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We Moved!

Our new website, the Security Assistance Monitor (www.SecurityAssistance.org), launched in November and this blog has moved over to join it! You can now read our future (and past!) blog posts at http://securityassistance.org/our-work/blog. Use this link to subscribe to our blog’s RSS feed. Security Assistance Monitor is a new comprehensive online guide that documents all publicly […]

AFRICOM: Exercises in 2013

Every year, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) organizes several bilateral and multilateral exercises within its area of responsibility, which spans the African continent (with the exception of Egypt,) its island countries and adjacent waters. These exercises range from simulated peacekeeping operations to maritime security. Below is a roundup of a number of these exercises U.S. Africa […]

Africa Week in Review – December 20th

Below is a roundup of some of the top articles and news highlights from around Africa over the last week. The same week the U.S. military started airlifting French and African Union peacekeeping troops to the Central African Republic, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Powers, landed in the capital Bangui this Thursday […]

Africa Week in Review – December 13, 2013

Below is a roundup of some of the top articles and news highlights from around Africa over the last week: President Barack Obama returned to Washington D.C. on Wednesday after attending the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, where he delivered a eulogy for the Nobel Peace Prize winner and first black South African president. Media […]

U.S. Military and Police Training in South Sudan

Last week, in an interview with the Sudan Tribune, South Sudan’s Interior Minister Aleu Ayeny Aleu praised U.S. assistance to South Sudan, especially the training provided to the country’s security forces. Minister Aleu said this training has helped South Sudan “transform [the] security forces, particularly police and the [South Sudan army] (SPLA).” While a senior […]

Africa Week in Review – December 6, 2013

Below is a roundup of some of the top articles and news highlights from around Africa over the last week: Nelson Mandela, Nobel Peace Prize winner, anti-apartheid hero, and South Africa’s first black president passed away December 5th. His death stirred an outpouring of grief across Africa and the world.  South Africa President Jacob Zuma […]

Human Rights Abuses by Kenya’s Anti-Terrorism Police Unit

The Open Society Justice Initiative and Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) released a new report titled, We’re Tired of Taking You to the Court: Human Rights Abuses by Kenya’s Anti-Terrorism Police Unit, on November 20th, 2013.  The report argues that the Kenyan Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) has committed gross human rights violations since their creation […]