SAM Welcomes Lauren Woods as its New Director

Lauren Woods takes the helm of the Security Assistance Monitor as its new Director. *|MC:SUBJECT|*


January 18, 2021

Lauren Woods Takes the Helm of SAM as Its New Director

Security Assistance Monitor, December 2020

The Center for International Policy is pleased to welcome Lauren Woods as the new Director of the Security Assistance Monitor (SAM). Lauren has covered security, foreign policy, and human rights issues in the nonprofit sector, on Capitol Hill, and at the U.S. Department of State, and has worked in countries around the world, particularly in North and West Africa. Her experience includes both oversight of U.S. foreign assistance and working with security forces directly to implement U.S. government-funded security assistance programs. 

In this position, Lauren will join SAM Deputy Director Elias Yousif to provide strategic direction, research, and analysis for SAM as we continue to increase transparency and oversight of U.S. security assistance and U.S. arms sales around the world.

We are proud to start 2021 with Lauren at the helm of our unique SAM program and encourage you to stay up to date with Lauren’sElias’s, and SAM’s work through their Twitter account’s, CIP’s new website, and SAM’s new website

Security Assistance News & Research Roundup

News & Blog Posts

UAE signs joint defense agreement with Cyprus

Al-Monitor, January 13

The United Arab Emirates and Cyprus have signed a defense agreement aimed at countering Turkish power in the region. The agreement includes the potential for joint training exercises and the exchange of technical knowledge for both nations’ F-16s.

Lockheed, Boeing, BAE Systems join wave of companies pausing political donations

Defense News, January 13

Following the January 6th attack on the Capitol, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and BAE Systems have announced that they will temporarily cease all political contributions to candidates. They join Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Technologies, Leidos, and Hunting Ingalls Industries in re-examining political donations.

Lawsuit threatens $23B weapons sale to UAE

Defense News, January 12

The New York Center For Foreign Policy Affairs has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. State Department for allegedly violating the Administrative Procedure Act. The lawsuit stipulates that the State Department “failed to provide a reasonable explanation” in its $23 billion arms sale to the United Arab Emirates.

Russia follows US to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty

Defense News, January 16

Russia said Friday it will withdraw from an international treaty allowing observation flights over military facilities following the U.S. exit from the pact.

Judicial Review redux in the UK over sales to Saudi Arabia and Coalition

Forum on the Arms Trade, January 6

This year, the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) hopes to take the UK Government to court, seeking a Judicial Review over its decision last July to continue arms sales to Saudi Arabia and its coalition allies in the war in Yemen. The conflict has exacted a devastating human toll as evidence mounts of gross and repeated violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) by the coalition.

Research, Analysis, and Opinion


Biden should reverse Trump’s bomb sales to Saudi Arabia

The Hill, January 17

CIP’s William Hartung and Elias Yousif argue that reversing recent arms sales to the Arab Gulf should be among the top priorities in the early days of the Biden Administration. 

What Weapons Systems Won’t The U.S. Sell The UAE?

Forbes, January 18

Paul Iddon shines a spotlight on recent arms sales to the UAE and argues that the sale of some of the most sensitive equipment in the U.S. arsenal signals a watershed moment in the defense relationship with Abu Dhabi. 

Biden Should Extend New START — and By the Full Five Years

Defense One, January 12 

The Arms Control Association’s Shannon Bugos argues that the Biden Administration should extend the new start treaty by a full 5 years, and not in a piecemeal fashion as some have suggested.


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Top Foreign Military Sales Recipients of 2020

The graphic above illustrates the top 5 recipients of U.S. foreign military sales notified to Congress in 2020. 

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