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    • Released February 18, 2009
    The U.S. and Afghan Tragedy
    By Khushal Arsala and Stephen Zunes
    One of the first difficult foreign policy decisions of the Obama administration will be what the United States should do about Afghanistan. Escalating the war, as National Security Advisor Jim Jones has been encouraging, will likely make matters worse. At the same time, simply abandoning the country — as the United States did after the overthrow of Afghanistan's Communist government soon after the Soviet withdrawal 20 years ago — would lead to another set of serious problems.
    • Released September 22, 2008
    Executive Summary for 'A Unified Security Budget for the United States'
    By Miriam Pemberton

    At a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in July, Eric Edelman, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, said: “We all agree that a militarized foreign policy is not in our interests.” He’s right. Since 2004, the annual Unified Security Budget report has outlined and promoted a rebalancing of resources funding offense (military forces), defense (homeland security), and prevention (non-military international engagement, including diplomacy, nonproliferation, foreign aid, peacekeeping, and contributions to international organizations.)

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    • Released September 22, 2008
    A Unified Security Budget for the United States, FY 2009
    By Lawrence Korb and Miriam Pemberton

    In this fifth annual edition of the “Unified Security Budget,” as with the previous four editions, a non-partisan task force of military, homeland security, and foreign policy experts laid out the facts of the imbalance between military and non-military spending. The ratio of funding for military forces vs. non-military international engagement in the Bush administration’s proposed budget for the 2009 fiscal year has widened to 18:1 from 16:1 in the 2008 fiscal year, according to the report.

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