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An update of Latin America's current civil-military relations.

The U.S. Foreign Military Financing (FMF) package to Israel is set to increase from $3.1 billion to between $4.2 and $4.5 billion in 2018. Whether that increase results from negotiations over the Iran nuclear deal or not, U.S. security assistance will continue to guarantee Israel's Qualitative Military Edge (QME) over its rivals in the Middle East.

A Numerical Recap of Latin America's Current Security Situation.

The annual Foreign Military Training Report, recently released by the U.S. State and Defense Departments, reports on “all military training provided to foreign military personnel.” This report is a vital tool to better understanding U.S. efforts in building the partner capacity for foreign militaries. This year’s report highlights the trainings that occurred in 2014.

The total number of trainees last year, 56,346, was a 13.3 percent...

The Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) has released a guide intended as a resource for Central American, Mexican, regional and U.S. civil society organizations and interested individuals to understand these changes in U.S. immigrationand foreign policy towards Central America and Mexico.

This two-part series describes shortcomings in the current U.S. approach to security assistance in the context of broader governance. Part two of the series will examine weaknesses in the U.S. government’s current security assistance policies and programs and recommend measures the U.S. government should take to develop more coherent strategies and effective tools for addressing the interrelated challenges of improving governance and security.

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