Foreign Policy In Focus
Institute for Policy Studies
Washington, DC, 20036
Miriam Pemberton is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, writing and speaking on demilitarization issues for its Foreign Policy In Focus project. She has recently published a report, "Military vs. Climate Security: Mapping the Shift from the Bush Years to the Obama Era," a follow-up to her other publication, "The Budgets Compared: Military vs. Climate Security." Miriam also leads a group that produces the annual “Unified Security Budget for the United States.” Formerly she was editor, researcher and finally director of the National Commission for Economic Conversion and Disarmament. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
With William Hartung of the New America Foundation, she is co-editor of the book "Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War" (Paradigm Publishers, 2008).
A Military Budget on the Wrong Side of History
February 21 - We should support the Egyptian miracle by cutting military aid and shifting it to support what will actually help Egyptians improve their standard of living. Published in Common Dreams and The Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times and The Henrietta (NY) Post.
Two Big Errors Plague Budget Reporting
February 14 - President Obama's proposed budget offers no real cuts to the Pentagon, and further spreads the divide between Defense and State Departments spending.
The Breakdown: In an Age of Austerity, Can't the US Cut the Military Budget?
February 11 - The US maintains the most expansive and expensive military on the planet. More than half of the annual budget goes towards "defense." But in the ongoing debates about the appropriate austerity measures to take, cuts to military spending have been insufficiently prioritized.