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Trump Admin. Continues Spike in Counterterrorism Aid to Africa

by Security Assistance Monitor

Security Assistance Monitor, May-16-2018 | Press Release

U.S. Counterterrorism Aid Globally Increasingly Focused on Foreign Militaries, Border Security, and Anti-Radicalization... Read More »

Donald Trump Is America’s Number-One Weapon Salesman

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, Apr-04-2018 |

And he couldn’t be prouder of the job he’s doing... Read More »

Selling Arms as if There Were No Tomorrow

by Security Assistance Monitor, William D. Hartung

TomDispatch, Apr-01-2018 | Article

Few American exports are more successful globally than things that go boom in the night: Hollywood movies -- especially, of course, superhero films, which regularly garner vast international audiences -- and advanced weaponry of just about every imaginable kind... Read More »

15 Years Later, CIP Commemorates Disastrous US Choices in Iraq

by CIP

Mar-19-2018 | Article

On the 15h Anniversary of the Iraq War, Center for International Policy experts comment on the disastrous choices the US has made in Iraq since 2003... Read More »

Five dangers of giving the Commerce Department oversight of firearms exports

by Rachel Stohl, Colby Goodman

Defense News, Sep-25-2017 |

U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Buy American” agenda is taking a potentially deadly turn, with the administration expected to issue new regulations that would make it easier for U.S. firearms and related ammunition to reach terrorists, criminal organizations and corrupt and abusive foreign security forces... Read More »

Debunking Myths that Fuel Irresponsible U.S. Defense Policy

by Taner Bertuna, Colby Goodman

Lob Log, Jun-30-2017 |

As President Trump continues to authorize record-breaking U.S. arms deals to Saudi Arabia and many other countries around the world and propose major increases in Pentagon spending, he is positioning himself to claim wins on two of his campaign promises: build a military that is “gonna be so strong nobody’s gonna mess with us,” and increase U.S. jobs... Read More »

Commerce Department Boosts Arms Sales Deliveries to Record High

by Colby Goodman

LobeLog, Mar-01-2017 |

U.S. arms sales deliveries jumped to more than $25 billion in FY 2015, increasing the total value of U.S. arms deliveries by at least $5 billion over recent years, according to latest data from several U.S. government reports. The major increase in U.S. arms sales deliveries comes from a relatively new Commerce Department program established in part to help U.S. companies export certain types of military equipment more easily. Some arms industry associations are already urging the Trump administration to further reduce controls on defense companies exporting arms, but it’s too early to tell what specific controls the administration would seek to reduce... Read More »

Why Haven’t We Defeated al-Shabaab?

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, Jan-30-2017 |

“We’ve been fighting al-Shabaab for a decade, why haven’t we won?” the Trump transition team asked the State Department. To foreign policy professionals, such questions may sound naïve and uninformed. They may reflect “an overwhelmingly negative and disparaging outlook” on Africa, as one expert characterized them, and extreme skepticism about the value of foreign aid. But rather than debating the motives of those asking the questions, the national security establishment ought to seize the opportunity to reexamine some long-standing assumptions... Read More »

Pentagon will finally find out if it pays to assist foreign armies

by Diana Ohlbaum

The Hill, Jan-25-2017 |

Since 9/11, the U.S. government has spent more than $250 billion to strengthen the security forces of over 130 countries. Yet there is remarkably little information about what is working, how and why... Read More »

Trump and Security Assistance

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LobeLog, Nov-22-2016 |

U.S. security assistance has become one of the major foreign policy tools of the U.S. government since 9/11 to combat terrorism abroad, but this assistance is increasingly criticized for failing to achieve its objectives and in some cases exacerbating problems... Read More »

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