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As the United States continues to expand its military cooperation with France for combat operations to address Islamic extremism in Africa, another area the United States may want to collaborate with France is building professional military forces in Africa. Unlike the United States, France has a much more robust and cohesive system for providing military education to Africa’s militaries in West and Central Africa and a wealth of experience in providing this education. However, there may be some challenges in working with France.

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. 

Last week the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, requested the authority to begin an investigation into potential human rights violations committed by Georgia, South Ossetia, and Russian forces during the 2008 August War or “Five-Day War.” Alongside the request, the ICC released a report outlining the alleged crimes committed by all sides that would be further investigated.

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“What happened in Kunduz is happening multiple times a day in Yemen,” stated Tariq Riebl on an October 20 panel entitled “Humanitarian and Security Consequences of Military Support to the Region.” Riebl, who recently returned from three months in Yemen with Oxfam International, was joined by experts William D. Hartung, Director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy and Senior Advisor to Security Assistance Monitor, Martin Butcher, a Policy Advisor at Oxfam International, and moderator Natalie Goldring, a Senior Fellow for the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University.

On Wednesday, August 19, Georgia’s first female Defense Minister, Tinatin Khidasheli, headlined the event “Seeing Security: Georgia Between Russia and ISIS” at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). During the briefing, which focused mostly on Russia, Minister Khidasheli explained very clear why she was visiting the United States: to strengthen Georgia’s partnership with the United States and to gain support for Georgia’s accession into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)....

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Jul 7, 2016
Recent allegations against the Ukrainian security services raises questions about U.S. and NATO...
Apr 29, 2016
As the United States continues to expand its military cooperation with France for combat operations...
Feb 2, 2016
Security Assistance Monitor recently acquired the Department of Defense’s 2015 fourth quarter...
Nov 3, 2015
Last week the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, requested the...
Oct 26, 2015
  “What happened in Kunduz is happening multiple times a day in Yemen,” stated Tariq Riebl on an...