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The U.S. House of Representatives is poised to eliminate a key Obama Administration counterterrorism initiative to provide military aid to the Middle East and Africa this week because of lingering questions about the administration’s plan and strategy for the newly created Counterterrorism Partnership Fund (CTPF)

As part of the State Department’s budget request for FY 2016 released on February 2, the Obama Administration is requesting a significant jump in security and one type of development aid to the Maghreb and Sahel countries of Africa to “address challenges to U.S. national security emanating” from the two sub-regions.

As the Obama Administration looks to engage with the winner of the upcoming presidential run-off election in Tunisia, which is between the current interim President Moncef Marzouki, a former dissident, and Beji Caid Essebsi, a former foreign minister, security sector reform in Tunisia will likely be a key future issue.

After years of some U.S. security experts pushing for the United States to provide more governance-related U.S. security assistance to African security forces, the White House recently boosted such governance assistance efforts.

MENA Week in Review--August 8, 2014

This week the Islamic State made significant territorial gains in northern Iraq, leading...

U.S. lawmakers and other officials have been heavily engaged in the MENA region this week, crafting legislation on Iran as the next round of nuclear negotiations approaches, threatening to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority as peace talks stall, discussing future security cooperation with Israel and the Gulf states, and considering security matters with Algerian officials in Algiers. 

United States Policy:

  • Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), ranking Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) are
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