U.S. Policy

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 14:29

Both the House and Senate have passed their versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2016 (H.R. 1753) to authorize Defense Department programs and policies. The two congressional chambers must now seek to resolve their differences in a conference committee before a final bill can be approved and sent to the President. Representatives Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Adam Smith (D-WA) and Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jack Reed (D-RI) will lead the conference. The following tables show the key differences between the two versions related to U.S. foreign military aid authorities, restrictions and reports or policies. These different versions are also compared with the President’s funding request when possible or applicable.   

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 06:37
The United States is deeply disappointed that the government of Burundi moved forward with parliamentary elections today despite woefully inadequate conditions for them to be credible.
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 06:27
In light of Burundian President Nkurunziza’s continued efforts to violate the Arusha Agreement, seek a third term and press ahead with electoral dates, the U.S. is placing on hold technical assistance to Burundi's Independent National Electoral Commission.
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 06:24
U.S. intelligence agencies are considering whether to provide information, analysis and possibly tactical lessons to African governments about how to attack wildlife poaching networks, according to a top official.
Friday, June 5, 2015 - 08:33

The Mexican Federal Police, Mexico’s primary public security institution, does not have a public manual on the use-of-force, meaning no current standards define when a member of the police can use force, including lethal, on another person. 

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 10:02

U.S. faith leaders have stated their support for the peace process in Colombia, and they have some recommendations for how the U.S. can adjust its aid to help the country’s effort for peace. On Monday, 32 faith-based leaders released a letter through the Latin American Working Group (LAWG) calling for the United States to support civilian institutions and civil society over the military.  

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 07:15
Since 9/11, the United States has lavished Pakistan with nearly USD 8 billion in security assistance, USD 11 billion in economic assistance, and USD 13 billion in the lucrative programme known as Coalition Support Funds (CSF).
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 06:59
The state-owned oil company of Azerbaijan secretly funded an all-expenses-paid trip to a conference in Baku, on the Caspian Sea, in 2013 for 10 members of Congress and 32 staff members.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 08:46

House Committe on Foreign Affairs is holding a subcommittee meeting to discuss Egypt's situation two years after Morsi.

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen: "This hearing will provide our Members the opportunity to weigh U.S. policy toward Cairo as Egypt struggles to balance its security concerns with its needs for democratic reforms.”

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 07:17
Both ISIS and al Qaeda pose a threat to Western interests in Africa. While ISIS gets most of the headlines these days, al Qaeda is still a major player in Africa.