William D. Hartung

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William D. Hartung "is the President's Fellow at the World Policy Institute at the New School. He is an expert on the arms trade and military spending, and the author of And Weapons for All (HarperCollins, 1995), a critique of U.S. arms sales policies from the Nixon through Clinton administrations. Mr. Hartung directs the Institute's Arms Trade Resource Center, which provides the media, policymakers, and the public with timely research and information on the issue of global weapons proliferation.

"Prior to his tenure at the World Policy Institute, Mr. Hartung served as a speechwriter and policy analyst for New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams, and as a project director at the New York-based Council on Economic Priorities. He has written, co-authored, or contributed chapters to numerous books and studies, including Ann Markusen, editor, America's Peace Dividend (Columbia International Affairs Online, 2001), Martha Honey and Tom Barry, editors, Global Focus: U.S. Foreign Policy at the Turn of the Millennium (St. Martin's, 2000), Leon V. Sigal, editor, The Changing Dynamics of U.S. Defense Spending (Praeger, 1999), Tangled Web: The Marketing of Missile Defense 1994-2000, Welfare for Weapons Dealers 1998: The Hidden Costs of NATO Expansion (World Policy Institute, 1998); Peddling Arms, Peddling Influence (World Policy Institute, 1997); U.S. Weapons at War (World Policy Institute, 1995); Star Wars: The Economic Fallout (Ballinger Press, 1987); and The Economic Consequences of a Nuclear Freeze (Council on Economic Priorities, 1983). His articles on the arms trade and the economics of military spending have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsday, USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, Harper's, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and the World Policy Journal.

"In his spare time, Bill Hartung is a stand-up comedian, specializing in political humor. He has performed at Standup New York, the Comic Strip, and Café Underground, as well as at receptions and annual gatherings of progressive organizations like Peace Action, the Friends Committee on National Legislation, and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

"Mr. Hartung graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University with a BA in Philosophy (1978). He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the International Studies Association, and serves on the advisory boards of the Human Rights Watch Arms Project, the Indonesia Human Rights Network, along with Foreign Policy in Focus." [1]

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  1. William D. Hartung, Foreign Policy in Focus, accessed July 8, 2007.