World Politics Review

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 08:11
Experts now estimate the Pentagon alone spends $8 billion to $10 billion a year on assistance to more than 180 countries—compared to approximately $8 billion a year by the State Department to 147 countries—which has led many to question the apparent militarization of U.S. security assistance and the impact that has on short- and long-term security and foreign policy objectives.
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 15:06
Brooks Marmon, a program officer with Accountability Lab in Monrovia, Liberia offers up his perspective on the Liberian security situation as UNMIL peacekeepers in the country end their security operation and transfer responsibilities to local forces.
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 06:17
China is becoming an important player in African security issues, but is this evidence of Beijing’s creeping bid for superpower status, as pessimistic Western observers fear, or a positive sign that it Beijing can contribute more to global stability?
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 07:00
Documents recently released by Honduran newspaper El Heraldo revealed what many Hondurans had long suspected: the presence of a hit squad within the police tasked with carrying out assassinations of law enforcement officials.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 07:02
In March, the small West African nation of Benin announced that it would contribute 150 soldiers to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNTJF), a West African coalition whose main mission is to fight the militant group Boko Haram. The task force has approximately 9,000 total troops, but nevertheless it is primarily a political prop rather than an integrated military outfit.
Monday, March 28, 2016 - 06:19
What is now needed is a thorough analysis of what various U.N. bodies have already implemented and what the U.S. and other militaries are capable of, based on current projects and funding streams. Cross-analyzing development initiatives currently in place that support military programs will better illuminate the potential for joint operations that benefit everyone involved.
Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 06:48
Last month, Russia announced a $200 million credit for Armenia to buy weapons systems, days after adding four warplanes to its contingent in the country.
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 06:01
U.S. military forces are taking a more active role in combating the Boko Haram insurgency that has killed more than 30,000 people since its outbreak in 2009 and spread from northeastern Nigeria to neighboring Cameroon, Niger and Chad.
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 06:32
On Sept. 15, police in Paraguay seized 650 kilograms of marijuana in Curuguaty, in the country’s southeast region near the border with Brazil. Substantial as this seizure was, it was not in itself a big story in a country where authorities claimed they seized 462 tons of marijuana in 2013.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 07:05
Since transitioning from authoritarianism to democracy, civilian governments in Argentina, Chile, Peru and Colombia have made great strides in curtailing the autonomy of the armed forces in terms of accountability for past abuses, budgeting, promotion and operations. Recent events have demonstrated how far the region still has to go in improving transparency and civilian control over the intelligence services.