Trump and the Return of Private Military Contractors


by David Isenberg In 2005 the Marine Corps University published a paper entitled “The Professional Military Services Industry: Have We Created a New Military-Industrial Complex?” To consider that question now, more than a decade later, is the equivalent of asking… Continue Reading  

Trump and Security Assistance


by Seth Binder U.S. security assistance has become one of the major foreign policy tools of the U.S. government since 9/11 to combat terrorism abroad, but this assistance is increasingly criticized for failing to achieve its objectives and in some… Continue Reading  

Report: Take More Risk to Find Common Ground with Iran


by Jim Lobe Whoever moves into the White House next January should be willing to “take more risk to find some common ground with Iran,” according to a new report released by the non-partisan Atlantic Council on October 19. Calling… Continue Reading  

Bombs Away! America’s Latest Misguided Strategic Fad


by James A. Russell You know you’re in trouble when a group of State Department diplomats (of all people) join the hawkish consensus calling for an open-ended commitment to start blasting away at Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. Somehow they think… Continue Reading  

The Neocon-Liberal Hawk Convergence is Worse Than I Thought


by Jim Lobe Late last month, I published a post entitled “Hillary’s Foreign Policy: A Liberal-Neoconservative Convergence?” that featured the announcement of a new report by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) to be rolled out May 16.… Continue Reading