A Short and (In)Glorious History of U.S. Military Aid and Arms Sales

by Derek Davison With all due respect to Tom Cotton and his efforts to pick a fight with somebody, anybody, in the Iranian government, it’s rare to see the leader of a foreign country engaged in a public spat with… Continue Reading  

Is the U.S. Facilitating the Use of Mercenaries in Yemen?

by William D. Hartung The recent New York Times report that the United Arab Emirates is paying, arming, and training retired soldiers from Colombia and other Latin American countries to fight in Yemen marks a troubling turning point in the… Continue Reading  

U.S. Special Ops Missions in Africa Fail to Stem Rising Tide of Terror

by Nick Turse “Africa is a challenging place today and one that, if left unattended, is likely to be the birthplace of many more challenges in the future,” Army Secretary John McHugh said recently. Since 9/11, in fact, the continent… Continue Reading  

U.S. Assistance to Nigeria Should Be Tied to Human Rights

by William D. Hartung In his recent visit to Washington, newly elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had harsh words for U.S. restrictions on military aid to his nation. In particular, he singled out the Leahy Law, which blocks U.S. aid… Continue Reading