Burning Issues: Is Our Military Big Enough?

Burning Issues: Is Our Military Big Enough?

What should voters make of claims from Republican presidential candidates and lawmakers that our military is weak and underfunded? According to Miriam Pemberton, a research fellow and defense expert at the Institute for Policy Studies, voters should be very wary....
Grounds for Doubt

Grounds for Doubt

Late last week, the Kurdish military in Iraq released video purportedly showing U.S.-Kurdish commando operation against ISIS in Hawija. A U.S. soldier was killed during that operation, who happens to be the first American soldier killed during combat since 2011, when...
The Real Meaning of ‘Collateral Damage’

The Real Meaning of ‘Collateral Damage’

The destruction of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, with 22 dead so far, including doctors, other staff and patients, capped a week that also saw the bombing of​ another hospital in Afghanistan, plus the U.S.-backed Saudi Arabian bombing of a...
Don’t Go Back to Iraq!

Don’t Go Back to Iraq!

This is how wars begin. Barack Obama says we’re not going back to Iraq. “American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq,” he said on June 19th, “but we will help Iraqis as they take the fight to terrorists who threaten the Iraqi people, the region, and...
Syria: Crisis & Response

Syria: Crisis & Response

It appears as if the U.S. is inching ever closer to some kind of military intervention in Syria. Join us for a discussion with subject matter experts about what course of action would be best for the U.S. regarding the current conflict in Syria. Panelists include:...
Syria and the Sham of Humanitarian Intervention

Syria and the Sham of Humanitarian Intervention

I continue to be amazed with the ease with which the dividing line is blurred between what is real and what is fiction in the reporting on Syria by the Western media. The press in the U.S. continues to dutifully report on the “objective diplomacy” by the Obama...
Syria: We need to stop a new war in the Middle East

Syria: We need to stop a new war in the Middle East

Plans for an international peace conference on Syria are looking very shaky. Even as the US and Russia continue collaborating on plans for such a meeting, arms shipments on all sides continue to threaten even greater escalation. Arms flows to Syrian rebel forces from...
Hawaii: Head of the Tentacled Beast

Hawaii: Head of the Tentacled Beast

This article is part of a weekly FPIF series on the Obama administration’s “Pacific Pivot,” which examines the implications of the U.S. military buildup in the Asia-Pacific—both for regional politics and for the so-called “host”...
We’re Fighting in a War We Lost Before the War Began

We’re Fighting in a War We Lost Before the War Began

It shouldn’t surprise anyone, but support for the longest U.S. war is dropping further and faster than ever. The latest national U.S. poll, released on May 9, shows 66 percent of Americans are against the war in Afghanistan – with 40 percent...
Iran and Post-Withdrawal Iraq

Iran and Post-Withdrawal Iraq

With the United States formally ending its military operations in Iraq, many analysts are beginning to examine Iran’s deep influence in the country. In light of of Iran’s growing tensions with the West over its burgeoning nuclear program, Tehran’s...
State of the Union’s Foreign Policy: Unilateral Triumphalism

State of the Union’s Foreign Policy: Unilateral Triumphalism

In his State of the Union address last night, President Barack Obama began with what is widely perceived to be his strong suit: foreign policy. The nation is safer under his watch, he reassured his audience, now that Osama bin Laden is gone, al-Qaeda is broken, and...
Close the U.S. Military Base in Okinawa, Japan

Close the U.S. Military Base in Okinawa, Japan

U.S. military bases in Okinawa have been the source of dramatic controversy in Japan and the US for decades. Many in Okinawa have criticized U.S. bases for the dangers they pose. These include military accidents, environmental and health damage, and crimes committed...

Okinawan Delegation Visits DC for Base Closure

A delegation of politicians, lawyers, activists and students from Okinawa, Japan, will travel to Washington, DC, from January 21 to January 27 to advocate for the closure of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma. The delegation of 24 Japanese leaders will hold a...