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Winners and Losers in Trump’s 2020 Security Assistance Budget

Submitted by Elias Yousif on Sun, 03/17/2019 - 12:52

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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Congressional Notifications for Proposed U.S. Commercial Firearms Exports in 2018

Submitted by Christina Arabia on Tue, 02/12/2019 - 13:02

Notifications to Congress for U.S. commercial firearms exports reached $746 million in 2018.

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U.S. Arms Sales Notifications to the Middle East and North Africa in 2018

Submitted by Christina Arabia on Sat, 12/01/2018 - 14:28

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.

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

Submitted by Christina Arabia on Thu, 10/18/2018 - 09:35

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

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The Trump Administration's Gun Exports Plan: Implications for National Security and Human Rights

Submitted by Colby Goodman on Wed, 10/10/2018 - 14:14

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 the Philippines, Honduras, UAE, there is a serious risk that U.S. firearms could be used to commit human rights violations against civilians and fuel conflict.

 

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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.
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.
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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