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2/3/16 | Blog
Grasp the Chance for Peace in Colombia, But Don't Forget the Brutal War

"I have never seen a day of peace in my life," Colombian civil society leaders have told me. As President Juan Manuel Santos visits Washington on February 3 and 4, 2016, there's hope they may see such a day.

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2/2/16 | Blog
Newly Acquired DOD Report Reveals Majority of Coalition Support Funds to Pakistan, Jordan

Security Assistance Monitor recently acquired the Department of Defense’s 2015 fourth quarter report on the Coalition Support Fund program through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. 

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1/4/16 | Blog
Are U.S. Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Hurting its Own Interests in the Region?

Last month the United States approved a $1.29 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia. This deal is the latest in a string of major arms sales agreements totaling $20.8 billion since the Gulf country began fighting in Yemen against the Houthi rebels in March 2015. In addition, from 2009-14 the United...

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2/9/16 | News
U.S. Troop Reinforcements Head for Embattled Southern Afghan Province
Hundreds more U.S. troops are headed for Afghanistan’s strife-torn Helmand province to shore up security forces who have struggled in the face of sustained Taliban attacks, officials said.
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2/9/16 | News
15 Years and $10 Billion Later, U.S. Efforts to Curb Colombia’s Cocaine Trade Have Failed
Last week, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos came to Washington to tout the dual-barreled successes of peace talks with the rebel group FARC and Plan Colombia, an aid program that began in 2000 when the government had control of only a third of its country.
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2/9/16 | News
Saudi Offer to Send Troops to Syria Comes With Uncertainty
Saudi Arabia's offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom's growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East.
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Upcoming Dates

02/09/16 | Event
02/09/16 | Event

Johns Hopkins SAIS' Dean Vali Nasr and the Foreign Policy Institute invite you to a discussion on "Building Peace, Security and Prosperity in Pakistan" with Senator Sherry Rehman, Founding Chair and serving President of the Jinnah Institute. Joining in discussion will be Ambassador Shirin Tahir-...