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U.S. security assistance to Europe and South East Asia reflects efforts to contain the growing power of geopolitical rivals in their near abroad. 

A recent article by SAM Director, Christina Arabia, explains how the already difficult task of scouring disparate U.S. government documents for information vital to SAM's databases has become even more challenging under the current Administration. According to Arabia, "information meant for public availability is being withheld. Vital reports for our database are suddenly being classified, more military aid is going through regional accounts...

July 3rd marked the sixth anniversary of the 2013 coup in Egypt, which ousted the now deceased President Mohammed Morsi. Despite years of upheaval and multiple regime changes, U.S. military assistance to Egypt has continued mostly uninterrupted. In a recent piece by SAM’s Ian Wallace critically examines the $83 billion in bilateral foreign aid the United States has provided Egypt between 1946 and 2019, and the...

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 last week's hearing on the Administration's emergency arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. In what amounted to a clear rebuke of the sales that bypassed Congressional oversight procedures, lawmakers voiced not only their discontent with the Administration's decision...

In light of the recent emergency declaration to push arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing to question the Administration's decision. This piece summarizes the highlights from the hearing, where a senior State Department official defending the decision received bipartisan criticism.

With new details emerging regarding the President's recent announcement that he would be sidestepping Congressional opposition to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, SAM has put together several infographics to illustrate the traditional process for Direct Commercial and Foreign Military Sales the administration is bypassing, as well as the scale and nature of the sales the president is proposing the expedite.
 
 

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