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WEEKLY MONITOR 
 
             March 27, 2017
Feature of the Week
U.S. Security Cooperation With Iraq
U.S. State Department
The U.S. State Department released a fact sheet this week outlining how U.S. security cooperation activities are increasing the Iraqi Security Forces’ capability and supporting their long-term development as a professional military. The fact sheet also provides a brief overview of U.S. security assistance programs in Iraq such as Foreign Military Sales, Foreign Military Financing, and International Military Education Training.
Security Assistance News & Research Roundup

News & Blog Posts
The Effects of Suspending Aid to Moderate Syrian Opposition Groups
The Atlantic Council, March 15, 2017
This article looks into the positive and negative effects of the CIA’s reported freeze on logistical and military aid to elements of the Free Syrian Army.

Prepare, Pursue, Prevail! Onward and Upward with U.S. Central Command 
TomDispatch.com, March 21, 2017
This article examines the future of CENTCOM as the expansion and escalation of U.S. wars and conflicts across the Greater Middle East becomes business as usual in a militarized Washington.

Iraqi Prime Minister: My Country Needs More Help from the U.S.
The Washington Post, March 23, 2017
This opinion piece by Iraqi Prime Minister al-Abadi expresses the desire of Iraqis to create peace and stability and asks Americans for continued support in restoring Iraq.

What Donald Trump’s Budget Means for Pakistan
The Diplomat, March 21, 2017
This article states that Trump’s budget proposal might result in expediting Pakistan's shift toward regional powers at the expense of its alliance with the United States.

Trump’s Challenge to China: White House Preparing Big Arms Sale to Taiwan, sources Say
Independent, March, 18 2017
The article discusses a possible arms package to Taiwan that could surpass the previously stalled arms deal under the Obama Administration. 

Research & Analysis
Building Partner Capacity: Inventory of Department of Defense Security Cooperation and Department of State Security Assistance Efforts
Government Accountability Office, March 24, 2017
This report presents GAO’s FY 2016 inventory of State and Defense Department security cooperation and assistance efforts in order to determine whether these agencies are adequately coordinating (and not duplicating) efforts.

Counter-Terrorism Pitfalls: What the U.S. Fight Against ISIS and al-Qaeda Should Avoid
International Crisis Group, March 2017
This report outlines the possible failures in counter-terrorism operations that President Trump should avoid as his administration looks to make counter-terrorism a centerpiece of its foreign policy. 

ATT-related Activities in Latin America and the Caribbean: Identifying Gaps and Improving Coordination
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, 2017
This paper highlights potential gaps and overlaps in the types of international cooperation and assistance provided to Latin America and the Caribbean in combatting the arms trade.
Data Fact of the Week 
In light of recent news on a possible new arms package for Taiwan, here are some previous Foreign Military Sales to Taiwan between 2010 and 2016. For more information on U.S. arms sales to Taiwan check out our database here.
From the U.S. Government

Congressional Notifications
H.R.1644 - To enhance sanctions with respect to transactions relating to North Korea, and for other purposes
March 21, 2017

S.672 - A bill to require a report on designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, and for other purposes
March 21, 2017

White House Notification
Joint Readout of Meeting Between President Donald J. Trump and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
March 20, 2017
President Trump and Prime Minister al-Abadi agreed that it is essential for Iraq to maintain positive relations with regional partners, both to enhance stability in the Middle East and to help Iraq rebuild from the occupation of ISIS/Da’esh.

State Department
The Global Coalition - Working to Defeat ISIS
March 22, 2017
The fact sheet outlines the current state of ISIS and actions that the U.S. and the 68-member Global Coalition are taking to defeat it.
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Hearing
 
The House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce will convene a hearing Tuesday, March 28 to discuss the president’s recent budget proposal and its impact on U.S. foreign assistance.
Quote of the Week
 
"An essential part of any successful action on the part of the United States is an understanding on the part of the people of America of the character of the problem and the remedies to be applied. Political passion and prejudice should have no part."
 
                                                                        George C. Marshall
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