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WEEKLY MONITOR 
 
             February 27, 2017
Feature of the Week
Trends in International Arms Transfers, 2016
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, February 2017
Major weapons sales reached their highest volume for any five-year period since the end of the Cold War according to SIPRI's new annual fact sheet on trends in international arms transfers. SIPRI and other international arms trade experts will be presenting their findings on the future of the arms trade at a public event in Washington, D.C. tomorrow morning. 
SAM in the News
CNSNews.com, February 22, 2017
SAM Director Colby Goodman is quoted in this article on the dramatic increase of arms sales to Mexico in the past five years, with the United States accounting for more than half of all transfers. See SAM's data fact below showing the the increase in arms sales between 2013-2015. 
Security Assistance News & Research Roundup

News & Blog Posts
Replaced? Security Force Assistance Brigades Vs. Special Forces
War on the Rocks, February 23, 2017
This blog examines the recent history of  U.S. Army Special Forces in training, advising, and assisting other military forces in an effort to contextualize the U.S. Army’s new Security Force Assistance brigades.

Industry Jittery About Defense Exports
National Defense Magazine, March 2017
This article discusses anxieties within American defense companies with the current U.S. arms export control system and arms sales market. 

CIA-Backed Aid for Syrian Rebels Frozen After Islamist Attack
Reuters, February 21, 2017
This article analyzes the freeze of CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria after they faced major attacks by Islamist militants last month.

Rex Tillerson is Already Underwater
Politico Magazine, February 22, 2017
This article mentions the challenges the State Department has had with maintaining its lead in developing U.S. security assistance strategy and offers suggestions for Tillerson to assert his authority within the Trump Administration.

Lawmakers Want US-Kenya Aircraft Sale Investigated
Defense News, February 23, 2017
The article states that five GOP lawmakers from North Carolina have asked a U.S. watchdog agency to probe a deal with the Kenyan government for 12 weaponized surveillance aircraft.

Research & Analysis
Focused Engagement: A New Way Forward in Afghanistan
Center for a New American Security, February 21, 2017
This report discusses a new approach to bring the Afghanistan war to a successful conclusion that advances U.S. interests at an acceptable and sustainable cost.

The Privatization of Security in Africa: Challenges and Lessons from Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal
Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, February 2017
This report analyzes key characteristics of security privatization in Africa, offers new insights into the significance of this phenomenon, and identifies specific entry points that should inform processes to promote good governance of the security sector in Africa.

The Big Spin: Corruption and the Growth of Violent Extremism
Transparency International, Defence & Security, February 2017
This piece assesses how organizations like ISIS take advantage of corruption in their efforts to recruit and retain disillusioned members, even as they use corrupt practices to channel funds and smuggle arms, drugs, and people.
Data Fact of the Week
U.S. Direct Commercial Arms Sales to Mexico 2013-2015
While Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) authorizations fluctuated, U.S. arms deliveries to Mexico increased 292 percent between FY 2013 and FY 2015. Military aircraft accounted for 83 percent of DCS authorizations for Mexico in FY 2015 followed by military electronics. See our arms sales database for more details.
From the U.S. Government

Justice Department Notification
Summary of Major U.S. Export Enforcement, Economic Espionage, Trade Secret, and Embargo-Related Criminal Cases
February 17, 2017
The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) has published its Summary of Major U.S. Export Enforcement, Economic Espionage, Trade Secret, and Embargo-Related Criminal Cases, (January 2014 to the present: updated February 17, 2017).
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