Civil-Military Relations

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 06:39
Zar Mohammad Stanikzai remembers the promise made to him when he became a translator supporting the United States military in 2012: Help us, and we will keep you safe. Four years later, his fear of Taliban reprisals has made him a prisoner in his Afghan home, he said, and he is still waiting for the Americans to honor their commitment. Instead, Congress is bickering over the program meant to be his deliverance.
Friday, June 10, 2016 - 06:34
An agreement to increase the number of visas for Afghan interpreters fell apart in the Senate on Thursday. Lawmakers tried to include in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) a deal to increase the number of visas for Afghans who served as interpreters to U.S. officials and increase Guantánamo Bay restrictions.
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 07:09
The U.S. military is paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to wounded survivors and relatives of the 42 Afghans killed when an American AC-130 gunship attacked a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders, which says the “sorry money” doesn’t compensate for the loss of life.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 06:41
Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) said he plans to “raise hell” on the House floor Tuesday about a report that found a defense contractor wasted $135 million in taxpayer dollars.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 06:08
The defense and intelligence communities have expertise and budgets that allow them to do incredible analytical work. NGOs and USAID often have the benefit of boots on the ground and better cultural understanding.
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 09:24

Egyptian President Sisi announced a new law that would allow for the deportation of foreign journalists following widespread condemnation of the regime’s treatment of the press. At least four U.S. citizens have been killed or injured by Mexican security forces this month. Commentators criticized Nigeria’s short-lived ceasefire with Boko Haram, saying the group has only gotten stronger in recent months. Azerbaijani soldiers shot down an Armenian helicopter, intensifying a long-standing conflict between the two countries.

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 11:58

This week, Egypt faces renewed criticism over its human rights record after the release of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s assessment of human rights in Egypt since 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Mexico city to push the government for a more forceful response to the case of 43 university students who have been missing for over a month. After a military takeover in Burkina Faso, the African Union is threatening to implement sanctions. Georgia’s Prime Minister dismissed the Minister of Defense after he commented on the arrest of several of his colleagues at the Ministry of Defense.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 12:20

This week, Turkey allowed roughly 150 Iraqi Kurds to transit Turkish territory in order to reinforce Kurdish forces defending the city of Kobani, Syria, which has been under siege by the Islamic State. President of Burkina Faso Blaise Campaore decided to step down following violent protests against efforts to amend the constitution to allow for his reelection. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto met with the families of dozens of students who went missing near the town of Iguala last month. The U.S.-appointed Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) published a series of major reports this week showing that U.S.-funded reconstruction efforts are currently hampered by a variety of issues.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 10:56
Spokesperson Jen Psaki discusses developments in U.S.-Syrian relations, ongoing negotiations in the Middle East peace talks, and other topics regarding U.S. security.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 06:28
At the airdrome of the British military base "Bastion" the Georgian Commander-in-Chief was met by the ISAF South-West Commander, General Daniel Yoo.

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