Governance and Security Sector Assistance: The Missing Link - Part I
By Gordan Adams and Richard Sokolsky
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120919-N-WX059-137 U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Zachary Hodge, left, trains with sailors from the Bangladesh Special Warfare Diving and Salvage unit during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2012 in Chittagong, Bangladesh, on Sept. 19, 2012. The readiness training is a series of bilateral military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. Hodge is assigned to the Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Pacific.
July 12, 2015 —
The United States continues to pour money into helping improve local security forces. Yet they still often fail, at times disastrously. In this first part of the series, Gordon Adams of American University and Richard Sokolsky of Carnegie argue that the United States often ignores the problem of governance when it helps allied security forces: too often resources go to governments that are venal or incompetent, and U.S. efforts are wasted.
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