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10/10/18 | Blog
The Trump Administration's Gun Exports Plan: Implications for National Security and Human Rights

As the top firearms exporter, the United States faces significant challenges in trying to prevent the diversion or misuse of U.S. firearms around the world. In FY 2017, the State Department approved over $2.6 billion worth of firearms to over 100 countries. In many of these countries, including...

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9/12/18 | Reports
Corruption in the Defense Sector: Identifying Key Risks to U.S. Counterterrorism Aid

A report released today by the Center for International Policy’s Security Assistance Monitor finds that two-thirds of the recipients of U.S. counterterrorism aid pose serious corruption risks.  The report indicates that these risks are due to corrupt practicies such as favortisim and nepotism,...

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9/10/18 | Blog
Upcoming Event: Corruption Risks to U.S. Counterterrorism Aid

The United States has encountered serious challenges in building the capacity of foreign military and security forces to combat terrorist groups from corruption. In countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Mali, Nigeria, and...

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SAM in the News

9/24/18 | News
Why Support for U.N.-Backed Anti-Corruption Commission in Guatemala is Vital to U.S. Interests
In a rare and strong show of bipartisanship, the leadership of the U.S. Senate and House foreign relations committees wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently expressing support for a United Nations-backed anti-corruption commission in Guatemala. The President of Guatemala is taking steps... Read More
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9/14/18 | News
Counterterrorism Efforts Proving Counterproductive
In a report released this month, Corruption in the Defense Sector: Identifying Key Risks to U.S. Counterterrorism Aid, SAM found that corruption is rampant among recipients of U.S foreign security aid. The most common misuses of aid include nepotism, bribery, extortion, embezzlement, theft, and... Read More
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9/13/18 | News
Corruption in Counterterrorism Aid Programs Fuels Extremist Groups, Says New Report
A report released this month by the Center for International Policy’s Security Assistance Monitor finds that U.S. counterterrorism aid intended to bolster U.S. and its allies' efforts to combat violent extremists has also had the unintended consequence of fueling corruption and funding... Read More
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