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12/1/18 | Fact Sheets
U.S. Arms Sales Notifications to the Middle East and North Africa in 2018

The Trump Administration has proposed over $11 billion in major U.S. arms sales to countries in the Middle East and North Africa in the first three quarters of 2018.

10/18/18 | Fact Sheets
Total U.S. Arms Sales Notifications for Saudi Arabia in 2017 & 2018

Total U.S. Arms Sales Notifications for Saudi Arabia in 2017 & 2018

10/10/18 | Blog
The Trump Administration's Gun Exports Plan: Implications for National Security and Human Rights

As the top firearms exporter, the United States faces significant challenges in trying to prevent the diversion or misuse of U.S. firearms around the world. In FY 2017, the State Department approved over $2.6 billion worth of firearms to over 100 countries. In many of these countries, including...


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
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
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

SAM Events

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06/18/18 | Event
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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