Foreign Aid Reform: Opportunity or Threat?

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by Diana Ohlbaum It would be difficult, inside or outside the Beltway, to find someone who doesn’t think that U.S. foreign assistance needs to be reformed. The people most familiar with the current system generally view aid as a valuable… Continue Reading  

A Short and (In)Glorious History of U.S. Military Aid and Arms Sales

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by Derek Davison With all due respect to Tom Cotton and his efforts to pick a fight with somebody, anybody, in the Iranian government, it’s rare to see the leader of a foreign country engaged in a public spat with… Continue Reading  

Is the U.S. Facilitating the Use of Mercenaries in Yemen?

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by William D. Hartung The recent New York Times report that the United Arab Emirates is paying, arming, and training retired soldiers from Colombia and other Latin American countries to fight in Yemen marks a troubling turning point in the… Continue Reading  

Putting Out the Syrian Fire

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by Jo Comerford and Mattea Kramer As war between President Bashar al-Assad and various rebel forces raged across Syria, as the Obama administration and the CIA armed rebel factions of their liking while continuing an air campaign against the militants… Continue Reading  

After 53 Years, Obama To Normalize Ties with Cuba

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by Jim Lobe In perhaps his boldest foreign policy move during his presidency, Barack Obama Wednesday announced that he intends to establish full diplomatic relations with Cuba. While the president noted that he lacked the authority to lift the 54-year-old… Continue Reading