Military and Police Aid

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 14:01
The $1.3 billion seems like a pittance for Egypt, which has a $256 billion economy. But the military aid that the United States gives is its main access to the kind of big-ticket, sophisticated weaponry that the Egyptian military loves.
Friday, August 23, 2013 - 08:02
The US military has awarded Berry Aviation Inc of the United States a contract to provide air transport services in support of operations in Western and Central Africa.
Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 13:05
The Government of the United States announces that Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman will lead the U.S. delegation in the Regional Security Cooperation Working Group meeting of the United States-Nigeria Binational Commission (BNC) to be held in Abuja, Nigeria, on August 15.
Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 08:12
In line with the promise it made last week that it will assist Nigeria to tackle the security challenge posed by the Boko Haram sect, the United States government has stated that it will offer more training to military personnel and other security agencies in the country.
Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 08:00
The United States Nigeria Bi-National Commission has agreed on a strategy for dealing with the insurgency that is crippling the country.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 11:36

As mentioned in my previous blog, over 25 Members of Congress (MoC) are traveling across Sub-Saharan Africa this month.  Countries visited will include Ethiopia, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, and Liberia.  The trips provides the chance for MoCs – many of them for the first time – to see first-hand the programs and activities being implemented on the ground through the security assistance funding that they appropriate.

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 13:49
United States Africa Command protects and defends the national security interests of the United States by strengthening the defense capabilities of African states and regional organizations and, when directed, conducts military operations, in order to deter and defeat transnational threats to provide a security environment conducive to good governance and development.
Monday, August 19, 2013 - 11:39
Thank you for writing to express your strong support for the Leahy laws and concern over calls to weaken the Leahy vetting process. I strongly support the Leahy laws for precisely the reasons you cited: They are an important mechanism for achieving our political, security, and human rights goals. The Department of State employs a rigorous human rights vetting process pursuant to the Leahy laws so assistance does not benefit individuals or units when there is credible information of gross human rights violations.
Friday, August 16, 2013 - 12:05

On August 11, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, IRIN, published an article arguing that military training in Democratic Republic of the Congo cannot occur in the absence of larger security sector and governance reform. The piece,Can the DRC army stop abusing human rights?, contended “Stamping out human rights abuses by the army in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) entails more than classroom training sessions.”

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 11:51

Below is a roundup of some of the top articles and news highlights from around the MENA region over the last week:

U.S. Policy: