Arms Control

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 06:13

In the past few years, with little media attention or Congressional debate, the United States has engaged in record levels of weapons exports, many of them to the conflict-ridden Middle East and Persian Gulf region.  U.S. arms sales agreements topped $60 billion last year, and in 2011, the last year for which full global statistics are available, U.S.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 12:44
The document, Presidential Policy Directive 27, tries to thread the needle by calling for active promotion of U.S. exports while simultaneously promising to show restraint in deciding who gets U.S. arms and arms-manufacturing technology.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 12:22

2013 was an eventful year in the Caucasus and Central Asia, as the United States and NATO prepared to pull their military forces out of Afghanistan, Russia strengthened its military presence in the region, and tensions mounted on various fronts in the Caucasus.

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 12:43

Egypt featured heavily in the Middle East and North Africa news cycle this past week, as Egyptians approved a new constitution and U.S. lawmakers proposed fully restoring assistance to the country. Below is a roundup of those stories and some of the other top articles and news highlights from around the region over the last week:

United States policy:

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 12:21

Events in Central Eurasian this week highlighted both the absent role of one regional security body, the CSTO, in the border clashes between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and the controversy surrounding Georgia’s entry into another security body, NATO. Below is a roundup of these stories and some of the other top articles and news highlights from around Central Eurasia over the last week:

Top Stories from Central Asia and the South Caucasus:

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 11:59
At the same time, the policy promotes restraint, both by the United States and other suppliers, in transfers of weapons systems that may be destabilizing or dangerous to international peace and security.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 12:19
The new policy provides greater clarity and transparency with respect to U.S. goals for arms transfers and on the criteria used to make arms transfer decisions.
Monday, January 6, 2014 - 12:59
“The overall goal of the program is to enhance each country’s, as well as regional, capability to deter, detect, defend against and mitigate the circumstances of a WMD incident -- whether it is intentional or accidental,” Rook said.
Friday, December 20, 2013 - 09:34
Spokesperson Marie Harf discusses evacuations in South Sudan, Dennis Rodman's visit to North Korea, Iran's nuclear program, domestic politics in Egypt and other issues.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 10:54
U.S. Department of State Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf discusses the ongoing situation in Ukraine, political processes in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, tensions between India and Pakistan, and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic.