A citizen's guide to U.S. security and defense assistance

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In addition to interactive datasets, we provide analysis and access to extensive resources about the United States’ security relationship with the countries and people of Africa, Central Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa.

On this website you will find:

  • An interactive dataset providing data from 2000 to the present on the United States’ military and police aid, training programs, and arms sales to the rest of the world. We also track data on U.S. humanitarian and development aid to compare against the level of U.S. military and police aid.
  • An extensive resource database catalogues relevant policy statements, legislation, news, and more. Use this as your source for information on what others are saying about U.S. global security policy, whether in the U.S. Government, the U.S. Congress, other governments, or NGOs.  
  • Expert analysis highlights trends and offers perspectives U.S. security policy worldwide. Our blog offers timely analysis and contextualization of current events and the data found in our datasets. Fact sheets shine light on relevant events and U.S. policies. Our publications provide a more in depth look at and analysis of the trends in U.S. security policy worldwide.  
  • A calendar presents upcoming public events, hearings, official travel, reporting deadlines and more. (Coming soon!) 
  • An image gallery presents public-domain photos depicting U.S. engagement with the world, taken mostly from official U.S. government online sources. (Coming soon!)

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Analysis

7/28/15 | Blog
Migrant and Human Rights in Central America: A Guide

The Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) has released a guide intended as a resource for Central American, Mexican, regional and U.S. civil society organizations and interested individuals to understand these changes in U.S. immigrationand foreign policy towards Central America...

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7/27/15 | Blog
Governance and Security Sector Assistance: The Missing Link

This two-part series describes shortcomings in the current U.S. approach to security assistance in the context of broader governance. Part two of the series will examine weaknesses in the U.S. government’s current security assistance policies and programs and recommend measures the U.S....

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7/25/15 | Blog
Building the case against El Chapo: lost legal legwork yet another reason why his escape is a step backward

Looking at the timeline of arrests, extraditions and deals in recent months, it looks like the United States was moving to make the case against El Chapo completely airtight, allowing Mexico to detain him until U.S. officials were completely ready to make the official extradition request.

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Resources

7/30/15 | News
Security Checkpoint Extortion Costs Ivory Coast Millions
Extortion at security checkpoints is costing Ivory Coast millions each year despite government steps to eradicate the practice, a rights group said Wednesday.
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7/30/15 | News
Gang Killings of Bus Workers Freezes San Salvador's Transportation System
El Salvador's street gangs paralyzed the capital city of San Salvador on Wednesday as many bus drivers stayed clear of their routes after the killing of at least nine transportation workers in a challenge to the government's crackdown on violence.
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7/30/15 | News
Shining Path Still Holds 100 Hostages in VRAEM
After a rescue of hostages, authorities still figure about 100 remain under the watch of the terrorist organization.
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Upcoming Dates

07/30/15 | Event

On Thursday, July 30 from 8:30 – 9:45 am please join Senator Lisa Murkowski, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Senator Mark Warner as they launch the task force report: Empowering America: How Energy Abundance Can Strengthen US Global Leadership.  Over the past...

07/30/15 | Event

Ambassador Swan will brief CCA members on the current economic, social and political situation in the DRC. Ambassador Swan will provide an update on the situation on the ground as the country prepares for November 2016 presidential elections.

07/30/15 | Event

From enflaming sectarian tensions to undermining governance and economic development, the expansion of ISIS continues to pose grave risks to Iraq and the broader Middle East. Stimson and the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) invite you to join us for a discussion featuring views and...