PUBLICATIONS

Suspension of Lebanon's U.S. Security Assistance

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

by Elias Yousif

Nov-07-2019

The Emirati Lobby: How the UAE Wins in Washington

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.

by Ben Freeman

Oct-15-2019

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

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.

by William Hartung

Oct-11-2019

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

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.

by William Hartung and Cassandra Stimpson

July-29-2019

Sustainable Defense: More Security, Less Spending

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...

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

Jun-19-2019

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

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...

Sustainable Defense Task Force

Jun-19-2019

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

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...

Sustainable Defense Task Force

Jun-19-2019

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

The Saudi Lobby in 2018

If the findings in this report are any indication, the Saudi lobby in Washington is feverishly contacting Executive branch officials and Congressional offices to stymie legislation that would punish Saudi Arabia for its actions, and they’re likely making campaign contributions to those same Members of Congress.

by Ben Freeman

Apr-17-2019

Trends in Major Arms Sales in 2018: Fact Sheet

This fact sheet summarizes the key findings of the April 2019 Security Assistance Monitor report, “Major Arms Sales Trends 2018: The Trump Record – Rhetoric Versus Reality.” ...

by Christina Arabia and William Hartung

Apr-17-2019

Trends in Major U.S. Arms Sales in 2018: The Trump Record - Rhetoric vs. Reality

This report details U.S. arms sales policy and practices during 2017 and 2018, with an eye towards their economic, human rights, and security impacts.

by Christina Arabia and William Hartung

Apr-04-2019

U.S.-Mexico Asylum Policies

The denial of rights and the externalization of borders

by Laura Carlsen

Mar-20-2019

"Little Sparta": The United States-United Arab Emirates Alliance and The War in Yemen

The central role of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the war in Yemen has yet to receive the attention it deserves.

by William Hartung

Feb-07-2019

Arms & Security Project Media Hits 2018

View the entire list of Arms & Security Project media hits for 2018 in one place...

by William Hartung

Jan-01-2019

The Problem with US Foreign Policy is Not Only Trump

2018 Annual Brochure

by CIP

Dec-07-2018

US Military Support for Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen

The Saudi regime’s murder of Jamal Khashoggi and its continued killing of civilians in Yemen has drawn unprecedented scrutiny to the U.S.-Saudi military relationship. This report looks at that relationship in closer detail, with an eye towards how it creates leverage that the U.S. can use to change Saudi conduct and end the Yemen war...

by William Hartung

Nov-19-2018

The Saudi Lobby: How the Kingdom Wins in Washington

The brutal murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabia consulate in Turkey has placed newfound and long overdue scrutiny on Saudi Arabia’s influence operation in the United States.

by Ben Freeman

Oct-30-2018

Corruption in the Defense Sector: Identifying Key Risks to U.S. Counterterrorism Aid

As the United States enters its 18th year of the global war on terrorism, it is becoming increasingly clear that corruption is one of the most significant stumbling blocks in U.S. efforts to tackle terrorism around the world...

by Colby Goodman, Christina Arabia

Sep-13-2018

Making Sense of Foreign Agents Registration Act Advisory Opinions

The first comprehensive list of Advisory Options under FARA...

by Sarah Jolley, Hannah Poteete, Ben Freeman

Jun-20-2018

Rocket Man: Nuclear Madness and the Mind of Donald Trump

Will President Trump destroy civilization or win the Nobel Peace Prize? Humankind’s survival feels like a jump ball that could go either way. We are perched on a precipice, and the reason we are looking into an abyss of nuclear annihilation is that the American president has unencumbered, unilateral control over the nuclear codes...

by Melvin Goodman

Mar-09-2018

A Century of Unstable Tourism in the Caribbean

Lessons Learned and Opportunities from Cuba...

by Ocean Doctor, CIP

Jun-07-2018

The Inter-Korean Summit Declaration of April 27, 2018: a review in detail

The April 27, 2018 Inter-Korean Summit was a visibly cordial, even happy, event. At its conclusion, North and South Korea released a Declaration of Peace, Prosperity and Unification...

By Charles Knight

May-28-2018

The Inter-Korean Summit Declaration of April 27, 2018: a review in detail

The April 27, 2018 Inter-Korean Summit was a visibly cordial, even happy, event. At its conclusion, North and South Korea released a Declaration of Peace, Prosperity and Unification...

by Charles Knight

May-03-2018

Ready to Profit: Corporate Beneficiaries of Congressional Add-Ons to the FY 2018 Pentagon Budget

The final Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the Pentagon and related spending -- on programs like work on nuclear warheads at the Department of Energy -- totaled $700 billion, tens of billions of dollars more than the Trump administration’s proposal...

by William D. Hartung

May-02-2018

Pentagon Spending in Massachusetts

Massachusetts ranked 9th (USA Spending) in the country in Department of Defense (DoD) awards during FY2017, receiving $10.3 billion...

by William D. Hartung

Apr-06-2018

Pentagon Spending in Michigan

Michigan ranked 24 th (USA Spending) in the country in terms of Department of Defense (DoD) awards during FY2017, receiving $3.09 billion 1...

by William D. Hartung

Mar-24-2018

Trump Makes Over $80 Billion in Major Arms Deals in First Year

Major Changes in Types of Weapons and Recipient Countries Compared to Obama Puts U.S. Manufacturing Jobs and Human Rights at Risk ...

by William D. Hartung

Mar-07-2018

BURNED: Deception, Deforestation and America’s Biodiesel Policy

This report by Mighty Earth and Action Aid USA provides a dramatic on-the-ground glimpse of the unintended negative consequences of food-based biofuels.

by Glenn Hurowitz

Feb-01-2018

SAUDI ARMS SALES AND THE PROMISE OF JOBS

The promise of jobs created by US weapons exports plays a major role in generating support for arms sales in Congress and the Executive Branch. During President Trump’s 2017 state visit to Saudi Arabia, he pledged $110 billion in new arms offers in the name of “jobs, jobs, jobs.”.

by William D. Hartung

Jan-29-2018

Commentary and Media Appearances in 2017

This listing includes articles by project director William D. Hartung; articles quoting or citing the project or its work; and radio and TV appearances. The project published 5 research reports; articles that appeared in 99 newspapers and web sites; project director William D. Hartung was quoted in 56 news outlets and appeared on 15 radio and TV programs. The 170 total media “hits” registered by the project added up to over three per week

by William D. Hartung

Jan-03-2018

Donald Trump’s Dangerous Love Affair With Saudi Arabia & Its Impacts on Mideast Security

The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States shocked the world. The contrast between his worldview and that of his predecessor, Barack Obama, could not have been starker. The global forces of authoritarianism were given a huge boost by this turn of events while supporters of democracy and human rights were left demoralized and disillusioned. Among the governments that openly celebrated the 2016 presidential result, one country stands out—the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia..

by William D. Hartung

Dec-04-2017

CIP 2017 Year in Review

Browse through our end of year brochure and see what CIP has accomplished in 2017 and how you can get involved!.

by CIP

Nov-29-2017

US Arms Transfers to the UAE and the War In Yemen

The central role of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the war in Yemen has yet to receive the attention it deserves...

by William D. Hartung

Sep-27-2017

Chocolate's Dark Secrets

A new investigation by Mighty Earth, “Chocolate’s Dark Secret,” finds that a large amount of the cocoa used in chocolate produced by Mars, Nestle, Hershey’s, Godiva, and other major chocolate companies was grown illegally in national parks and other protected areas in Ivory Coast and Ghana. The countries are the world’s two largest cocoa producers...

by Glenn Hurowitz

Sep-13-2017

Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia: The Corporate Connection

The U.S. arms sales relationship with Saudi Arabia is increasingly controversial as a result of the brutal Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen, which has utilized U.S.-supplied weaponry to target civilians, causing thousands of deaths in the process...

by Derek Paulhus, William D. Hartung

Aug-10-2017

Spending on the Pentagon and Related Programs: A Primer

Coming up with a reliable number for spending on the Pentagon and related programs can be complicated. There are multiple funding streams, and not all of them come by way of the Pentagon’s budget. Articles on Pentagon spending often give incomplete numbers, or fail to explain which aspects of spending on national defense are being described. This fact sheet is designed to provide a guide to the different funding streams and where things stand as of July 2017...

by William D. Hartung

Jul-26-2017

US Foreign Military Training Reached Record Highs in 2015

Washington, DC – The number of US foreign military trainees increased substantially in FY 2015, growing from 56,346 in FY 2014 to 79,865 in FY 2015, according to a new Security Assistance Monitor (SAM) report released today on trends in US foreign military training. The report, which is based on an analysis of the US “Foreign Military Training” report released earlier this year, marks the highest number of US military trainees in any year since FY 2006...

by Security Assistance Monitor

May-03-2017

The Military Budget and the Costs of War: The Coming Trump Storm

The Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and the Center for International Policy released a report today on the proposed Trump military budget in historical, strategic, and budgetary perspective. The report entitled, The Military Budget and the Costs of War: The Coming Trump Storm, reveals the full costs of U.S. spending on national security-related functions and demonstrates that much of that money is being misspent due to special interest lobbying and a distorted view of what will make America and its allies safer...

by William D. Hartung

Apr-12-2017

Articles and Media Appearances 2016

This report summarizes articles and media appearances by Arms and Security Project director William D. Hartung during 2016. The project’s work during 2016 focused on reining in Pentagon spending and reducing arms transfers to the Middle East, as part of a larger effort to promote a more effective U.S. foreign policy that focuses on preventing conflict rather than engaging in military action...

by William D. Hartung

Jan-19-2017

U.S. Arms Transfers to the UAE and Mideast Security

Despite the fact that it involves billions of dollars worth of weaponry, the U.S./UAE arms transfer relationship receives relatively little attention among the public, in the media, or in Congress. In part this is because the UAE connection is overshadowed by the U.S. role as the primary arms supplier to Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Arabia’s use of U.S. arms in its brutal bombing campaign in Yemen. But the UAE’s increasingly effective military capabilities and growing regional security role deserve closer scrutiny, both because of their impact on the future of the region and their implications for the future of U.S. arms transfer policy...

by William D. Hartung

Jan-11-2017

U.S. Arms Transfers to Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen

This issue brief provides information on the amounts and types of U.S.-supplied equipment in the Saudi arsenal, with a focus on air and ground forces. Much of this equipment has been put to use in the war in Yemen....

by William D. Hartung

Dec-01-2016

The Future of Pentagon Spending in the New Political Climate

The results of the presidential election have troubling implications for the future of Pentagon spending, and for how the U.S. military is likely to be used in the years to come. We need the wisdom of everyone who cares about peace to figure out the best way to move forward in what could be a very difficult period for the issues and values we care about most. There is no more important time than right now to be doing this work....

by William D. Hartung

Nov-16-2016

Afghanistan: Lessons Identified 2001-2014. Part II-Development Cooperation in Afghanistan

This is one of three studies commissioned by the political parties supporting Denmark’s engagement in Afghanistan. Its objective is to contribute to the development of realistic and useful lessons for future comprehensive and integrated efforts in fragile and conflict affected states...

by CIP

Sep-12-2016

Ending America's Endless Wars

A successful advocacy campaign begins with solid research. To discover what is really being done in America’s name, one must follow the money. The Center for International Policy maintains the most comprehensive database of U.S. military and police aid as well as arms sales to over 180 nations around the world...

by CIP

May-01-2016

Don’t Get Fooled Again: Pentagon Waste and Congressional Oversight

As Congress reviews the budget for the Pentagon and related programs for FY 2017, it should take action to prevent the rampant waste that has characterized the department’s operations in recent years. This report demonstrates that the Pentagon has a long way to go in rooting out waste and imposing basic budget discipline. Before the Department of Defense receives billions in additional taxpayer dollars, Congress should make sure that it has a plan to more efficiently spend the resources it is already receiving. The 27 examples in this report document over $33 billion in Pentagon waste. Many of the cases have only entered the public discussion recently, while some represent problems that have persisted for years...

by William D. Hartung

Feb-10-2016

Military Spending In Maryland

Maryland is 4th in the country in Pentagon prime contract awards, receiving over $13.5 billion in FY 2014. It is 4th in the country for in contract awards per capita, with $2,260 being awarded per person in the state. Prime Pentagon spending accounted for 4.2% of Maryland’s overall GDP in FY 2014...

by William D. Hartung

Oct-21-2015

Pentagon Spending in Tennessee

Tennessee is 37th in the country in Pentagon prime contract awards, receiving $1.24 billion in FY2014 (USASpending). It received $190 in Pentagon awards per capita in FY2014 and ranked 48th in per capita awards relative to other states. Comparatively, Tennessee received $1.23 billion in FY2013 (USASpending). With a GDP of $300.6 billion in FY2014, DoD contracts accounted for approximately .41% of Tennessee’s GDP (Bureau of Economic Analysis)...

by William D. Hartung

Oct-05-2015

Pentagon Spending in Connecticut

Connecticut is 5th in the country in Pentagon prime contract awards, receiving $13.2 billion in FY2014. It is 3rd in the country for contract awards per capita, at $3,693. Prime Pentagon spending accounted for 5.7% of Connecticut’s overall GDP in 2014....

by William D. Hartung

Oct-05-2015

CIP's 40th Anniversary Brochure

Since the 1970s, our programs have worked to cut unnecessary military spending, seek diplomatic means to resolve disputes with adversaries, end tax evasion, illicit financial flows and unnecessary bank secrecy and halt the destruction of tropical forests...

by CIP

Oct-01-2015

La Segunda Revolución Verde

Colombia has a major opportunity to grow economically without sacrificing its extraordinary forests, wetlands, and savannah. ..

by Laura Carlsen

Sep-10-2015

Military Spending In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania ranked 8th among all U.S. states in terms of Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving a total of $10.4 billion. Comparatively, it received $10.2 billion in FY2013. It received $815 in contract awards per capita in FY2014, ranking 17th in the country. As Pennsylvania’s GDP (BEA) was $640 billion in FY 2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately 1.6% of Pennsylvania’s GDP in 2013....

by William D. Hartung

Sep-08-2015

Water Wars

The Mexican border state of Sonora is expanding its hydraulic society in the face of climate change, an escalating water crisis, and indigenous opposition...

by Glenn Hurowitz

Aug-10-2015

Pentagon Spending in New Hampshire

New Hampshire ranked 38th in the country in terms of Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving $1.2 billion. It received $853 in contract awards per capita in FY2014, which ranked 16th among the 50 states. Comparatively, New Hampshire received $1.5 billion in FY2013. As New Hampshire’s GDP was $68.7 billion in FY2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately 2.2% of New Hampshire’s GDP in 2013...

by William D. Hartung

Jun-15-2015

Pentagon Spending in Missouri

Missouri ranked 12th in the country in terms of Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving $7.2 billion. It received $1,179.77 in contract awards per capita in FY2014, which ranked 11th among the 50 states. Comparatively, Missouri received $8 billion in FY2013. As Missouri’s GDP was $276 billion in FY 2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately 2.9% of Missouri’s GDP in 2013..

by William D. Hartung

Jun-15-2015

Pentagon Spending in Michigan

Michigan ranked 24th in the country in terms of Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving $2.6 billion. It received $298 in contract awards per capita in FY2014, which ranked 43rd among the 50 states. Comparatively, Michigan received $2.95 billion in FY2013. As Michigan’s GDP was 432.6 billion in FY2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately .67% of Michigan’s GDP in 2013...

by William D. Hartung

Jun-15-2015

Pentagon Spending in Georgia

Georgia ranked 14th in the country in terms Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving $6.4 billion . It received $624 in contract awards per capita, which ranked 22nd among the 50 states. Comparatively, Georgia received $5.6 billion in FY2013. As Georgia’s GDP was $456.5 billion in FY2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately 1.2% of Georgia’s GDP in 2013...

by William D. Hartung

Jun-15-2015

Country Profile: U.S. Security Assistance to Tunisia

Tunisia is widely credited with initiating the wave of revolutions that swept the Arab world in 2011. Following the ouster of former President Ben Ali, the country navigated an extremely difficult political transition that culminated in the formation of a democratically elected government under a new constitution in December 2014..

by Colby Goodman, Project on Middle East Democracy

Apr-21-2015

Honduras: A Government Failing to Protect Its People

Last December, the Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) and Center for International Policy (CIP) traveled to Honduras for a first-hand look at events in the country. What we found was a security situation in shambles and a country in dire need of reform. A number of alarming issues face Honduras today, including mass migration, the disturbing and highly visible militarization of law enforcement, grave threats against human rights defenders, and a lack of an effective and independent justice system...

by Sarah Kinosian, Lisa Haugaard

Mar-09-2015

Fighting for Peace: The Tricky Business of Using Greater Force in UN Peace Operations

The increased political willingness by UN member states to authorise the use of force has developed well ahead of their risk tolerance and matching capabilities...

by CIP

Mar-04-2015

Applying the Leahy Law to U.S. Military and Police Aid

A guide on what the Leahy Law says, how the United States applies it and what organizations can do to encourage U.S. action against security forces accused of violations...

by Colby Goodman

Dec-01-2014

Country Profile: U.S. Security Assistance to Honduras

Over the past decade, Honduras has become one of the most dangerous places in the world. In 2013 the country recorded the highest global murder rate, with 79 homicides per 100,000 residents...

by Sarah Kinosian

Dec-01-2014

Lessons from Burundi's Security Sector Reform Process

Security sector reform (SSR) is increasingly put forward as a solution for a broad spectrum of African states facing security challenges. Yet, for a variety of reasons, there are relatively few examples of successful SSR implementation...

by CIP

Nov-17-2014

Advancing a Sustainable, Just and Peaceful World

Check out what the Center for International Policy has been up to in 2014 with our end-of-year brochure...

by CIP

Nov-10-2014

Country Profile: U.S. Security Assistance to Yemen

Following close to eleven months of street protests calling for an end to his 33-year presidency, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a U.S.-supported transition plan on November 23, 2011. Former Vice President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi was elected president in February 2012 in a one-man election. While the new government has made progress on parts of the transition plan by beginning to restructure the security sector and completing a National Dialogue Conference (NDC), it has yet to revise the constitution or hold new elections...

by Colby Goodman

Oct-20-2014

Something in the Air: “Isolationism,” Defense Spending, and the U.S. Public Mood

Is the public trending toward isolationism? Or is interventionism back? Polls suggest a more complex truth...

by Carl Conetta

Oct-14-2014

The Littoral Combat Ship: The Warship That Can’t Go to War

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is the Navy’s response to perceived changes in naval warfare and falling budgets. In theory, the LCS is a multifaceted and cost-effective answer to these requirements. In reality, the LCS is an overpriced, underperforming vessel that does not meet current needs and is a bad deal for taxpayers...

by Jacob Marx

Aug-26-2014

Evaluation of the Danish Peace and Stabilisation Fund

The Peace and Stabilisation Fund (PSF) was established under the 2010-2014 Danish Defence Agreement as a cross-government funding pool to support stabilisation and conflict prevention initiatives at the nexus of security and development. Between 2010 and 2014, the Fund was allocated DKK 941.4 million. Half is official development assistance (ODA); half is non-ODA resources from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)...

by CIP

Aug-25-2014

Report to Supporters Spring 2014

2014 has been a successful year so far with major advances in reshaping defense spending, curbing tax evasion and advancing awareness on global climate change...

by CIP

May-19-2014

Putting Governance at the Heart of Security Sector Reform

Democratically governed security and justice sectors are a core objective of the Security Sector Development (SSD) agenda. But few such programs put governance front and center..

by CIP

Apr-03-2014

Promising the Sky: Pork Barrel Politics and the F-35 Combat Aircraft

Lockheed Martin's assertions that the development and construction of the F-35 combat aircraft sustains 125,000 jobs in 46 states are exaggerated says Hartung, and his latest report documents how the real number is roughly half of what Lockheed Martin claims...

by William D. Hartung

Jan-22-2014

A Sustainable, Just and Peaceful World

Find out how CIP can make a difference in facing some of the world's largest problems...

by CIP

Dec-09-2013

African Peace Facility Evaluation - Part 2: Annexes

Reviewing the overall implementation of the APF as an instrument for African efforts to manage conflicts on the continent...

by CIP

Nov-01-2013

Evaluation du Volet Gouvernance du Programme DSS

This evaluation assesses the achievements of the governance component of the Burundi-Netherlands Security Sector Development Programme. It demonstrates the complexity of and importance of addressing governance related issues as part of security sector reform...

by Fabien Nsengimana

Oct-28-2013

African Peace Facility Evaluation - Part 2

Reviewing the overall implementation of the APF as an instrument for African efforts to manage conflicts on the continent...

by CIP

Oct-01-2013

US Policy on Syria: War or Diplomacy?

A selection of critical views and proposals on the way forward with Syria...