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David Cortright

David Cortright, a Sojourners contributing writer, is director of policy studies at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. His books include Ending Obama’s War: Responsible Military Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Paradigm Publishers, 2011).

Blog Posts by David Cortright

Posted by David Cortright 40 weeks 2 days ago
The crisis in Iraq poses two challenges — a humanitarian effort to rescue persecuted minorities, and a security mission to suppress the extremist threat posed by the forces of the Islamic State in...
Posted by David Cortright 1 year 25 weeks ago
The nuclear agreement with Iran is a triumph of diplomacy. It stops the expansion of Iran’s nuclear program, rolls back some of its most worrisome elements, establishes more rigorous monitoring to...
Posted by David Cortright 2 years 12 weeks ago
We’re approaching the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq — an appropriate time to reflect upon the antiwar ferment that gripped the globe at that time.Virtually the entire world opposed the U.S...
Posted by David Cortright 2 years 38 weeks ago
The United States has surpassed all records in global arms sales — a whopping $66.3 billion in armaments sold last year.Most of the weapons went to Persian Gulf nations, although India also bought...
Posted by David Cortright 3 years 23 weeks ago
Initial results from Egypt’s first round of elections produced an unexpectedly large showing for Islamists. The Freedom and Justice Party of the Muslim Brotherhood gained approximately 37 percent of...

Articles by David Cortright

The battle for hearts and minds continues, 50 years later. 

A military-only strategy won't defeat ISIS, and may even make things worse. 

U.S. intervention has been the problem in Iraq, not the solution.

Diplomatic talks with Iran could end the nuclear standoff—and more.

Working with the U.N. for a negotiated settlement has a greater chance of success than military involvement.