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FAQ on U.S. aid to Egypt: Where does the money go?

We’ve taken a step back and tried to answer some basic questions about the aid, including how much the U.S. is giving Egypt, what’s changed in the years since the Arab Spring and what all the money buys.... Read more»

Iraq pullout could mean more non-competitive defense contracting

Out go all the U.S. troops by year’s end, President Obama said Friday about Iraq. And in go the contractors, along with some familiar contracting problems, say other government officials and independent experts.... Read more»

Analysis

Corruption, war hinders food aid to Somalia

As the famine in southern Somalia worsens, aid experts fear that corruption and the politics of terrorism are crimping the flow of humanitarian relief to areas where starvation is worst.... Read more»

Jill Biden visits refugee camps in Somalia

Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, led a high-profile delegation to northeast Kenya on Monday as a humanitarian crisis sparked by war, famine and drought engulfed the Horn of Africa.... Read more»

Are Americans getting their money's worth in foreign police?

The U.S. government pumped $3.5 billion into foreign police forces in 2009, an amount nearly 2,000 percent higher than two decades ago. Afghanistan received $1.6 billion while Iraq got $377 million, and virtually all of the funding came from the Pentagon and State Department.... Read more»

Analysis

U.S. funding for the Taliban: Can it be stopped?

Counterinsurgency theory bumps up against some hard realities in Afghanistan: “All the contractors for development projects pay the Taliban for protection and use of the roads, so American and coalition dollars help finance the Taliban.”... Read more»

Taxpayer money funneled to Taliban

A one-year probe into USAID funding in Afghanistan found that Afghan subcontractors have been funneling millions of dollars in taxpayer money to the Taliban, according to a summary of the report obtained by GlobalPost.... Read more»

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