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A. Trevor Thrall

Associate Professor, George Mason University

A. Trevor Thrall is an associate professor at the Schar School of Policy & Government at George Mason University and a former senior fellow at the Cato Institute.
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Time to Rethink Arms Sales to Taiwan

Once, they might have tilted the military balance. Now they just destabilize the region.

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Some Arms Exports Are Riskier Than Others. Here’s a Tool To Tell Which Ones

The problems with selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and Turkey were hardly unpredictable.

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Selling F-16s to Taiwan Is Bad Business

The jets will inflame, not stabilize, cross-strait relations.

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The False Promises of Trump’s Arms Sales

U.S. export deals are undermining regional stability and sending jobs abroad.

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Cancel Turkey’s F-35s — and Maybe Its NATO Membership As Well

Sending America’s most advanced fighters to Ankara will do greater harm than good to U.S. interests — and that should give its allies pause.

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Yemen Shows Why US Needs to Change Its Arms Sales Policy


A Senate resolution to reduce U.S. participation in Yemen's war failed, but policymakers seeking to reduce complicity in the humanitarian crisis have another option.

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The Saudi Deal Shows Just How Broken the US Arms Export Process Has Become

A system meant to keep weapons sales from undermining U.S. national security has become a sham.

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Resettling Syria's Refugees Would Be Cheaper Than Widening the War

It would also be morally and practically superior to the West's current selective intervention.