Costs of Obama’s Wars Mount: More Troops, Chemical Weapons, and Veterans

Costs of Obama’s Wars Mount: More Troops, Chemical Weapons, and Veterans

November 8, 2014 at 11:57 am

Dr. Michael Shank, associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses the US war in Iraq, recent news of 600 troops exposed to chemical weapons, the deployment of 1500 more US troops, […]

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The End of American Influence in the World?

The End of American Influence in the World?

November 5, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Dr. Michael Shank, associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses the possible end of American influence in the world and how the US can restore its social, economic, and diplomatic standing. […]

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US-Afghanistan Security Deal Demonstrates Poor Policy Priorities

US-Afghanistan Security Deal Demonstrates Poor Policy Priorities

September 30, 2014 at 12:03 am

Michael Shank, PhD, associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses with Al Jazeera English the US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement and US military presence in Afghanistan. Video courtesy of AJE.

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The White House’s War-Centric Foreign Policy

The White House’s War-Centric Foreign Policy

September 26, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Michael Shank, PhD, associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s school for conflict analysis and resolution, sits down with CCTV’s Jessica Stone to discuss Barack Obama’s foreign policy. Video courtesy of CCTV

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Iraq’s Islamic State and Failed US Military and Diplomatic Policies

Iraq’s Islamic State and Failed US Military and Diplomatic Policies

August 26, 2014 at 12:19 am

Michael Shank, Ph.D., associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, joins CCTV’s Mike Walters to discuss the Islamic State in Iraq, the international community’s response, and the failed US military and diplomatic […]

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Obama’s Air Strikes, Drone Strikes and Diplomacy in Iraq

Obama’s Air Strikes, Drone Strikes and Diplomacy in Iraq

June 16, 2014 at 11:03 am

Michael Shank, Ph.D., Associate Director for Legislative Affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and Adjunct Faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses the White House’s military-first approach in Iraq, why diplomacy with regional Sunni-Shia states is necessary, and how America’s previous policies in […]

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The Militarization of America’s Main Streets

The Militarization of America’s Main Streets

March 12, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Michael Shank, Ph.D., Associate Director for Legislative Affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and Adjunct Faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses on RT the militarization of America’s main streets and US police forces via the Defense Department’s “1033 program” and the Department […]

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Waste Surges As Defense Industry Controls Congress, Pentagon

Waste Surges As Defense Industry Controls Congress, Pentagon

October 8, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Michael Shank, Ph.D., Director of Foreign Policy at FCNL and Adjunct Faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses on RT the latest example of the Pentagon’s wasteful spending with the graveyarding of new Air Force cargo planes in Arizona.  Dr. Shank highlights the role the […]

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US Defense Dept Destroying Billions Worth of Gear in Afghanistan

June 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Michael Shank, Director of Foreign Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and Adjunct Professor at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses the US Defense Department’s plan to scrap over $7 billion worth of military equipment in Afghanistan, including over 2,000 Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles, or […]

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Pentagon and Defense Contractor Corruption and the War Profiteering Problem

June 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Michael Shank, Director of Foreign Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and Adjunct Professor at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses the latest Pentagon corruption scandal in which Boeing overbilled the Defense Department by nearly $14 million.  Shank discusses the pervasiveness of corruption, waste, […]

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