Miriam Pemberton is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. She directs its Peace Economy Transitions Project which focuses on helping to build the foundations of a postwar economy at the federal, state and local levels. She co-chairs the Budget Priorities Working Group, the principal information-sharing collaboration of U.S. NGOs working on reducing Pentagon spending.

In addition to articles and opeds, her publications include two report series. “Military vs. Climate Security” compares federal spending on the two security domains, and argues for a shift of security resources toward mitigating climate change. “A Unified Security Budget for the United States” examined the balance of spending on military forces, homeland security and non-military foreign engagement and argues for a rebalanced security budget.

With William Hartung of the New America Foundation, she is co-editor of the book Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War (Paradigm Publishers, 2008). Formerly she was editor, researcher and finally director of the National Commission for Economic Conversion and Disarmament. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.


A Unified Security Budget for the United States, FY 2008

As Congress works to balance the budget and find a solution to the Iraq crisis it must also focus on a different kind of budget balancing.

The Plane That Won’t Die…Or Fly

Fixing a broken budget to repair a broken foreign policy.

A Cluster Bomb Treaty: Again, It’s the U.S. v. the World

The cluster bombs endangering civilians in southern Lebanon were “Made in the U.S.A.”.

Our State Among States

The Iraq War has become the face of the United States around the world and this will haunt Bush during his State of the Union address.

Wrangling Over Arms Sales to China

The U.S. gets one right? The administration opposes lifting the arms embargo on China.

Arms Trade Treaty: Let the U.S. Opt Out for Now

We might get a better treaty if the U.S. sits this one out for now.

3D Security

Foreign aid, civil military integration, military, AID, diplomacy, development, Defense Department, State Department, security

Leveraging "3D" Security: From Rhetoric to Reality

Knitting defense, development, and diplomacy together–the ups and the downsides of a real work in progress.

Poll: Fewer Guns, More Talk

FPIF’s new department War and Peace looks at the big picture of how to build a more secure world. In the debut article, Poll: Fewer Guns, More Talk, department editor Miriam Pemberton reports that the votes are already in and the winner is a new foreign policy.

Militarizing the Border While the World Burns

It’s fair to ask what the makers of exotic fighter aircraft know about wall building that a garden-variety American construction company doesn’t.

We Need Action on Real Threats At Home

The people of this country need and deserve not partisan spinning, but action on the real threats close to home.

If It Looks Like a Landmine, Smells Like a Landmine…

The Pentagon claims to have built a better landmine that targets soldiers and spares civilians. These two leaders of the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines say: Back to the drawing board.

Is This Any Way to Secure a Country?

Congress should consider the range of security tools we have–tools of offense , defense and prevention–as a whole.

A Unified Security Budget for the United States, 2007

A Unified Security Budget for the United States asks many of the questions about the security budget that members of Congress and the administration are unwilling to address while making bold recommendations for reform.

Fudging The Numbers

Before the Bush administration kicks things off with its 2007 budget request in early February, it seems bent on proving that, in the fantasy department, it can go head-to-head with Hollywood.

Addressing the Nuclear Proliferation Challenge: Cooperation is Not Capitulation

The director of the Arms Control Association debates a Fellow of the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy on the way out of the current crisis in nuclear arms control.

Getting Real(istic) About Nonproliferation

Does the current crisis over the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and Iran mean that the nuclear nonproliferation regime should be strengthened and reformed, or scrapped? Here is an argument for scrapping it.

Taking the Wind Out of the Perfect Geopolitical Storm: Iran and the Crisis over Non-proliferation

A one-stop shop for understanding the current crisis over Iran’s nuclear ambitions: the international players, the fuel cycle and major proposals for regulating it, and a policy to steer us to “calmer waters.”

Sharing–and Reducing–the Military Burden

The U.S., alone among its major allies, is planning substantial increases in military spending, despite its overwhelming worldwide military dominance.

Balancing Security and Democracy

The Bush administration heralds Indonesia as the world’s largest Muslim democracy and a crucial ally in the war on terrorism.