The Saudi Lobby Moves from K Street to Main Street

This piece was first published at TomDispatch.com on April 19, 2021.  Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S., was on the

Why It Matters That Expected Arms Sales Rose Sharply Under Trump’s Final Year in Office

If there’s one thing we can learn from the Trump administration’s final-year arms sales extravaganza, it’s that we can’t expect administrations to abide by norms that aren’t set into law. We need stronger regulatory frameworks, particularly on transparency. This is critical to ensuring the international community can continue to monitor foreign arms sales, that arms sales aren’t at odds with diplomatic priorities, and that the United States gets closer to a more responsible arms sales policy.

Rethinking Defense: Reducing Pentagon Spending While Increasing Security

The Biden administration’s first Pentagon budget proposal is now slated to come out in early May.  Rather than sticking with current levels of spending, the administration should craft a plan that reduces the Pentagon budget while freeing up funds for investment in other security priorities. Doing so would mark an important first step towards revising America’s approach to security and allocating resources accordingly.

Pan-Africanism and Today’s Movement for Black Lives

President Biden has made it clear that US Africa policies need to address COVID-19 as well as other health crises, climate change, insecurity, human rights and economic growth. Now that the US has addressed Africa with renewed interest and respect, how will Africa respond?

Foreign Policy

The Saudi Lobby Moves from K Street to Main Street

This piece was first published at TomDispatch.com on April 19, 2021.  Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S., was on the

Why It Matters That Expected Arms Sales Rose Sharply Under Trump’s Final Year in Office

If there’s one thing we can learn from the Trump administration’s final-year arms sales extravaganza, it’s that we can’t expect administrations to abide by norms that aren’t set into law. We need stronger regulatory frameworks, particularly on transparency. This is critical to ensuring the international community can continue to monitor foreign arms sales, that arms sales aren’t at odds with diplomatic priorities, and that the United States gets closer to a more responsible arms sales policy.

National Security

Rethinking Defense: Reducing Pentagon Spending While Increasing Security

The Biden administration’s first Pentagon budget proposal is now slated to come out in early May.  Rather than sticking with current levels of spending, the administration should craft a plan that reduces the Pentagon budget while freeing up funds for investment in other security priorities. Doing so would mark an important first step towards revising America’s approach to security and allocating resources accordingly.

Why is the U.S. Still Building ICBMs?

Although Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) are often touted as an essential part of the United States’ nuclear deterrence apparatus, they don’t actually make us safer.

War and Peace

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo/Sgt. J.T. Armstrong)

Nuclear Weapons Profiteers are Driving the Nukes Debate

With a price-tag of more than $1.2 trillion dollars, there’s intense debate about plans to overhaul U.S. nuclear forces. What many don’t realize is that there’s considerable money within this debate, and it’s coming from the very companies that will make billions if the United States upgrades its nuclear forces.

Climate Justice

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