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Senator Lugar: Reauthorize the Export-Import Bank

By: The Indianapolis Star | 31-Jul-2014
WASHINGTON – After former Sen. Richard Lugar left the Navy in 1960, he and his brother needed to find a way to save the family's small machine manufacturing business in Indianapolis from financial failure.The Lugars got a breakthrough when a Mexican company wanted to place a sizable order for machinery used to make cookies and other baked goods. An obscure federal agency, the Export-Import Bank, underwrote the contract, the first of many sales the company made in other countries. . . . . READ MORE

The Role of Nuclear Weapons During the Crisis in Ukraine

By: Tom Moore | 29-Jul-2014
It is tempting and provocative to reevaluate Ukraine’s decision to become a Non-Nuclear Weapon State after the Russian annexation of Crimea. It is tempting because Moscow has broken some of the security assurances it made in return for Soviet nuclear weapons based in Ukraine in the early 1990s and Ukraine’s incarnation as a Non-Nuclear Weapon State Party to the NPT. It is provocative because of the ongoing debate over NATO’s nuclear future and Ukraine’s relationship to the Alliance. . . . . READ MORE

Senator Lugar on WFYI's No Limits radio show

By: WFYI | 23-Jul-2014
Host John Krull in a one-on-one interview with former Indianapolis Mayor and US Senator Richard Lugar. Lugar discusses what it's like to be out of the Senate after serving for 36 years, the divisiveness in American politics, as well as hostilities on the world stage. . . . . READ MORE

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Saving Lives Through Efficient Food Aid Delivery

By: Sen. Richard G. Lugar (Ret.) | 07-May-2014
Early this year our government made real progress in improving the way we provide food aid to chronically hungry people and those in crises. Unfortunately, recent actions by the House of Representatives threaten to undermine important reforms that would make food aid programs more effective and efficient. If the House action stands, the result will be more hungry people in the world, less efficiency in U.S. food assistance programs, and reduced benefit to U.S. diplomacy from these programs. . . . . READ MORE

Aid Effectiveness: The Way Forward for Donors and Recipients

By: Sen. Richard G. Lugar (Ret.) | 25-Apr-2014
The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) recently issued a new report, The Way Forward: A Reform Agenda for 2014 and Beyond. This policy paper is the first major product of a reformulated MFAN, and it underscores the core mission of the organization. MFAN was formed in 2008 as a coalition of organizations and leading think tanks that work with or frequently intersect U.S. development programs. MFAN functions as an advocate for policies that make U.S. foreign assistance more effective and transparent. . . . . READ MORE

The Lugar Center Launches Resources for Researchers

By: Lori Rowley and Dr. Connie Veillette | 24-Apr-2014
Global food security is indeed a complex issue. If you are unfamiliar with it or wonder what it really means, we encourage you to read a brief overview of the problem on the Global Food Security tab of our webpage. Because numerous hurdles and complexities exacerbate the challenge of achieving a food secure world, we have developed a new set of documents we are calling Resources for Researchers that we hope may better inform policy-makers, educators and citizens about the issue. With this effort, we hope to live up to our mandate to bring evidence to bear on difficult issues confronting the United States and the world. . . . . READ MORE

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