carried out in a “humane” fashion. If the president were to take action to try to stem a military incursion that he helped facilitate, he could start by cutting off support for Turkey’s military, which is heavily dependent on U.S.-supplied equipment.

Report: U.S. Arms Sales to Saudi Report: Arabia: The Corporate Connection

by William Hartung and Cassandra Stimpson

July-29-2019

This report provides information on arms offers to Saudi Arabia involving the four largest U.S. arms suppliers to that nation: Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and General Dynamics. Over 90% of U.S. arms offers to Saudi Arabia by value involved one of these top four supplying firms. The analysis covers offers notified to Congress, not all of which have yet resulted in final deliveries of the equipment; and data on weapons deliveries gathered from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) arms transfer database.

Report: Sustainable Defense: More Security, Less Spending

Sustainable Defense Task Force, co-directed by William Hartung and Ben Freeman

Jun-19-2019

An alternative defense strategy that avoids unnecessary and counterproductive wars, reduces the U.S. global military footprint, takes a more realistic view of the major security challenges facing the United States, and reduces waste and inefficiency could save at least $1.2 trillion in projected spending over the next decade while providing a greater measure of security...

Fact Sheet: Sustainable Defense: More Security, Less Spending (Fact Sheet)

Sustainable Defense Task Force

Jun-19-2019

This fact sheet summarizes major findings of the report of the Sustainable Defense Task Force, a group of ex-military officers, former White House and Congressional budget experts, and non-governmental analysts convened by the Center for International Policy...

Report: Sustainable Defense: More Security, Less Spending (Executive Summary)

Sustainable Defense Task Force

Jun-19-2019

An alternative defense strategy that avoids unnecessary and counterproductive wars, reduces the U.S. global military footprint, takes a more realistic view of the major security challenges facing the United States, and reduces waste and inefficiency could save at least $1.2 trillion in projected spending over the next decade while providing a greater measure of security...

Book: American Carnage: The Wars of Donald Trump

by Melvin Goodman

May-28-2019

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.

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