Spend More on the Climate, Less on the Military

Spend More on the Climate, Less on the Military

As deserts expand and droughts persist, desperate people begin fighting over the water that remains. Elsewhere, rising sea levels create mass migrations. These portraits of human tragedy caused by climate change have become environmental security threats that the U.S....
Okinawa and the Changing U.S.-Japan Alliance

Okinawa and the Changing U.S.-Japan Alliance

For the past 60 years, the Japanese have relied on the U.S. military to underwrite their national security, thus allowing them to pursue a pragmatic strategy of economic development as the core of their domestic and foreign policy. This strategy has achieved mixed...

War Crimes Then and Now

In an earlier era, in an earlier war, the recent exposés from Iraq and Afghanistan – with their shocking images, appalling laughter, video-game ethos – would have ‘shocked the conscience of the nation.’ In an earlier era, in an earlier...
The Pentagon’s Runaway Budget

The Pentagon’s Runaway Budget

With his decision to boost defense spending, President Obama is continuing the process of re-inflating the Pentagon that began in late 1998 — fully three years before the 9/11 attacks on America. The FY 2011 budget marks a milestone, however: The...

Mass Transit Helps Cut Global Warming and War

Two subway cars on Washington, D.C.’s Red Line — which I usually ride to work — recently collided. It was the worst accident in this subway’s history, killing nine D.C. residents and injuring scores of others. The National Transportation Safety...

Military vs. Climate Security

Accepting his Nobel Peace Prize, Al Gore called on the nations of the world to mobilize to avert climate disaster “with a sense of urgency and shared resolve that has previously been seen only when nations have mobilized for war.” This report measures in...

Just Security: Conclusion

Albert Beveridge was a promising politician in his thirties when he stood up to speak in favor of war and the promotion of democracy to his peers in the U.S. Senate. A historian, Beveridge unabashedly called for the United States to remake the globe. “We will...