How the Saudis Took Donald Trump for a Ride

Donald Trump showing Mohammed bin Salman how much business Saudi Arabia generates in the US (Shealah Craighead/White House)

by Ben Freeman and William D. Hartung It’s another Trump affair — this time without the allegations of sexual harassment (and worse), the charges and counter-charges, the lawsuits, and all the rest. So it hasn’t gotten the sort of headlines… Continue Reading  

Trump Trashes Diplomacy, Opens Path to War with Iran

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by William D. Hartung President Trump’s decision to violate and withdraw from the Iran anti-nuclear deal is one of the most dangerous foreign policy blunders in recent memory, setting the stage for a war that one analyst has noted could “make… Continue Reading  

How War and Weapons Trading Are Fueling the Global Refugee Crisis

Syrian refugee centre on the Turkish border (Wikimedia Commons)

by William Hartung Few would argue that the world faces a refugee crisis, but not nearly enough is being done to prevent the creation of new refugees or to help those already displaced from their homes. And while statistics can’t… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Wag the Dog Strategy on Syria Helps No One – Not Even Himself

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by William Hartung After a few days of threatening tweets and tough guy rhetoric, Donald Trump went ahead and instructed the U.S. military to bomb Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack on civilians there that has been widely… Continue Reading  

Donald Trump and the Art of the Arms Deal

Protesting the arms trade (Campaign Against the Arms Trade via Flickr).

by William Hartung It’s one of those stories of the century that somehow never gets treated that way. For an astounding 25 of the past 26 years, the United States has been the leading arms dealer on the planet, at some moments… Continue Reading