Costs of the Clenched Fist

trump-fist

by Paul R. Pillar In his first inaugural address, one of President Barack Obama’s messages to America’s adversaries was that “we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”  A few years later, the unclenching of… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Nuclear Program and International Law

10537735904_31172a9542_z

by Peter Jenkins Anyone who took an interest in the diplomatic twists and turns that finally resulted in last year’s Iran nuclear agreement (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) are likely to enjoy Iran’s Nuclear Program and International… Continue Reading  

Congress Needs to Press the Pentagon, Saudi Arabia on Abuses in Yemen War

sanaa after airstrike

by Belkis Wille On August 9, one day after the Pentagon notified Congress of its intention to sell $1.2 billion in weapons systems to Saudi Arabia, the Saudi-led coalition resumed airstrikes on Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, after peace talks that began… Continue Reading  

Obama Still Searching for the Magic Formula on Drones

MQ-9_Afghanistan_takeoff_1_Oct_07

by Derek Davison On July 1, the Friday before a long holiday weekend, the Obama administration released a long-awaited estimate of the number of civilians killed in U.S. airstrikes—primarily delivered via unmanned drone—against suspected terrorist targets in “non-war zones.” These… Continue Reading  

Drones and Blowback

8698656129_3ed6e4b5b1_z

by John Feffer The targeted assassination of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour last weekend wasn’t just another drone strike. First of all, it was conducted by the U.S. military, not the CIA, which has orchestrated nearly all drone strikes… Continue Reading