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5/17/19 | Fact Sheets
The Rocky U.S.-Pakistan Security Relationship

Since 9/11, Pakistan has been one of the largest recipients of U.S. security aid. The strategic border it shares with Afghanistan as well as its own vulnerability to substate armed groups initially suggested that Pakistan would make an ideal regional partner for counterterrorism ...

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4/4/19 | Reports
Trends in Major U.S. Arms Sales in 2018: The Trump Record - Rhetoric Versus Reality

A new report from the Security Assistance Monitor project of the Center for International Policy found that the Trump administration made $78.8 billion in arms deals in 2018, one-quarter of which involved the production of U.S. weapons overseas.

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3/17/19 | Blog
Winners and Losers in Trump’s 2020 Security Assistance Budget

Substantial budgetary discrepancies between President Trump's FY 2020 requests compared with previous years’ actual spending or appropriated funds makes clear the “winners and losers” in the White House’s foreign policy outlook. 

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Sam in the News

9/24/18 | News
Why Support for U.N.-Backed Anti-Corruption Commission in Guatemala is Vital to U.S. Interests
In a rare and strong show of bipartisanship, the leadership of the U.S. Senate and House foreign relations committees wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently expressing support for a United Nations-backed anti-corruption commission in Guatemala. The President of Guatemala is taking steps... Read More
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9/14/18 | News
Counterterrorism Efforts Proving Counterproductive
In a report released this month, Corruption in the Defense Sector: Identifying Key Risks to U.S. Counterterrorism Aid, SAM found that corruption is rampant among recipients of U.S foreign security aid. The most common misuses of aid include nepotism, bribery, extortion, embezzlement, theft, and... Read More
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9/13/18 | News
Corruption in Counterterrorism Aid Programs Fuels Extremist Groups, Says New Report
A report released this month by the Center for International Policy’s Security Assistance Monitor finds that U.S. counterterrorism aid intended to bolster U.S. and its allies' efforts to combat violent extremists has also had the unintended consequence of fueling corruption and funding... Read More
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SAM Events

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05/22/18 | Event

The inaugural Forum on the Arms Trade annual conference, "Taking Aim: A Closer Look at the Global Arms Trade," is a half-day event that will take place at the Stimson Center on May 22, 2018. The conference will feature leading experts, journalists, and members of civil society and the government...

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