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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, Abigail Poe Akre

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 »

Greater Transparency Can Improve U.S. Security Assistance Programs

by Abigail Poe Akre, William D. Hartung

Sunshine Week, Mar-12-2015 | Article

Security assistance – the arming and training of foreign military and police forces – is a crucial tool of U.S. foreign policy. The goal of this type of assistance is to foster stability, bolster allies, and promote human rights and good governance. Done well, these programs can make all of us safer by preventing or reducing armed conflict. Done poorly, they can be used to undermine human rights, fuel conflict, and enable corruption on the part of recipient governments... Read More »

U.S. Support for Mexico's Drug War Goes Beyond Guns and Money

by Angelika Albaladejo, Mike LaSusa

Truth Out, Dec-01-2014 | Article

In spite of widely acknowledged and rampant corruption in Mexico's security and law enforcement institutions, implicated in the September disappearance of more than 40 college students, the United States continues to supply the country with well over $100 million per year in military and police assistance... Read More »

U.S. Restricts Police Aid to Africa Over Effects of Anti-LGBT Law

by Colby Goodman

Amnesty USA, Jul-28-2014 | Article

The Obama Administration has suspended U.S. security assistance to Uganda in connection with its new “Anti-Homosexuality Act,” raising the possibility of similar U.S. restrictions for other African states on the eve of the U.S.-Africa Summit... Read More »

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