The Saudi Lobby Burrows into the Badger State

Fahad Nazer, the spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s embassy in the U.S., was in the hot seat. After providing background on U.S.-Saudi ties during a Zoom panel last Friday, Nazer faced an uncomfortable question from the moderator: would the murder of Jamal Khashoggi damage bilateral relations?

President Biden: End Vaccine Apartheid

President Biden must ask himself if he will stand with most of his constituents and a majority of countries worldwide to support mass production of vaccines—or uphold the profit motivations of big pharmaceutical companies.  

Afghanistan’s Own Security Forces Will Soon Take Over, Ready or Not

What will be the nature of the security relationship between Washington and Kabul the day after America declares an end to one of its longest wars? The answer will shape Afghanistan, define local and regional dynamics, and determine the country’s prospects for peace.

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?

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Foreign Policy

The Saudi Lobby Burrows into the Badger State

Fahad Nazer, the spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s embassy in the U.S., was in the hot seat. After providing background on U.S.-Saudi ties during a Zoom panel last Friday, Nazer faced an uncomfortable question from the moderator: would the murder of Jamal Khashoggi damage bilateral relations?

President Biden: End Vaccine Apartheid

President Biden must ask himself if he will stand with most of his constituents and a majority of countries worldwide to support mass production of vaccines—or uphold the profit motivations of big pharmaceutical companies.  

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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