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This section includes the latest news relating to U.S. security policy around the world. Updated daily, the news provided in this searchable database highlights the most relevant security developments from around the world. 

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
SAM Program & Research Associate @EliasDJyousif calls to attention the American public’s overwhelming view that US arms sales are endangering American Security.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019
William Hartung, Director of the Arms and Security Project with the Center for International Policy discusses the possible consequences of moving the supervision of firearm exports from the State Department to the Department of Commerce
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Monday, September 9, 2019
William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project, is quoted in this piece on a recent Chicago Council survey stating that US citizens are beginning to question the validity of foreign arms sales.
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Saturday, August 31, 2019
SAM Director, Christina Arabia, is quoted in this piece that examines how weapons flowing from the United States are exacerbating violence in Mexico.
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Friday, August 30, 2019
SAM's data is cited in this piece that argues that the Department of Defense needs to confront shortcomings in its efforts to train foreign security forces, subjecting current methods to rigorous experimentation.
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Friday, August 9, 2019
This piece on U.S. security assistance to Azerbaijan cites SAM's data extensively, and includes, in full, SAM's recent fact sheet on Section 333 aid to Baku.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019
SAM's data on security assistance to Azerbaijan is cited in this Armenian news outlet.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
SAM's fact sheet on the arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE involved in the Trump Administration's emergency declaration are cited.
Thursday, May 30, 2019
SAM Director, Christina Arabia, is quoted in this article examining how President Trump is sidestepping congressional opposition to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
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Monday, May 20, 2019
SAM's report on Corruption in the Defense Sector is cited in this piece that examines failures in dozens of efforts to build an effective Somali National Army while maintaining an emphasis on the importance of an army in Somalia.
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Monday, September 24, 2018
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 to eliminate the commission – notwithstanding the fact that more than 100 individuals charged in the course of its investigations remain at large – now that the panel has begun investigating him for campaign finance violations.
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Friday, September 14, 2018
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 the misappropriation of arms and supplies.
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Thursday, September 13, 2018
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 terrorist group activities and recruitment.
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Thursday, August 2, 2018
SAM Director Colby Goodman is quoted in this article on this year's U.S. defense authorization bill, which calls for protection of U.S. technology even as weapons sales to the Middle East boom.
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Friday, July 20, 2018
SAM Director Colby Goodman is quoted in this piece about a possible loophole in the Trump Administration’s new arms export policy.
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Monday, July 16, 2018
SAM's fact sheet on congressional notifications for U.S. firearms exports was cited in this piece that details the major critiques of the Trump Administration's proposed firearms export rule.
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Monday, July 16, 2018
SAM's arms sales data is used in this article stating that some of the biggest beneficiaries of the recent NATO Summit could be U.S. weapons manufacturers.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
SAM’s data on American counterterrorism aid to sub-Saharan Africa is used in this article about the U.S. scaling back aid to African military units fighting terrorism as it realigns its defense strategy to compete with more traditional threats from China and Russia.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
SAM Director Colby Goodman is quoted in this piece about the rule change to turn oversight of firearms exports from the State Department to the Commerce Department.
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Thursday, July 5, 2018
SAM's data, security aid programmes and assistance from the US DoD to Spain, 2007-16, is used in this report by Elcano Royal Institute.
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