Center for American Progress

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 07:36
The report focuses on the Lebanese government’s ability to mitigate threats from Salafi-jihadi groups, and explores aspects of U.S. policy toward Hezbollah. It argues against the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and suggests additional steps that it and Congress can take to strengthen Lebanon’s counterterrorism capabilities, including continued Foreign Military Financing for Lebanon and leveraging U.S. assistance for better counterterrorism coordination.
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 11:45
During the last week of August 2017, the Lebanese government completed its largest counterterrorism operation in years, pushing Islamic State (IS) militants from the group’s stronghold along the Lebanese border with Syria. As many as 7,000 soldiers from the Lebanese army and special operations forces took part.1 The offensive underscored Lebanon’s contribution to the global counter-IS coalition and the key role that its military and security services have played in blocking the expansion of Sunni militant groups in the region.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 07:50
Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador—which make up Central America’s Northern Triangle region—are three of the most dangerous countries in the world. Drug cartels increasingly target children, often giving them the option to join gangs or be killed. With such dire choices, many children have no option but to flee their home countries.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 07:05
With the security environment and the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) increasingly challenged, the United States faces a choice of how and when it will support the ANSF. This report outlines areas of capability commitments that the United States and NATO should consider in order to keep the ANSF effective in the long term.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 13:23
After more than a decade of extended U.S. military deployments and costly counterinsurgency efforts, the United States needs to find a new pathway that employs a more targeted use of force in coordination with reliable partners in the region. The United States must use all elements of statecraft to get countries in the region to stop engaging in policies that undermine long-term stability and start taking steps to respond to the crushing social, economic, and demographic trends that are affecting every country in the region.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 06:38
Jordan remains one of the United States’ closest, most reliable, and most trusted partners in the Middle East, and the country requires help to address the spillover effects of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. The support needed most urgently is continued security cooperation, including intelligence sharing, surveillance, and military equipment to help Jordan manage serious security threats. In addition, continued and increased humanitarian aid for refugees is essential
Friday, October 4, 2013 - 08:08
Brian Katulis of the Center for American Progress testifies in front of the House Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism on the nature of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula as an organization and assess U.S. efforts against their activities.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 07:21
Since the April 2012 military coup d’état that ended civilian rule in Guinea-Bissau, the international community has largely overlooked this small, Portuguese-speaking country in West Africa. In fact, Guinea-Bissau has quietly become what some experts have termed Africa’s first “narco-state,” as cocaine trafficking is now a widely accepted route to power and influence in Bissau-Guinean politics.
Friday, June 29, 2012 - 00:00
The crucial dimension of Mexico's hidden success story is the rise of a middle class that is younger, more educated, wealthier, healthier, and more able to integrate women into the labor force.
Friday, July 25, 2008 - 00:00
“There is a message I want you to understand, to internalize, from this short speech. It’s that the FARC are weakened, yes, but they are not defeated,” and it would be a mistake for us to assume they are