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2/3/16 | Blog
Grasp the Chance for Peace in Colombia, But Don't Forget the Brutal War

"I have never seen a day of peace in my life," Colombian civil society leaders have told me. As President Juan Manuel Santos visits Washington on February 3 and 4, 2016, there's hope they may see such a day.

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2/2/16 | Blog
Newly Acquired DOD Report Reveals Majority of Coalition Support Funds to Pakistan, Jordan

Security Assistance Monitor recently acquired the Department of Defense’s 2015 fourth quarter report on the Coalition Support Fund program through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. 

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1/4/16 | Blog
Are U.S. Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Hurting its Own Interests in the Region?

Last month the United States approved a $1.29 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia. This deal is the latest in a string of major arms sales agreements totaling $20.8 billion since the Gulf country began fighting in Yemen against the Houthi rebels in March 2015. In addition, from 2009-14 the United...

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2/5/16 | News
U.N. Reports New Rape Accusations Against Peacekeepers in Central African Republic
Investigators have discovered a string of new cases in which U.N. peacekeepers allegedly sexually abused or exploited women and girls in the Central African Republic, widening a scandal that has sent shock waves through the United Nations and threatens to undermine one of its most crucial missions.
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2/5/16 | News
With China’s Naval Base, Djibouti Could Become ‘Africa’s Singapore’
Some 4,800 miles from Beijing, China is expected soon to start construction of its newest naval base in Djibouti, a tiny African nation where the mouth of the Red Sea meets the vast Indian Ocean. The permanent facility will be China’s first overseas military outpost, granting Beijing access to the...
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2/5/16 | News
Q&A: Inside America’s Military Build-Up in Africa
Officially, the United States has one military base in Africa. Unofficially, the story is a little different, according to investigative journalist Nick Turse. Turse has uncovered a massive network of secret U.S. military locations that span the length and breadth of the continent, an unmistakeable...
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02/08/16 | Event
Join us for a live webcast on February 8 as a senior foreign policy advisor to Iraqi Kurdish President Barzani discusses the state of U.S.-...
02/08/16 | Event

Join us for a live webcast on February 8 as a senior foreign policy advisor to Iraqi Kurdish President Barzani discusses the state of U.S.-Kurdish military cooperation, the situation in Iraq and Syria, Kurdistan's economic needs, and the...