Trump administration 'ready to axe Peace Institute to beef up military spending'

Trump administration 'axe Institute for Peace to spend more on military'

Donald Trump's administration will reportedly axe the Institute for Peace

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Trump administration is reportedly preparing to remove the Institute for Peace as well as other government agencies in a bid to save money.

Axing the Institute for Peace will save the government $35.3 (£28.4) million a year, according to Alaraby.

Originally the institute was set up to research "nonviolent prevention and mitigation of deadly conflict abroad," with the aim of resolving conflict across the world.

However the institute has not yet been officially closed and at the moment it is not fully clear whether cuts will be made exactly as they appear in the budget.

The budget also includes cuts to foreign aid and this should help allow for a 9% increase in defence spending and a 7% increase in homeland security spend.

The closure of the Institute for Peace will only fuel concerns that the Preisdent is going to pursue a hawkish, gung-ho foreign policy. 

Mr Trump's antagonism of Mexico was one of the major themes of his campaign, and his pledge to root out "bad dudes" has caused widespread consternation. His Secretary of State, Rex Tillersen, has also said military action against North Korea is "an option on the table."