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Rethinking Security: Military Security Versus Climate Security

The Biden administration and Congress need to act promptly to shift priorities towards a security policy that prioritizes dealing with climate change, even if it involves eliminating the filibuster rule, a formidable obstacle to forging a new direction.  The lives of future generations may depend on it.

Nuclear Weapons: Big Business, Bad Policy

The recent meeting between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin offered a glimmer of hope in the form of a joint statement that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.”  If they are serious about that, they should make substantial reductions in the nuclear arsenals of both sides as a step towards joining the international consensus in favor of eliminating nuclear weapons.

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.

Demilitarizing Our Democracy

These days, it’s completely normal for military and defense officials to weigh in endlessly on what once would have been civilian matters. As the Biden years begin, it’s time to give some serious thought to how to demilitarize our democracy.

Dr. King’s Prophecy and the Fierce Urgency of Now

This week marks the 92nd anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and 53 years since his assassination.  His radical vision is more relevant today than ever. 

President-elect Joe Biden speaks as Vice President during a welcoming and swearing in ceremony for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon, March 14, 2013. (U.S. Department of Defense photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released. Via Wikimedia Commons.

Will the Biden Administration Dare Cut Military Spending?

Now that Joe Biden is slated to take office as the 46th president of the United States, advice on how he should address a wide range of daunting problems is flooding in. Nowhere is there more at stake than when it comes to how he handles this country’s highly militarized foreign policy in general and Pentagon spending in particular.

American flag photo courtesy of Cavell L. Blood via Free Images.

Beware the Return to U.S. Global Leadership

Following a disastrous four years of Trump’s “America First” policy, President-elect Biden’s pledge to restore American power and prestige in the world offers a sense of comfort and relief to many.

Black Lives Matter protest in Washington, D.C. in June 2020. (Photo courtesy of Koshu Kunii on Unsplash).

A Safer World Starts at the Grassroots

If the events of the past year have taught us anything, it’s that America faces a historic moment of reckoning in its relations with the rest of the world.