SAM in the News

Security Assistance Monitor is a leading source for information and analysis on U.S. military and police aid, training and arms sales. Our interactive databases and staff are regularly sought after by  the press for the most comprehensive and up-to-date data on U.S. security assistance around the world and for our insights on related trends and policies in such assistance. This page provides a selected feed of recent articles quoting SAM. For media inquiries, please contact Christina Arabia at christina@ciponline.org

 

Key Lawmaker Wants U.S. to Defriend Pakistan
DEFENSE NEWS | JUNE 22, 2017

SAM's data was used to provide context on recent arms sales and security aid to Pakistan. 

Corruption Undermining Paraguay Efforts to Combat Drug Flights
INSIGHT CRIME | JUNE 2, 2017

SAM's blog post on narco-corruption in Paraguay is cited in this article on weak aviation controls and corruption that have allowed aeriel drug trafficking to thrive in the country. 

DoD's $1.8B Train-and-Equip Request Forecasts Chaos After ISIS
DEFENSE NEWS | JUNE 1, 2017

SAM Program Manager Seth Binder provides insight into the Counter-ISIS Train and Equip Fund's assistance for Iraq's Counter Terrorism Service. 

FY18 Budget Request Cuts $1B From State's Foreign Military Financing
DEFENSE NEWS | MAY 23, 2017

SAM Director Colby Goodman is quoted in this article examining Trump's proposed cuts to Foreign Military Financing (FMF) and the proposed changes to how FMF is administered.

Trump Budget Proposal Slashes Obama's Counterterror Partnerships Fund
DEFENSE NEWS | MAY 23, 2017

SAM Director Colby Goodman is quoted in this article discussing Trump's budget which includes steep cuts to former President Obama's signature counterterrorism training program, but maintains billions of dollars for train-and-equip efforts.

The War You've Never Heard Of
VICE NEWS | MAY 18, 2017

SAM Director Colby Goodman is quoted in this article that reveals exclusive documents from the Special Operations Command in Africa detailing the extent of U.S. military engagement in Africa.

A Roadmap for US Engagement with Colombia
THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL | MAY 2017

SAM's data on U.S. aid to Colombia is used in this report that assesses U.S. policy toward Colombia and details the extensive implications for U.S. national security interests.

Syrian Kurds are Now Armed with Sensitive US Weaponry, and the Pentagon Denies Supplying It
MILITARY TIMES | MAY 7, 2017

SAM Program Manager Seth Binder is quoted in this article stating that the Syrian Kurds are newly armed with American combat equipment that the Pentagon denies providing.

U.S. Sharply Increases Military Training for Middle East Allies
FORBES | MAY 4, 2017

This article uses SAM's data and recent analysis to explain the sharp increase in the amount of military training the United States provides to countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

East Africa: For Uganda and Ethiopia, It's $200M Less in US Aid
THE EAST AFRICAN | MAY 3,  2017

This article uses SAM's data to show which African countries received the most U.S. aid in the past few years in order to determine which countries will be ost affected by Trump's budget cuts.

Putting the Pieces Together: A Global Guide to U.S. Security Aid Programs
WOLA | APRIL 27, 2017

This report uses SAM's data on security assistance programs and sheds new light on the increasing number of Defense Department-funded US security aid programs.

Planned Cuts to US Foreign Aid Could Harm Security in LatAm
INSIGHT CRIME | APRIL 26,  2017

This article utilizes SAM's data in discussing how cuts to American foreign aid may weaken efforts to combat organized crime and insecurity in Latin America.

How Does the U.S. Spend its Foreign Aid?
THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS | APRIL 11, 2017

The author references a previous article using SAM's data and analysis to explain which countries receive the most U.S. military aid.

Addresing the Myths Surrounding U.S. Foreign Aid
PBS NEWSHOUR | APRIL 10,  2017

The author uses SAM's data to show top recipients of U.S. economic and security aid.

U.S. Boosts Special Forces Training in Central Asia
EURASIANET.ORG | MARCH 28,  2017

The author utilizes SAM's data in an article discussing the increase in special forces training in Central Asia for counternarcotics and transnational organized-crime missions over the last two years.

Want to Make Budget Cuts? Start Here
THE NEW YORK TIMES | MARCH 17,  2017

SAM's data is used to show the cost and scale of the Pentagon's arms and training programs in an article arguing that budget cuts should come from military aid instead of domestic programs.

Commerce Department Boosts Arms Sales Delieveries to Record High
LOBE LOG | MARCH 1,  2017

SAM Director Colby Goodman discusses the role of the Commerce Department's new 600 Series program in the drastic increase of U.S. arms sales deliveries.

Report: Arms Transfers to Mexico Spike 184 Percent; US the Top Supplier
CNSNEWS.COM | FEBRUARY 22,  2017

SAM Director Colby Goodman is quoted in this article on the U.S. role in the dramatic increase of military equipment purchases and transfers to Mexico.

Training Wreck
THE AMERICAN INTEREST | FEBRUARY 7,  2017

The author uses SAM's data on types and amount of military and police aid provided by the United States in an article arguing that security assistance is ill suited for winning wars.

Big Game: U.S. Soldiers' Secret Hunt for Jihadists in a Kenyan Forest
THE DAILY BEAST | FEBRUARY 8,  2017

The author references data from a SAM factsheet on U.S. Counterterrorism Aid to Kenya in an article examining U.S. security aid to Kenya in the fight against al-Shabaab.

Securing Development: Public Finance and the Security Sector
THE WORLD BANK | DECEMBER 2016

The book references SAM's data on U.S. military assistance.

Trump Administration Reviews Foreign Aid in Obama's Final Months in Office
THE WASHINGTON POST | JANUARY 25, 2017

The author references a previous article using SAM's data and analysis to explain the U.S. foreign assistance budget.

President Obama's Legacy: Arms Exporter in Chief
THE CIPHER BRIEF | JANUARY 20, 2017

The author quotes SAM Director Colby Goodman and uses SAM's data in an article on President Obama's foreign policy approach and the record high arms sales during his administration. 

Why Haven't We Defeated al-Shabab?
LOBE LOG | JANUARY 18, 2017

In an article examining some of the failures in U.S. security cooperation programs the author cites SAM's data and analysis on U.S. military and police aid. 

Pentagon Program Trained Foreign Torturers & Rapists
THE DAILY BEAST | JANUARY 17, 2017

The Center for Public Integrity features an in-depth article using SAM's research and analysis to help uncover the extent that U.S. military trained foreign officers later committed human rights violations.

NDAA Gives State More Authority to Oversee Security Aid
CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY | JANUARY 10, 2017

Director of SAM, Colby Goodman is quoted discussing the increased oversight for security assistance programs given to the State Department in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017. 

Untangling the Web: A Blueprint for Reforming American Security Sector Assistance
OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS | JANUARY 2017

SAM's data is cited to demonstrate the rapid increase in U.S. security sector assistance spending in the post 9/11 years and highlight the Defense Department's growing role in U.S. engagement with foreign security sectors.

Questions Arise About Large Palestinian Security Budget
AL-MONITOR | DECEMBER 23, 2016

SAM Program Manager Seth Binder is quoted and our data is used to demonstrate the significant decrease in U.S. funding for the Palestinian security sector. 

U.S. Halts Some Saudi Arms Sales over Yemen Deaths Concerns
STARS AND STRIPES | DECEMBER 13, 2016

Bill Hartung's blog post is referenced to highlight the $115 billion worth of arms sales to Saudi Arabia that the Obama administration has overseen.

Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia: The Kingdom Hires a Powerful Former Lawmaker to Lobby Trump White House and Congress
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES | NOVEMBER 23, 2016

Program Manager Seth Binder is quoted and our data is used to discuss Saudi Arabia's hiring of former-Representative Buck McKeon as a lobbyist.

Obama's Final Arms-Export Tally More than Doubles Bush's
DEFENSE ONE | NOVEMBER 8, 2016

Defense One quotes Bill Hartung, highlighting the fact that Saudi Arabia has been the largest recipient of arms sales during the Obama administration. 

Two Candidates, Six Issues, and a Region Ignored
INSIGHT CRIME | NOVEMBER 4, 2016

Using our data, the authors provide a comprehensive overview of U.S. security assistance (military aid, arms sales and trainings) to Latin America and the Caribbean throughout the Obama Administration and analyze the expected security assitance policies of the two U.S. presidential candidates. 

What a Real Review of U.S. Military to Saudi Arabia Would Say
WAR ON THE ROCKS | OCTOBER 26, 2016

Two of SAM's publications were cited to highlight the magnitude of U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia under the Bush and Obama administrations.

Spies for Hire: How the UAE is Recruiting Hackers to Create the Perfect Surveillance State 
THE INTERCEPT | OCTOBER 24, 2016

Director of SAM, Colby Goodman is quoted discussing the how International Traffic on Arms Regulations apply to classifed information. 

State's Culture Hampers Push for Security Aid, Experts Say
CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY | OCTOBER 24, 2016

Director of SAM, Colby Goodman is quoted discussing the lackluster efforts in Congress and the State Department to ensure that legal authority for security assistance remains under the State Department. 

Leveraging U.S. Power in the Middle East: A Blueprint for Strengthening Regional Partnerships
CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS | OCTOBER 19, 2016

In this report, the authors utilize our data on U.S. arms sales and security aid to support their section on U.S. security assistance. 

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the U.S. Foreign Assistance Budget
THE WASHINGTON POST | OCTOBER 18, 2016

The Washington Post extensively draws on our data to provide a comprehensive overview of U.S. security assistance, drawing on our military aid and arms sales data as well as other information provided on our website. 

U.S. Shifts Egypt Aid to Other Countries
AL-MONITOR | OCTOBER 17, 2016

The author uses our data to illustrate current levels of U.S. security aid to Tunisia, noting that it is down  $10 million from last year's request. 

Congressional Saudi Appeasers Hide Behind Faux Concerns about Americans' Liability
THE WORLD POST | SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

Robert Naiman uses our fact sheets to put into perspective the threat that Saudi Arabia would stop buying U.S. weapons after Congress overrode President Obama's veto on the "Saudi 9/11 bill".

Congress May Have Transformed U.S.-Saudi Relations While Overriding Obama's Veto
REASON.COM | SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Reason.com highlights William D. Hartung's report in order to illustrate the scale of the U.S.-Saudi arms transfer history under the Obama administration.

You Must Be Kidding! Adventures in an American World of Frustration
TOM DISPATCH | SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

Tom Dispatch references CIP's William D. Hartung's data on U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia under the Obama administration.

Both House and Senate Move to Block Tank Sale to Saudi Arabia
THE WASHINGTON POST | SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

CIP's William D. Hartung's data is used to showcase the over $100 billion worth of arms sales to Saudi Arabia under the Obama administration.

The Pitfalls of the Pentagon Taking the Lead on U.S. Security Assistance
WORLD POLITICS REVIEW | SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

Our data is used to illustrate the Pentagon's expanding role in providing U.S. security assistance.

Saudi Arabia Appears to be Using U.S.-Supplied White Phosphorous in its War in Yemen
THE WASHINGTON POST | SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

The Washington Post highlights CIP's William D. Hartung's new report on U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the war in Yemen.

Israel Gives Up Little to Get Largest Ever U.S. Arms Deal
LOBE LOG | SEPTEMBER 15, 2016

Program Manager Seth Binder breaks down the new 10-year U.S. military aid deal with Israel worth $38 billion.

Will 9/11 Lawsuit Vote Sabotage U.S. Arms Sales to Riyadh
AL-MONITOR | SEPTEMBER 9, 2016

Al Monitor highlights CIP's William D. Hartung's new report on U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the war in Yemen.

Obama Administration Offered $115bn in Weapons to Saudi Arabia: Report
THE GUARDIAN | SEPTEMBER 8, 2016

The Guardian uses our fact sheets to show how the Obama administration has offered to sell $115bn in weapons to Saudi Arabia, more than any previous U.S. administration. 

How Defense Dollars Are Wasted on Security Assistance
NATIONAL CENTER FOR POLICY ANALYSIS | SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

Our data is used by the authors to provide information on U.S. security assistance to Somalia. 

What the U.S. Military Doesn't Know (and Neither Do You)
TOM DISPATCH | SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

Director of SAM, Colby Goodman is quoted discussing the lack of transparency by the Defense Department-funded security assistance.

From Iraq to Egypt to Yemen, Growing Dangers of Runaway U.S. Arms Trafficking
THE HUFFINGTON POST | AUGUST 26, 2016

Our publication on applying the Leahy Law to U.S. military and police aid is used to show that oversight of military aid to Egypt and others is lax.

U.S. Security Assistance and Terrorism: An Inconvenient Truth
POLITICAL VIOLENCE @ A GLANCE | AUGUST 19, 2016

Our data is used to help the author show that increased secuity assistance may in fact be increasing violence.

El Salvador's MS13 Gang Sought Big Guns in Mexico, Guatemala
INSIGHT CRIME | AUGUST 12, 2016

Sarah Kinosian's blog post on El Salvador's gun markets is used to analyze arm purchases by the MS13 in Mexico and Guatemala.

Argentina Militarizing Fight Against Crime with Help from US, Israel
INSIGHT CRIME | AUGUST 9, 2016

Our data is used to compare the amount of U.S. security aid given to Argentina over the past three years. 

Kenya's Counterterrorism Approach is Floundering
THE NATIONAL INTEREST | AUGUST 4, 2016

Our data is cited to highlight the shortcomings of Kenya's current counterterrorism strategy despite being the largest recipient of U.S. counterterrorism assistance in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The United States is Trying to Keep Military Aid Away from Iran's Proxies in Iraq
WAR IS BORING | AUGUST 2, 2016

SAM Program Manager and Research Associated Seth Binder is quoted on the lack of end-use monitoring of U.S. foreign military assistance and how this aid can reach unintended recipients.

There's No Business Like the Arms Business
TOM DISPATCH | JULY 26, 2016

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung authors a piece on the growing global arms trade and the role the United States has in its expansion.

State Department and Pentagon Tussle Over Control of Foreign Military Aid
THE WASHINGTON POST | JULY 10, 2016

SAM's data is cited to highlight the ongoing battle between officials in the Departments of State and Defense over the proper role and contol of foreign military aid

Improving U.S. Anticorruption Policy in Nigeria
COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS | JULY, 2016

SAM's data on military and police aid to Nigeria are cited in the CFR corruption brief on how to improve U.S. anticorruption policy in Nigeria.

America's Security Strategy in Tunisia is Failing
THE NATIONAL INTEREST | JUNE 30, 2016

SAM's press release on security assistance to Tunisia and blog on Tunisia's designation as a major non-NATO ally are cited in making the case that the U.S.'s current strategy in Tunisia simply isn't working.

America is Lying About its Involvement in Africa: AFRICOM Reports Simply Don't add up
SALON | JUNE 30, 2016

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung is quoted regarding methods the Department of Defense will use to disguise the true nature of security assistance and military cooperation.

Why is the United States Still Backing Saudi Arabia in Yemen?
LOBELOG | JUNE 29, 2016

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung calls attention to continued United States support of Saudi Arabia in spite of human rights abuses and the damaging effect of the war in Yemen.

3 Rays of Sunshine on Pentagon Foreign Aid
THE HILL | JUNE 28, 2016

SAM is highlighted as the only compiled public source for the Pentagon's annual budget justifications for security cooperation programs.

This Tool Exposes How U.S. Security Assistance is Being Spent Overseas
OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS | MAY 27, 2016

SAM Director Colby Goodman highlights the benefit of our database to the global citizen of the world.

U.S. Fully Lifts Vietnam Arms Embargo
THE CIPHER BRIEF | MAY 24, 2016

SAM Program Manager Seth Binder suggests that the U.S. has been providing security assistance to Vietnam for quite some time despite the embargo.

The Pentagon's War on Accountability
TOM DISPATCH | MAY 24, 2016

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung argues that the Penatgon, like every other department should be required to produce a budget justification for its foreign aid.

Barely Guarded Afghan Border Puts Ex-Soviet Tajikistan in Peril
REUTERS | MAY 19, 2016

The author uses our data to show the amount of U.S. security assistance to Tajikistan in 2014 and 2015.

Azerbaijan Has Advantage Over Armenia in U.S. Military Aid
EURASIANET | MAY 18, 2016

The author uses our data to show how the U.S. policy of "parity" between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been changing over the past few years.

Corruption in Military Aid Undermines Global Security
LOBELOG | MAY 12, 2016

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung argues that corruption is undermining effective security in countries across the world.

Burning Issues: The Arms Trade as a Foreign Policy Tool
CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE | MAY 11, 2016

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung talks about the impact of arms sales on U.S. national security.

A Call for a New Strategic Approach to Fragile States
TRUMAN CENTER | MAY 1, 2016

SAM database on security assistance used.

The Inside Story of Canada's $15-billion Saudi Arms Deal
THE GLOBE AND MAIL | APRIL 27, 2016

SAM Program Director Colby Goodman expresses the concerns with U.S. arms regulation in light of this deal's announcement.

The Federal Budget and Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2017: Democracy, Governance, and Human Rights in the Middle East
PROJECT ON MIDDLE EAST DEMOCRACY | APRIL 27, 2016

SAM Program Manager Seth Binder and Senior Advisor William Hartung discuss U.S. security assistance to Tunisia and its potential risks.

U.S. Senators Urge Substantial Boost in Military Aid for Israel
VOA NEWS | APRIL 26, 2016

SAM data on military aid to Israel used.

Tunisia's Getting More Guns than Democracy
FOREIGN POLICY | APRIL 21, 2016

SAM Program Manager Seth Binder and Senior Advisor William Hartung discuss U.S. security assistance to Tunisia and its potential risks.

As Saudis Continue Deadly Bombing of Yemen, Is Obama Trading Cluster Munitions for Riyadh's Loyalty?
DEMOCRACY NOW | APRIL 21, 2016

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung speaks with Democracy Now! about U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the war in Yemen.

The Un-Freedom Agenda
FOREIGN POLICY | APRIL 20, 2016

SAM Program Manager Seth Binder provides analysis on U.S. security assistance to Niger.

Saudi-U.S. Tensions Haven't Slowed Obama's Weapons Spigot
VOCATIV | APRIL 20, 2016

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung is quoted on the problems with continued U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

U.S. Foreign Military Support
FACTCHECK.ORG | APRIL 20, 2016

SAM Program Manager Seth Binder provides factcheck.rog with the overall level of U.S. security assistance for FY2014.

Obama Went From Condemning Saudis for Abuses to Arming Them to the Teeth
THE INTERCEPT | APRIL 20, 2016

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung is quoted on U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia over President Obama's tenure.

CFR BACKGROUNDERS: YEMEN IN CRISIS 
COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS | APRIL 19, 2016

CFR uses our data in its backgrounder on Yemen to highlight the level of U.S. security assistance to Yemen under former President Saleh between 2001 and 2011. 

Obama Shouldn't Trade Cluster Bombs for Saudi Arabia's Friendship
THE NEW YORK TIMES | APRIL 19, 2016

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung argues that during President Obama's upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia he should get tough with them, particularly over their bombing campaign in Yemen.

U.S.-Trained Chechen ISIS Commander Abu Omar al-Shishani Survives U.S. Assasination Strike
GLOBAL RESEARCH | APRIL 14, 2016

SAM data on U.S. military training.

How African Leaders View U.S. and PRC Engagements on the Continent
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY | APRIL 1, 2016

SAM database is used for security assistance in Africa.

Department of Defense and Security Cooperation
RAND | MARCH 31, 2016

SAM data on Department of Defense spending used.

The Black Hole of Pentagon Foreign Aid
THE HILL | MARCH 15, 2016

Contribution piece notes that SAM is the most comprehensive source for publicly available Department of Defense documents, calls for increasing transparency.

More Transparency is Needed on the Pentagon's Military Aid Programs
SUNSHINE WEEK | MARCH 14, 2016

SAM program director Colby Goodman and senior advisor William Hartung discuss the need for transparency for increased military spending.

Georgia, Tajikistan Among Countries Most Dependent on U.S. Military Aid
EURASIANET | MARCH 10, 2016

Writer and analyst Joshua Kucera highlights our recent factsheet on U.S. military aid dependency among Central Euasian countries.

What Palestinian-Israeli Security Cooperation?
AL JAZEERA | MARCH 9, 2016

SAM Program Manager Seth Binder publishes opinion piece about Palestine and Israel cooperation for security in the Middle East.

Military Aid Should Do No Harm
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT | MARCH 8, 2016

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung publishes opinion piece about U.S. military efforts going astray abroad.

The Pentagon's Secret Foreign Aid Budget
POLITICO | MARCH 8, 2016

Lora Lumpe and Jeremy Ravinsky probe the realities of the congressional budget, citing SAM database as most comprehensive information available.

Security Assistance Monitor Database Aims to Fill 'Black Hole' of U.S. Foreign Assistance Coverage
INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISTS' NETWORK | MARCH 8, 2016

Margaret Looney highlights SAM's database as a source for domestic and international journalists.

Crime, Violence Driving Migration from Central America
INSIGHT CRIME | MARCH 2, 2016

Mike LaSusa writes piece detailing exodus from Central America, using information from our blog series about El Salvador.

Rights Group: Saudi Arabia Used U.S. Cluster Bombs on Civilians
CNN | FEBRUARY 29, 2016

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung comments on U.S. bombs being used against civilians in Yemen.

EU Parliament Adopts Call for Arms Embargo Against Saudi Arabia
THE REAL NEWS | FEBRUARY 26, 2016

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung discusses global efforts to stop Saudi aggression.

Saudi Arabia, Gulf Allies are (Heavily) Armed and Itching for Battle
VOCATIV | FEBRUARY 25, 2016

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung is quoted on U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

More Arms to Saudi Arabia: More Mideast Conflicts
LOBELOG | FEBRUARY 25, 2016

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung comments on U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Pentagon Proposes $50 Million Program to Help Tajikistan Fight Terrorists
LOBELOG | FEBRUARY 17, 2016

SAM's blog on the Section 1004 program is used to verify that U.S. military training has decreased to the Central Asia region.

'Industry of Death:' Pope Francis on Arms Dealers and Causes of World War III
NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER | FEBRUARY 9, 2016

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung comments on U.S. arms sales to the Middle East.

Flood the World with Weapons: Get Warfare
THE TIMESUNION | JANUARY 29, 2016

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung comments on U.S. arms trade.

Royal Pain: The Setback in Relations with Iran is Just One of Saudi Arabia's Many Problems
BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK | JANUARY 7, 2016

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung comments on U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia.

Shouldn't Security Rest on More than Blind Faith
THE HILL | JANUARY 5, 2016

Diana Ohlbaum writes an op-ed and uses our data to show the total amount of U.S. security assistance over the years.

As Saudi Arabia Executes Sheikh al-Nimr, Will U.S. Respond by Cutting $50 Billion in Weapons Sales?
DEMOCRACY NOW! | JANUARY 4, 2016

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung comments on U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia in light of their latest executions.

The Obama Doctrine in the Americas
LEXINGTON BOOKS |  2016

SAM data on security assistance in Latin America is used.

U.S. Lethal Weapons for Ukraine: Mechanisms and Consequences
INSTITUTE OF WORLD POLICY | JANUARY 1, 2016

SAM database on U.S. arms sales to Ukraine used.

Are U.S. Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Hurting its Own Interests in the Region?
LOBELOG | DECEMBER 23, 2015

SAM Intern Leah Schulz argues that recent arms sales to Saudi have had negative affects on stability for the region, a key U.S. interest in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia's New Anti-Terror Coalition is Already Starting to Fall Apart
VICE NEWS | DECEMBER 16, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung comments on the newly announced 34-country anti-terror coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

By Funding Foreign Militaries, the U.S. is Spreading Terrorism
FOREIGN POLICY IN FOCUS | DECEMBER 15, 2015

SAM data is used to provide the expected total dollar value for security assistance for 2016.

Gun Lobby Looks to Lift Export Restrictions
POLITICO | DECEMBER 14, 2015

SAM Senior Research Associate Colby Goodman discusses the administration's potential changes to regulations for firearms and ammunition.

Is the U.S. Facilitating the Use of Mercenaries in Yemen?
LOBELOG | DECEMBER 8, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung provides insight on the rise of Latin American mercenaries fighting in the war in Yemen on behalf of the UAE.

The Tip of a Bloody Iceberg: Colombian Mercenaries in Yemen
COUNTERPUNCH | DECEMBER 2, 2015

SAM provides insight on Colombia's training in other countries.

Merchants of Menance: How U.S. Arms Sales are Fueling Middle East Wars
COUNTERPUNCH | NOVEMBER 20, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung provides insight on the impact of U.S. arms sales to the Middle East.

The Pentagon's Security Assistance Wasteland
THE HILL | NOVEMBER 11, 2015

SAM provides information on total U.S. military and police aid provided since 2001.

The Numbers Behind U.S. Military Aid to Israel
NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO | NOVEMBER 10, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung discusses U.S. military aid to Israel on WBEZ's Worldview.

ICC Prosecutors Allege U.S.-Trained Georgian Units Committed War Crimes
EURASIANET | NOVEMBER 7, 2015

SAM Central Eurasia Intern Jackie Mahler provides further analysis on Georgia.

UN Refugee Agency Sounds Alarm on Violence Against Women in Central America, Mexico
LATIN AMERICA NEWS DISPATCH | NOVEMBER 2, 2015

Latin America Fellow Franco Bastida writes on the growing violence against women in Central America and Mexico.

'Enhanced Interrogation' Could Become a New U.S. Export Under Revised Regulations
FOREIGN POLICY | OCTOBER 26, 2015

SAM Senior Research Associate Colby Goodman writes on regulation of military training.

Why Should the U.S. Accept Syrian Refugees? Because It Helped Displace Them
COUNTERPUNCH | OCTOBER 19, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung provides analysis on U.S. arms sales to the Middle East.

Could the Saudis be Dragging the U.S. into a War Crimes Scandal?
PRI's THE WORLD | OCTOBER 17, 2015

SAM Program Associate Seth Binder provides analysis on U.S. policy towards the war in Yemen.

The NDAA's Bottomless Security Assistance Pit
THE HILL | OCTOBER 15, 2015

Highlights SAM as the only source available to get a full picture of U.S. security assistance.

U.S. Military Assistance
THE NEW YORK TIMES | OCTOBER 8, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung writes on global military aid.

U.S. Military Aid to Presidential Guards a Risky Venture
LOBELOG | OCTOBER 6, 2015

SAM Senior Research Associate Colby Goodman and SAM Intern Alexis Kedo write on the risks of U.S. military aid for Presidential Guard forces.

Pope Decries "Shameful and Culpable Silence" on Arms Sales "Drenched in Innocent Blood"
THE INTERCEPT | SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung provides analysis on U.S. arms sales.

Afghan Police Sex Abuse Charges Raise Legal Question for U.S. Aid
AL JAZEERA AMERICA | SEPTEMBER 21, 2015

SAM Program Associate Seth Binder provides analysis on the U.S. Leahy Law.

VOCATIV | SEPTEMBER 4, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung provides analysis on the Yemen War.

Do U.S. Arms Transfers to Saudi Arabia Promote Stability?
REAL CLEAR DEFENSE | SEPTEMBER 3, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung writes on military assistance to Saudi Arabia.

To Aid or Not to Aid: U.S. Law Creates Weapons Dilemma
AL JAZEERA AMERICA | AUGUST 27, 2015

SAM Program Associate Seth Binder provides analysis on the U.S. Leahy Law.

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Security Assistance & Foreign Internal Defense
FEDERATION OF AMERICAN SCIENTISTS | AUGUST 26, 2015

Highlights SAM for journalists and policy students.

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Does Security Assistance Reduce Terrorism?
SMALL WARS JOURNAL | 
AUGUST 26, 2015

SAM provides information on U.S. military assistance worldwide.

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Database Provides Transparency on Foreign Aid
PROJECT ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT | 
AUGUST 20, 2015

Highlights SAM's mission and functionality for diverse audiences.

For U.S., National Interests Remain Important in the Middle East
ASIA TIMES | AUGUST 7, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung provides analysis on arms sales to the Persian Gulf.

Kenya Gets U.S. Funds for Counterterror War
DEFENSE NEWS | AUGUST 6, 2015

SAM provides information on U.S. military aid to Kenya.

America Will Provide Sh457m to the Police for Securing Borders
DAILY NATION | JULY 29, 2015

SAM provides information on U.S. military aid to Kenya.

Kenya Military Given Sh9 Billion From U.S. to Fight Al-Shabaab
DAILY NATION & ALL AFRICA | JULY 29, 2015

SAM provides information on U.S. military aid to Kenya.

U.S. Assistance to Nigeria Should Be Tied to Human Rights
LOBELOG | JULY 29, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung writes on military aid to Nigeria.

Obama Commits U.S. to Intensified Fight Against Terrorists in East Africa
WASHINGTON POST | JULY 25, 2015

SAM provides information on military aid to Kenya.

Why Military Aid Dropped Under Jonathan-U.S. Agency
PUNCH | JULY 21, 2015

SAM provides information on military aid to Nigeria.

Governance and Security Sector Assistance: The Missing Link - Part II
LAWFARE BLOG | JULY 19, 2015

SAM provides information on U.S. security assistance.

Rewriting the History of Plan Colombia
NORTH AMERICAN CONGRESS ON LATIN AMERICA | JULY 17, 2015

SAM provides information on U.S. aid to Colombia.

Don't Lift Arms Curbs on Bahrain
HUFFINGTON POST | JULY 13, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung writes on arms sales to Bahrain.

The U.S. Shouldn't Export Colombia's Drug War "Success"
INSIGHT CRIME | JULY 9, 2015

SAM Lead Researcher Sarah Kinosian provides analysis on military aid transparency.

The Security Aid Blackout: How Cloudy U.S. Security Assistance Information Hampers Effective Progress
PUBLISH WHAT YOU FUND | JULY 8, 2015

SAM Director Abigail Poe and Senior Research Associate Colby Goodman write on military aid transparency.

Management by McChrystal: Missing the Forest for the Trees?
LOBELOG | JULY 8, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung writes on U.S. military strategy.

U.S. Military Aid Supports Anti-Haitian Deportations in the Dominican Republic
TRUTHOUT | JUNE 25, 2015

Latin America Rights and Security Fellow Laura Weiss writes on military aid to the Dominican Republic.

Arms and the Dudes: How Three Stoners from Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History
WASHINGTON INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF BOOKS | JUNE 22, 2015

SAM Senior Research Associate Colby Goodman reviews U.S. arms sales.

More Aid for Nigeria?
THE NEW YORK TIMES | JUNE 2, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung writes on U.S. aid to Nigeria.

Saudi Arabia Has Executed 41 People for Nonviolent Drug Offenses So Far This Year
GLOBAL POST | JUNE 1, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung provides analysis on arms sales to the Persian Gulf.

Obama Promises More Weapons to Middle East
THE EXAMINER | MAY 18, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung provides analysis on arms sales to the Persian Gulf.

U.S. Lobby Backed by Arms Industry Could Influence Foreign Policy
MIDDLE EAST EYE | MAY 15, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung provides analysis on arms sales to the Persian Gulf.

U.S.-Gulf Summit: Obama Falls Back on Arms Sales to Reassure Partners on Iran
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR | MAY 15, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung provides analysis on arms sales to the Persian Gulf.

Honduras Accuses the U.S. of Blocking the Repair of Its Military Aircraft
LATIN NEWS | 2015

SAM provides information on aid to Honduras.

Reconceptualizing Security in the Americas in the Twenty-First
LEXINGTON BOOKS | 2015

SAM provides information on security aid to the Americas.

Amnesty International Report 2014/15
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL | 2015

SAM provides information on aid to Colombia.

Broken Promises to Honduran Workers
AFL-CIO | 2015

SAM provides information on aid to Honduras.

Enhancing U.S. Support for Peace Operations in Africa
COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS | MAY 15, 2015

SAM Senior Research Associate Colby Goodman provides analysis on peacekeeping in Africa.

U.S. Hosts Arms Bazaar at White House Arab Summit
INTER PRESS SERVICE | MAY 15, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung provides analysis on arms sales to the Persian Gulf.

It's Not Diplomacy, It's an Arms Fair
FOREIGN POLICY | MAY 14, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung writes on arms sales to the Persian Gulf.

Security Assistance Monitor: Ce que vous devez savoir sur l'aide militaire U.S. á la Tunisie
NAWAAT.ORG | May 2, 2015

SAM provides information on U.S. security aid to Latin America.

The U.S. Must Address Its Role in Mexico's Human Rights Crisis
TRUTHOUT | APRIL 24, 2015

SAM provides information on the U.S. Leahy Law.

Situation Report: Poland Buys Security, Saudi Buys Time, the U.S. Navy Wants to Buy More Ships; and More of Everything Else
FOREIGN POLICY | APRIL 22, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung provides analysis on U.S. arms sales.

The Word Is Out: The U.S. Once Again Leads the World in Arms Sales
AMERICAS PROGRAM | APRIL 20, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung writes on U.S. arms sales.

The Price of Peace: Why War Is Bad for People but Good for Business
THE MARK NEWS | APRIL 20, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung provides writes on U.S. war policy.

Yemen Campaign Tests U.S. Military Aid Policy
LOBELOG | APRIL 17, 2015

SAM Program Associate Seth Binder writes on U.S. military aid policy, particularly in Yemen.

Report: Military Spending Spikes in Middle East, Eastern Europe
AL JAZEERA AMERICA | APRIL 14, 2015

SAM Program Associate Seth Binder provides analysis on military expenditure increases.

Guns vs. Butter: Where's the U.S. Putting Its Money?
THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION | APRIL 10, 2015

SAM provides information on U.S. foreign assistance.

U.S.: Azano Is a Supervillain … Who We Let Deal Surveillance Equipment
VOICE OF SAN DIEGO | APRIL 9, 2015

SAM Senior Research Associate Colby Goodman provides analysis on U.S. arms sales.

Less Guns, More Democracy
U.S. NEWS | APRIL 8, 2015

SAM provides information on aid to Kenya.

Security: USA-Aid-Data
EURONEWS | APRIL 8, 2015

SAM provides information on U.S. security aid.

Focus: The Pentagon, Most Important Priority
SUDAN VISION DAILY | APRIL 8, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung provides analysis on U.S. arms sales.

Border Security in Tunisia
ARAB REFORM INITIATIVE | APRIL 1, 2015

Uses SAM database for security assistance to Tunisia.

The Obama Arms Bazaar: Record Sales, Troubling Results
LOBELOG | APRIL 2, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung writes on U.S. arms sales.

Tomgram: William Hartung, Your Money at War Everywhere
TOM DISPATCH, SALON, HUFFINGTON POST, THE NATION, ANTIWAR.COM, DAILY KOS, MIDDLE EAST ONLINE & REAL CLEAR DEFENSE | MARCH 26, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung writes on U.S. military strategy.

New Strategy, Familiar Result: Militarization in Mexico
INSIGHT CRIME | MARCH 25, 2015

SAM Lead Researcher Sarah Kinosian provides analysis on aid to Mexico.

Counting the Cost: Casualty Recording Practices and Realities Around the World
ACTION ON ARMED VIOLENCE | MARCH 14, 2015

SAM Lead Researcher Sarah Kinosian provides analysis on militarization.

Changes in the Neighborhood: Reviewing Citizen Security Cooperation in Latin America
IGARAPÉ INSTITUTE | MARCH 14, 2015

SAM provides information on citizen security in Latin America.

Greater Transparency Can Improve U.S. Security Assistance Programs
SUNSHINE WEEK | MARCH 12, 2015

SAM Director Abigail Poe and Senior Advisor William Hartung write on transparency in security assistance.

Justifying Militarisation; 'Counter-Narcotics' and 'Counter Narco-Terrorism'
GLOBAL DRUG POLICY OBSERVATORY | MARCH 1, 2015

SAM database used on security assistance and counternarcotics in Latin America.

Can the Violence in Honduras Be Stopped?
FOREIGN POLICY IN FOCUS & COUNTERPUNCH | FEBRUARY 19, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung and Lead Researcher Sarah Kinosian write on aid to Honduras.

Nigeria’s Security Problems Are Caused by Nigeria, not U.S. Human Rights Laws
THE HILL | FEBRUARY 11, 2015

SAM provides information on aid to Nigeria.

Unaccompanied Children from Central America: Foreign Policy Considerations
CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE | FEBRUARY 10, 2015

SAM provides information on border militarization.

Rein in the Pentagon's Military Aid Programs
HUFFINGTON POST | FEBRUARY 9, 2015

SAM Senior Advisor William Hartung writes on the need for transparency in security assistance programs.

As Yemen’s Government Falls, So May a U.S. Strategy for Fighting Terror
TIME | JANUARY 22, 2015

SAM Program Associate Seth Binder provides analysis on aid to Yemen.

False Security in Kenya
FOREIGN AFFAIRS | JANUARY 21, 2015

SAM provides information on aid to Kenya.

The Failure of Security Assistance- From Latin America to North Africa
THE FRIENDS COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL LEFLISLATION | JANUARY 27, 2015

SAM data on security assistance to Latin America and North Africa used.

U.S. Security Assistance to Fragile States
THE FRIENDS COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL LEFLISLATION | JANUARY 27, 2015

SAM data used in an infographic on U.S. security assistance to fragile states.

Charlie Hebdo Attack Highlights the Challenge of the U.S.-Yemen Relationship
YEMEN ONLINE | JANUARY 17, 2015

SAM Program Associate Seth Binder provides analysis on aid to Yemen.

Fixing America’s Aid to Afghanistan and Pakistan
THE DIPLOMAT | DECEMBER 23, 2014

SAM provides information on aid to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Cooperation and Drug Policies in the Americas: Trends in the Twenty-First Century
LEXINGTON BOOKS | DECEMBER 14, 2014

SAM provides information on aid to Latin America.

America Held Hostage
HUFFINGTON POST | DECEMBER 11, 2014

SAM provides information on U.S. security assistance.

US Support for Mexico's Drug War Goes Beyond Guns and Money
TRUTHOUT | DECEMBER 1, 2014

SAM provides information on aid to Mexico.

Weekly Roundup: Colombia's Peace Talks, Mexico's Protests, Brazil's New Economic Team
AMERICAS SOCIETY/COUNCIL OF THE AMERICAS | NOVEMBER 21, 2014

SAM provides information on aid to Honduras.

U.S. Lawmakers Question Colombia Military Aid Over Ongoing Rights Abuses
TODAY COLOMBIA | NOVEMBER 10, 2014

SAM provides information on aid to Colombia.

Will the New Congress Be Serious About Accountability?
THE HILL | NOVEMBER 6, 2014

Highlights SAM’s mission about government accountability.

New Resource for Tracking U.S. Military and Police Aid
LOBELOG | NOVEMBER 3, 2014

Highlights SAM’s role in providing information on U.S. security assistance.

Statement by the Mesoamerican Working Group on the Impact of U.S. Security Assistance on Human Rights in Mexico, Central America, and Colombia
MESOAMERICAN WORKING GROUP | OCTOBER 29, 2014

SAM provides information on Latin America.

Today’s Headlines and Commentary
LAWFARE BLOG | OCTOBER 21, 2014

SAM provides information on U.S. engagement worldwide.

Foreign Policy's Situation Report: Turkey Allowing Kurdish Fighters into Kobani; Support for the Islamic State grows in Lebanon; Syrians Killed in Uprising Against IS; Sweden Hunts a Russian Sub; and Much More
FOREIGN POLICY | OCTOBER 20, 2014

Highlights the launch of SAM.

Politico's Morning Defense: Northrop’s Lobbying Continues to Plummet — DoD Hails Reinforcements for Kobani
POLITICO | OCTOBER 20, 2014

Highlights the launch of SAM.

Colombia’s Military to Export Air Force Training to Latin America with U.S. Backing
COLOMBIA REPORTS | JULY 24, 2014

SAM provides information on U.S. funding of training in Colombia.

CRS Insights – The Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund Proposal: Questions for Congress
CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE | JULY 14, 2014

SAM provides information on U.S. counterterrorism assistance.

Studying Tajikistan Turns Dangerous: A Scholar Faces Treason Charges
THE ECONOMIST | JUNE 24, 2014

SAM provides information on aid to Tajikistan.

U.S. Reportedly Cuts It Aid for Central Asian Security Forces Substantially
ASIA PLUS | JUNE 20, 2014

SAM provides information on U.S. policy in Central Asia.

Boko Haram's Latest Massacre
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL | MAY 8, 2014

SAM provides information on aid to Nigeria.

Central America Regional Security Initiative: Background and Policy Issues for Congress
CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE | MAY 6, 2014

SAM provides information on militarization in Guatemala.

Opportunities for American Influence in a Changing Middle East
CENTER FOR A NEW AMERICAN SECURITY | APRIL 1, 2014

SAM data on security assistance in the Middle East used.

The Post-Imperial Chessboard
THE ECONOMIST | APRIL 1, 2014

SAM provides information on border and ethnic tensions in Central Asia.

Central Asia: Regional Developments and Implications for U.S. Interests
CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE | MARCH 21, 2014

SAM provides information on U.S. policy in Central Asia.

U.S. Foreign Assistance: More Guns Than Butter
FOREIGN POLICY IN FOCUS | MARCH 4, 2014

SAM provides information on U.S. foreign assistance policy.

The Narcostate
POLITICO | FEBRUARY 27, 2014

SAM provides information on U.S. policy in Tajikistan.

The Corruption Corridor
POLITICO | FEBRUARY 27, 2014

SAM provides information on U.S. policy in Uzbekistan.