Monthly Archives: October 2013

Georgia’s New President and the U.S. Military Relationship

On Sunday, Georgian voters elected a new president to replace Mikheil Saakashvili, who has dominated politics in the country for nearly ten years. Saakashvili’s rule was defined in large part by his tight embrace of the United States, with a particular emphasis on the military relationship between the two countries. But with the reins of […]

MENA Security by the Numbers – October 28

According to Amnesty International, the Iraqi government executed 42 individuals in two days last week because they were convicted under an Anti Terrorism Law adopted in 2005. In response to these executions, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) urged the Iraqi government to immediately stop all future executions, describing them as “obscene […]

Africa Week in Review – October 25, 2013

The Commander of AFRICOM General David M. Rodriguez and the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield held a press briefing for African journalists this week to discuss U.S. foreign policy and security cooperation in the Sub-Saharan Africa (Transcript) General Rodriguez lauded AFRICOM’s regional partners’ progress against the Lord Resistance Army in Central […]

MENA Week in Review – October 25

Below is a roundup of some of the top articles and news highlights from around the Middle East and North Africa over the last week: Egypt: Egyptian police arrested 55 students from al-Azhar University as anti-military protestors clashed with security forces at the university on Sunday. Reuters noted that the protests might reflect a new […]

Eurasia News Week in Review

A roundup of some of the top articles and news highlights from around Central Eurasia over the last week: The Caucasus and Turkey: Azerbaijan replaced its long-serving defense minister, Safar Abiyev, as well as two other top Defense Ministry officials. Abiyev, who had served since 1995, was replaced by Zakir Hasanov, the head of the […]

Nigeria’s deteriorating conflict and human rights concerns

The Nigerian military is intensifying its military campaign in the north of Nigeria. The move comes after several Boko Haram attacks and increased insecurity on trade routes in Northern Nigeria. Simultaneously, human rights organizations and several media outlets raised new concerns regarding human rights and the conduct of the Nigerian military.   Data from Council […]

Overview of U.S. Partial Suspension of Security Assistance to Egypt

On October 9, U.S. State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki announced via press release that the Obama administration was recalibrating assistance to Egypt “to best advance our interests.” The notification came after weeks of speculation that the White House had been reevaluating its relationship with Egypt following the July coup that overthrew former President Morsi. Senior […]