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7/15/19 | Blog
A Scathing Rebuke of Trump's Arms Sales to the Gulf Could be a Turning Point
Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, R. Clarke Cooper, endured two hours of withering questions and stinging criticisms from a bipartisan group of Senators at...
6/28/19 | Fact Sheets
Security Assistance in Focus: Burkina Faso's Counterterrorism Company
In the second of SAM's Security Assistance in Focus Series, we profile on the Department of Defense's (DoD) support to Burkina Faso's Counterterrorism Company.  
6/23/19 | Fact Sheets
Security Assistance in Focus: Lebanon's Counter-Sabotage Regiment
SAM is happy to introduce the first in its Security Assistance in Focus Series, which will highlight key U.S. security assistance programs and recipients. In this first issue, we focus on the Department of Defense's (DoD) support to Lebanon's elite Mukafaha Intervention Section. 

Sam in the News

6/6/19 | News
An "Emergency" Arms Deal: Will Congress Acquiesce in Another Blow to Its Authority?
SAM's fact sheet on the arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE involved in the Trump Administration's emergency declaration are cited. Read More
5/30/19 | News
Trump bypassed Congress on Saudi weapons sale. Here's how he did it
SAM Director, Christina Arabia, is quoted in this article examining how President Trump is sidestepping congressional opposition to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
5/20/19 | News
What Went Wrong With The Somali National Army?
SAM's report on Corruption in the Defense Sector is cited in this piece that examines failures in dozens of efforts to build an effective Somali National Army while maintaining an emphasis on the importance of an army in Somalia. Read More

SAM Events

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05/22/18 | Event

The inaugural Forum on the Arms Trade annual conference, "Taking Aim: A Closer Look at the Global Arms Trade," is a half-day event that will take place at the Stimson Center on May 22, 2018. The conference will feature leading experts, journalists, and members of civil society and the government...

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