LobeLog: Foreign Policy

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 06:54
This LobeLog article links to the Security Assistance Monitor site in reference to the security assistance that is provided by the Department of State and the Department of Defense globally and the need for improved accountability in foreign aid resources.
Friday, December 18, 2015 - 07:03
For the uninitiated, Chabelley is the other U.S. outpost in that country — the site of America’s lone avowed “major military facility” in Africa, Camp Lemonnier — and a key node in an expanding archipelago of hush-hush American outposts that have spread across that continent since 9/11.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 06:27
In the shadows of what was once called the “dark continent,” a scramble has come and gone. If you heard nothing about it, that was by design. But look hard enough and — north to south, east to west — you’ll find the fruits of that effort: a network of bases, compounds, and other sites whose sum total exceeds the number of nations on the continent.
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 06:04
Adding to mounting public criticism of the “war on drugs,” a scathing new report from a coalition of human rights groups alleges that countries in the Americas have carried out the fight against the drug trade “in contradiction to their human rights obligations.”
Friday, June 12, 2015 - 08:01
The administration should think twice before upping aid to the Nigerian military. Its record of corruption and systematic human rights violations suggests that any such aid will be useless at best, if not completely counterproductive. Intensive training of the Nigerian military has done little to change this pattern of behavior.
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 07:00
As a Saudi-led military coalition continues to pound rebel targets in Yemen, the country is plunging into a humanitarian crisis. Civilian casualties are mounting. With U.S. logistical support, the Saudis are attempting to re-instate the country’s exiled government in the face of a military offensive by Houthi rebels from northern Yemen.
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 06:49
The coalition of countries involved in Operation Decisive Storm, which is attacking the Yemeni insurgent group known as the Houthis, includes some of the largest U.S. recipients of military assistance and arms sales. The U.S. government support for these coalition members follows a long-standing policy that promotes security assistance as a way to build the capacity of its partners to combat terrorism and promote regional security.
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 07:46
America and Europe should adopt policies that make it clear to Putin and (perhaps more importantly) his associates that they can either continue to enjoy the enormous wealth they have stored up in the West, or they can continue trying to expand Russian influence forcefully. But they can’t do both.