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6/13/17 | Blog
Two U.S. Lobbying Firms Push Discredited Information on Yemen Conflict

As Congress prepares for a vote today on a proposed sale of U.S. precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen, there are growing concerns about Saudi-funded U.S. lobbying firms pushing faulty information about the Yemen conflict.

5/30/17 | Fact Sheets
FY 2018 Budget Breakdown: An Overview of Major Changes in U.S. Security Assistance Programs

The Trump administration's budget request for fiscal year 2018 presents significant cuts and policy changes to the State Department's international security assistance and peacekeeping operations. The information below compares Trump's budget blueprint with FY 2017 appropriations and identifies...

5/17/17 | Fact Sheets
Total U.S. Arms Sales Notifications Under the Trump Administration

U.S. arms sales notifications under the Trump administration total over $48B.



9/19/17 | News
Loving USAID to Death
This LobeLog article links to the Security Assistance Monitor site in reference to the security assistance that is provided by the Department of State and the Department of Defense globally and the need for improved accountability in foreign aid resources.
9/18/17 | News
The United States Munitions List: When Guns Come Off of the ITAR
This article talks about U.S. efforts to move oversight of some firearms and ammunition exports from the State Department to the Commerce Department and how the move might benefit the U.S. firearms industry and exporters.
9/18/17 | News
US arms sale to Bahrain raises questions about sustainability
This article questions to recent US sales of top level fighter jets along with other supplies, arguing that Bahrain may not get the most effective use out of the weapon systems.

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09/22/17 | Event


Please join the Atlantic Council and the Charles Koch Institute for a debate on whether the US should provide Ukraine with lethal weapons.

While no decision has yet been taken, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in Kyiv that “Defensive weapons are not provocative unless you...

09/25/17 | Event

“Donald Trump promised to do a great deal more in the Middle East than his immediate predecessors, but with much less,” Hudson Institute fellows Michael Doran and Peter Rough wrote recently in Mosaic magazine. “That is, he would achieve significantly more than Barack Obama at a much smaller...

09/25/17 | Event

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female head of state and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, will soon mark her country’s first peaceful, democratic handover of a head of state to a successor since 1944. Join the U.S. Institute of Peace, the International Republican...