Debunking Myths that Fuel Irresponsible U.S. Defense Policy

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by Colby Goodman and Taner Bertuna As President Trump continues to authorize record-breaking U.S. arms deals to Saudi Arabia and many other countries around the world and propose major increases in Pentagon spending, he is positioning himself to claim wins… Continue Reading  

Why Is the United States Still Backing Saudi Arabia in Yemen?

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by William D. Hartung This month’s White House visit by Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) underscores the growing influence of the Saudi defense minister, who is the driving force behind the kingdom’s catastrophic war in Yemen. The Obama administration… Continue Reading  

U.S. Military Assistance and Yemen

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by Colby Goodman As the humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate, the international community is increasingly questioning the involvement of external government actors there. Particularly under the microscope is the U.S. government, whose support to Yemen over the past decade has largely… Continue Reading  

Corruption in Military Aid Undermines Global Security

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by William D. Hartung This week the government of the United Kingdom is hosting a conference of leaders in business, government, and civil society aimed at tackling the urgent problem of global corruption. The conference’s stated goals are ambitious: to… Continue Reading  

Are U.S. Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Hurting its Own Interests in the Region?

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by Leah Schulz Last month the United States approved a $1.29 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia. This deal is the latest in a string of major arms sales agreements totaling $20.8 billion since the Gulf country began fighting in… Continue Reading