A Staggeringly Well-Funded Blowback Machine

Air Force Academy cadet (Pixabay)

by Tom Engelhardt As I was putting the finishing touches on my new book, the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute published an estimate of the taxpayer dollars that will have gone into America’s war on terror… Continue Reading  

War and the Imperial Presidency

Donald Trump at MacDill Air Force Base

by Danny Sjursen It may be too late. The president of the United States is now a veritable autocrat in the realm of foreign policy. He has been since at least 1945, when the last congressionally declared war finally ended. Wars… Continue Reading  

Women and Post-Conflict Political Order

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former president of LIberia

by Emily Myers In 1993, the assassination of Burundi’s first Hutu president, Melchior Ndadaye, catalyzed a 12-year civil war that killed over 300,000 people. The conflict ended in 2005 with the implementation of the Arusha Accords, which instituted a power-sharing… Continue Reading  

Why Can’t the World’s Best Military Win Its Wars?

Black Hawk helicopter crash in Iraq (Wikimedia Commons)

by Arnold R. Isaacs “This time, they think they have it right.” So declared an Associated Press story reporting an upbeat assessment by this country’s top military officer at the end of a five-day visit to Afghanistan earlier this spring. Marine General… Continue Reading  

Eight Big Questions on War and Peace for Mike Pompeo

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Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee took place on Thursday. The International Crisis Group’s Stephen Pomper suggested eight questions that committee members should have asked of Pompeo. Several of these questions were… Continue Reading