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At its core, the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) – the first international legally-binding treaty to regulate the international transfer of conventional arms – is about transparency of what has traditionally been an opaque and secretive trade. The first ATT Conference of States Parties (CSP) held in Cancun, Mexico from August 24-27, however, neglected to adopt any rules governing the reporting requirements of the ATT.

On Wednesday, August 19, Georgia’s first female Defense Minister, Tinatin Khidasheli, headlined the event “Seeing Security: Georgia Between Russia and ISIS” at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). During the briefing, which focused mostly on Russia, Minister Khidasheli explained very clear why she was visiting the United States: to strengthen Georgia’s partnership with the United States and to gain support for Georgia’s accession into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)....

U.S. partners from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) form a key part of the Obama Administration’s anti-ISIS coalition. A recent Congressional Research Service report highlighted specific contributions, including at least 28 F-16s, from six MENA countries. Here’s a look at the total amount of U.S. arms sales and total number of participants in U.S. military trainings to all MENA anti-coalition partners from 2012 to 2014.

The Center for New American Security (CNAS) released a report titled, “Security Cooperation and Assistance: Re-thinking the Return on Investment.” Authors Dafna Rand and Stephen Tankel produce a detailed assessment of the efficacy and implications of the growing American security assistance apparatus, offering recommendations and improvements for future strategic military cooperation.

An update of Latin America's current civil-military relations.

The U.S. Foreign Military Financing (FMF) package to Israel is set to increase from $3.1 billion to between $4.2 and $4.5 billion in 2018. Whether that increase results from negotiations over the Iran nuclear deal or not, U.S. security assistance will continue to guarantee Israel's Qualitative Military Edge (QME) over its rivals in the Middle East.

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Sep 21, 2017
This inforgraphic shows the stark contrast between the Arms Sales nofitications that were approved...
Jun 13, 2017
As Congress prepares for a vote today on a proposed sale of U.S. precision-guided munitions to...
Mar 10, 2017
The State Department requested Congress to approve over $662 million worth of commercial firearms...
Mar 5, 2017
This blog post first appeared on Lobelog under the title Commerce Department Boosts Arms Sales...
Nov 1, 2016
This article was originally published on the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA)...