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WEEKLY MONITOR 
 
             February 6, 2017
Feature of the Week
This new guide provides an overview of key resources for understanding police sector reform in complex environments, including cases studies from many countries in Africa and the Middle East that the United States is actively engaged in supporting law enforcement.  
SAM in the News
 
Saudi Arabia and the Plight of the Arms Trade Treaty
The McGill International Review
SAM’s data on U.S. authorized arms sales to Saudi Arabia is referenced in this article about the increasingly problematic nature of the military and arms support received by Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.
Security Assistance News & Research Roundup

News & Blog Posts
US-LED Coalitions Trains Mosul Police, Plans for IS-Free Iraq
Associated Press, February 3, 2017
This article describes the U.S. effort to train Iraqi police in Mosul. The United States requested more than $1 billion to train Iraqi security forces FY 2017.

Trump to Focus Counter-Extremism Program Solely on Islam
Reuters, February 2, 2017
This articles describes the debate within the Trump administration about continuing Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) aid abroad. For an overview of past CVE aid, see this infographic.

Armed Crop Dusters Are Becoming a Hallmark of U.S. Military Aid
War is Boring, February 1, 2017
This blog discusses how these relatively simple planes are particularly well suited to fighting insurgents and terrorists who lack advanced anti-aircraft weapons.

Corker: Bahrain Jet Sales Likely Advance Under Trump, No Strings Attached
Defense News, January 31, 2017
Sen. Bob Corker expects the White House to approve F-16 sales to Bahrain after deal was blocked by Obama Administration over Arab Spring crackdown on protests.

How Trump’s Attack on Mexico Could Hurt Border Security
POLITICO, January 27, 2017
This article examines how $2.6B in U.S. security assistance to Mexico since 2008 could be compromised by Trump's border security approach

Research & Analysis
Major Arms Sales Notification Tracker
Forum on the Arms Trade
The Forum on the Arms Trade has launched an ongoing resource tracking major arms sales notifications, providing analysis on select notifications, as well as resources reaching back to 1997.

The Gradual Emergence of Second Generation Security Sector Reform in Timor-Leste
Centre for Security Governance
This paper argues that second generation models offer a new direction and opportunities in the security sector reform process where orthodox interpretations fall short of achieving systemic change.
Data Fact of the Week
Number of Foreign Soldiers Potentially Impacted by the Immigration Freeze
Between 2013-2015 about 740 foreign officers from countries that are now included in President Trump's immigration freeze received military training and education in the United States. The United States has also provided $5.25B in military and police aid to these countries between 2014-2017, of which Iraq received $4.3B, Somalia $760M, Yemen $184M and Libya $26M. Click here for more details. 
From the U.S. Government

State Department Notification
U.S. Relations with Algeria
February 2, 2017
This fact sheet describes the purpose of U.S. security and economic assistance to the North African country.

Defense Department Notifications
Republic of Korea – AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Missiles
January 31, 2017
The estimated cost is $70 million.

Republic of Korea – AGM-65G-2 Maverick Missiles
January 31, 2017
The estimated cost is $70 million.

White House Notifications
Statement by the National Security Advisor
February 1, 2017
The Trump Administration released a statement condemning actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity, and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East.

Presidential Memorandum Plan to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
January 28, 2017
This memorandum states that "within 30 days, a preliminary draft of the Plan to defeat ISIS shall be submitted to the President by the Secretary of Defense."
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Quote of the Week
 
"We want Americans to sleep the sleep of the righteous, knowing that the smallest fraction of their tax dollar goes to ease poverty and reduce injustice."

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Tom Countryman, the outgoing under secretary of state for arms control, Remarks at Retirement Ceremony on January 31, 2017
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