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  

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  

Time to Rethink U.S. Military Aid to Egypt

Donald Trump meets Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (Wikimedia Commons)

by Seth Binder and William D. Hartung This week’s presidential election in Egypt offers an opportunity to rethink the amount and purpose of U.S. military aid to that nation, which has totaled over $40 billion since the signing of the… Continue Reading  

Who’s Afraid of John Bolton?

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by William D. Hartung The appointment of uber-hawk John Bolton as Donald Trump’s national security advisor has understandably sparked concerns among groups on the center-left who rightly fear that it raises the prospects for war against Iran, North Korea, or… Continue Reading