SECURITY ASSISTANCE MONITOR

Security Assistance Monitor tracks and analyze U.S. security and defense assistance programs worldwide. By informing policymakers, media, scholars, NGOs and the public (in the United States and abroad) about trends and issues related to U.S. foreign security assistance, we seek to enhance transparency and promote greater oversight of U.S. military and police aid, arms sales and training.

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FACT SHEET

Fact Sheet: U.S. Security Cooperation with ASEAN Member States

by Sahir Amlani

Over the past 10 years, from FY2010-FY2020, there has been a 50% increase in U.S. security assistance to members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). As tensions with China continue over maritime and territorial claims, the U.S. has looked to bolster allies in the region and form a bulwark against Beijing's regional ambitions.

Fact Sheet: U.S. Security Cooperation with ASEAN Member States
ISSUE BRIEF

Issue Brief: U.S. Security Sector Assistance (SSA) to Nigeria

by Temi Ibirogba and Elias Yousif

In October 2020, peaceful Nigerian protestors faced violent crackdowns from the Muhammadu Buhari administration during nationwide protests. The #EndSARS movement seeks to end police brutality and bad governance in the country. The United States has provided security sector assistance (SSA) to the Nigerian military and police for many years. This issue brief looks at the trends in U.S. assistance to Nigeria since FY2001. CIP’s Security Assistance Monitor has provided the data which demonstrates the magnitude of the U.S. role.

Issue Brief: U.S. Security Sector Assistance (SSA) to Nigeria
ISSUE BRIEF

Issue Brief: The Afghan Defense Sector Amidst a U.S. Drawdown

Security Assistance Monitor

Shepherding an orderly withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan has long proven to be an elusive objective for U.S. policymakers, but an announcement by U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien that thousands of U.S. service members would remain in Afghanistan into the new year capped a week of unusually public disagreements about the pace of the U.S. withdrawal. The scramble was sparked by a tweet from the President that all U.S. troops would be home by Christmas and came as a surprise to American defense officials, U.S. diplomats, and Afghan leaders alike. The contradictory messaging comes amidst faltering intra-Afghan peace talks, and as the Afghan government narrowly fended off off the first major Taliban offensive since the start of peace negotiations.

Issue Brief:  The Afghan Defense Sector Amidst a U.S. Drawdown

LATEST NEWS

Not So Fast, Say Lawmakers Who Suspect Lame Duck Trump is Expediting UAE Weapons Deal

Elias Yousif and William Hartung quoted

“The UAE continues to maintain a contingent of forces in Yemen, and to arm and train militias that have engaged in systematic human rights abuses,” writes William Hartung and Elias Yousif in a recent Security Assistance Monitor brief. They also point to the UAE’s use of drones in Libya, which is in violation of a United Nations embargo.

In F-35 sale to UAE, Senate seeks State Dept. guarantee for US technology and Israel

William Hartung and Elias Yousif quoted

Another advocacy organization, the Center for International Policy concluded in a new report that, in spite of the Trump administration’s assertions the deal will enable the UAE to address threats posed by Iran, the armed drones and precision-guided munitions included, “are more likely to find practical use in Yemen or Libya.”

UAE Enrolls Its Lobbyists in F-35 Fight

"Center for International Policy" mentioned

The United Arab Emirates has enrolled its fleet of lobbyists to try to assuage bipartisan concerns from Capitol Hill and the incoming Joe Biden administration over its pending acquisition of the F-35 fighter jet.

Others have pointed to the UAE’s military actions in Libya and Yemen, which have come under international criticism, as reasons to be wary about selling the Gulf country more weapons.

“The UAE’s active role in a number of regional conflicts raises the prospect that the arms and munitions announced as part of the package could directly contribute to ongoing violence and a troubling history of international humanitarian law violations,” the dovish Center for International Policy said in a Nov. 13 issue brief.

How the UAE Has Used the ‘War on Terror’ to Crack Down On Its People for Nine Years

by Sydney Boer

The UAE’s perception of political dissent as a threat to the regime strongly influences its national security agenda. The United States’ emphasis on the “war on terror” enabled a convenient justification for Abu Dhabi to pursue domestic political repression. The UAE also aligns its interventionist campaigns with U.S. counterterrorism initiatives in the region, which has enabled it to pursue its authoritarian policies on a regional scale. U.S. lawmakers and officials should reflect on the monarchy’s political repression in the context of U.S. policy in the Middle East, to ensure that the U.S. does not also misconduct counterterrorism and execute terror instead

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Acting Director, Security Assistance Monitor
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Security Assistance Monitor

We track and analyze U.S. security and defense assistance programs worldwide. By informing policymakers, media, scholars, NGOs and the public (in the United States and abroad) about trends and issues related to U.S. foreign security assistance, we seek to enhance transparency and promote greater oversight of U.S. military and police aid, arms sales and training.


Our interactive database compiles all publicly available data on U.S. foreign security assistance programs worldwide from 2000 to the present. Collected from a wide range of government documents, the database provides detailed numbers on U.S. arms sales, military and police aid and training programs. Users can search these numbers by country, region, program and assistance type. Video tutorials and a frequently asked questions section show users how to find the numbers and information they need. Our programs pages provide descriptions of all U.S. security assistance programs.


While our database is global, our research and analysis provide more in-depth insight on U.S. security policy in Africa, Central Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East, which can be found in our blog, fact sheets and publications. We also organize roundtables and briefings to promote a more nuanced understanding and encourage debate about key U.S. foreign security assistance issues.


In our extensive resource database of news, policy statements, legislation and events, users can find what lawmakers and experts are saying about U.S. global security policy, stay current with public events, hearings, official travel and reporting deadlines, and read all relevant security news for each of our focus regions.


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