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Libya and the Perils of Regime Change

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Mar-01-2016 | Article

The 2011 intervention in Libya was praised at the time as the right way to take military action against a repressive regime. The anti-Qaddafi effort was a true coalition effort, with European allies taking the initial lead in the bombing campaign, and with political support from the Arab League. And the overthrow of the regime was accomplished without putting U.S. troops in harm's way... Read More »

More Arms to Saudi Arabia: More Mideast Conflicts

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Mar-01-2016 | Article

According to a report released this week by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia have increased by an astonishing 279% between 2011 and 2015, compared with the prior five-year period. More then three quarters of the weaponry came from the U.S. and the United Kingdom... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: U.S. Military Assistance

by William D. Hartung

NY Times, Oct-08-2015 | Letter

“U.S. Financing Fails to Sustain Foreign Forces” (front page, Oct. 4), about the routine failures of American foreign arms and training programs to meet their objectives, underscores the need for a move away from reliance on these programs as a central component of United States strategy.... Read More »

Post-Coup Leader in Burkina Faso Helped Steer U.S. Military Exercises

by Colby Goodman

Sep-18-2015 | Article

The post-coup military leader of Burkina Faso steered Burkina Faso's participation in a major U.S. counterterrorism training exercise, according to the Defense Department's Africa Command website.... Read More »

The U.S. Shouldn't Export Colombia's Drug War "Success"

by Sarah Kinosian, Lisa Haugaard, John Lindsay-Poland

InSight Crime, Jul-08-2015 | Article

The U.S. is paying Colombia to train security forces in Central America, without tracking whether this is doing good or causing harm. It's time for authorities to start asking hard questions about what lessons Colombia's military is exporting abroad... Read More »

The Security Aid Blackout: How Cloudy U.S. Security Assistance Information Hampers Effective Progress

by Colby Goodman

Publish What You Fund, Jul-08-2015 | Article

Without increased transparency, sound decision-making on security assistance is severely limited both in the United States and recipient countries. Pentagon efforts to reduce security threats and the resulting benefits to development are also stymied.... Read More »

Book Review: Arms and the Dudes

by Colby Goodman

Washington Independent Review of Books, Jun-22-2015 | Article

A gripping account of the U.S. government's unfortunate use of contractors during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars... Read More »

The Mexican Federal Police Don't Have Public Standards on When to Shoot People

by Laura Weiss

Huffington Post, Jun-15-2015 | Article

The Mexican Federal Police, Mexico's primary public security institution, does not have a public manual on the use-of-force, meaning no current standards define when a member of the police can use force, including lethal, on another person... Read More »

The Price of Peace: Why War is Bad for People, but Good for Business

by William D. Hartung

The Mark News, Apr-20-2015 | Article

A reduction of tensions in the Middle East could be bad news for Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest arms-producing corporation... Read More »

Yemen Campaign Tests U.S. Military Aid Policy


LobeLog, Apr-17-2015 | Article

As Yemen remains embroiled in conflict, the US policy to build partner capacity is being challenged. The United States cannot stop foreign countries from conducting their own foreign policy, even those receiving U.S. weapons. The airstrikes have killed innocent civilians and further destabilized a country, heightened the regional proxy war and strengthened AQAP’s hand. No easy solution exists in Yemen. However, as Operation Decisive Storm is demonstrating, building partner capacity can potentially cause as many problems as it hoped to eliminate... Read More »

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