How the Pentagon Devours the Budget

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by William Hartung Imagine for a moment a scheme in which American taxpayers were taken to the cleaners to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars and there was barely a hint of criticism or outrage.  Imagine as well… Continue Reading  

The Trillion-Dollar National Security Budget

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by William Hartung You wouldn’t know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military, politicians, and the president, but these are the best of times for the Pentagon.  Spending on the Department of Defense alone is already well… Continue Reading  

Good News, Bad News in Trump’s International Affairs Budget

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by Diana Ohlbaum Expert reviews of President Trump’s proposed budget for international affairs have been almost uniformly negative—and for good reason. Severe and disproportionate cuts for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) would undermine U.S. national… Continue Reading  

Will Falling Oil Prices Force Iran’s Hand in the Nuclear Talks?

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by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani The timing of the fall in global oil prices could not have come at a worse time for the government of Hassan Rouhani in Iran. A decline of 30% in oil revenues, which he noted in a recent… Continue Reading