Once Again, Trump Elevates Arms Sales Over Human Rights

Last week, circumventing objections from legislators on both sides of the aisle, Donald Trump declared an emergency to expedite more than eight billion dollars worth of arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries. In doing so, Trump continues to place the interests of the Saudi government and arms contractors over the will of Congress, and in the process undermines the security of peoples in the Middle East, Saudis included.

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Bonnie Jenkins
DIVERSITY MAKES BETTER POLICY

At a time when our global challenges are more complex than ever, it is particularly unfortunate that the decision making levers of foreign and security policy do not reflect the rich diversity of cultures and perspectives that make up the United States.

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Bonnie Jenkins
The Emissary: Lia Miller

My love for all things international, travel and expat related began at a very young age. I come from a family of adventurers and travellers who instilled their love of travel in me. My maternal grandfather was a contractor for USAID and as a result of that my mother’s formative years were spent living around the world following my grandfather’s career. After my grandfather left government work, he and my grandmother opened a travel agency, and as a youngster I always found myself there. 

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Bonnie Jenkins
RESPONSIBLE DISRUPTION

How can we encourage an atmosphere of collaboration and responsible disruption in the nuclear security field? By ensuring that all feel empowered to contribute. In my mind, the first barrier to that empowerment is whether or not you see yourself and your ideas as legitimate. Given that legitimacy is in many ways a product of public opinion, part of the mission is to influence the way the public considers who is a legitimate voice on nuclear issues and what ideas are both credible and justified.

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Bonnie Jenkins
In Search of Peace, the U.S. Must Not Sacrifice the Rights of Afghan Women

Following a stalematein December 2018, the United States recently resumed direct peace talks with Taliban officials in Doha, Qatar, in the hope of bringing an end to the 17-year-long war in Afghanistan. When Operation Enduring Freedom began on October 7, 2001, no one anticipated that the war would last this long—or be this costly. Yet, recent peace talks mark the first time in nine years of intermittent peace efforts that all sides appear to be serious about reaching a deal.

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Bonnie Jenkins
A Peace Treaty Could Be Essential to North Korean Nuclear Denuclearization

As the second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un approaches, the U.S. continues to focus its attention on the dismantlement of North Korea’s nuclear program.

Yes, but: If Trump is serious about denuclearizing North Korea, he should also use the summit with Kim Jong-un to take steps toward negotiating a peace agreement and formally ending the Korean War, noting the diplomatic engagements that have taken place between North and South Korea in 2017 that help to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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Bonnie Jenkins
Managing risk: Nuclear weapons in the new geopolitics

Since the end of the Cold War, more attention has been given to nuclear non-proliferation issues at large than to traditional issues of deterrence, strategic stability, and arms control. Given the state of current events and the re-emergence of great power competition, we are now starting to see a rebalance, with a renewed focus on questions of stability and arms control. In August 2017, Brookings Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Bruce Jones convened eight Brookings scholars and affiliates—Madelyn Creedon, Robert Einhorn, Bonnie Jenkins, Suzanne Maloney, Michael O’Hanlon, Jung Pak, Frank Rose, and Strobe Talbott—to discuss the shifting balance and prioritization of strategic stability and non-proliferation. 

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Another Furlough: The Desire to Serve Tested Again

Public service is a calling to serve others and to be proud of one’s work each day, even knowing that despite dedicating oneself to helping others that such dedication will often go unappreciated and in some cases, disrespected. But to be relegated to no more than a pawn during Congressional and Presidential funding and political disputes is unacceptable. 

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Bonnie Jenkins
Russia's election interference exposes America's Achilles' heel: Race

The tweet ranked among the top performers of Russia’s U.S. election interference operation. Let’s call it outraged working guy. It features an image of a black man with a uniformed white police officer writing something in the background. The text above the images describes an encounter that began after someone called the police on the black man, a cable worker, while he was on a job.

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Bonnie Jenkins
Bonnie Jenkins | In Her Own Words

I got started in this field in Washington D.C. while working as a Presidential Management Fellow. I’d received my Master’s in Public Administration and my Juris Doctorate degree. It was then that a mentor at the Pentagon in the International Law office asked me to a meeting where he was giving legal advice on strategic arms reduction.

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Bonnie Jenkins
Remembering 41: The foreign policy legacy of President George HW Bush

As our country mourns Bush 41’s recent passing, we are reminded of his extraordinary legacy of service. A legacy filled with so many remarkable achievements and accolades, including an unprecedented strong foreign policy background that created a pathway of success for United States global leadership entering the post-Cold War period. His success helped transform the United States into the most powerful country in the world.

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Bonnie Jenkins