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Surrogate Forces: U.S. Foreign Military Training


For some time the U.S. government has forged relations with foreign countries by providing military training and equipment. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, this type of assistance — sometimes provided by private military contractors — has become a key component in the so-called war on terrorism. In many cases, the U.S. government is working with militaries that are known violators of human rights. On this edition of Making Contact, we take a look at U.S. training programs for foreign armies. We also examine a new recruitment push by the U.S. military.


Lora Lumpe, senior associate with the International Peace Research Institute; Debra Avant, associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University; Major General William Nash (retired), Council on Foreign Relations; Sharon Burke, advocacy director for military security and police issues at Amnesty International; Wilson Riles, former regional director for the American Friends Service Committee.

For more information:

Foreign Policy in Focus report: “U.S. Foreign Military Training: Global Reach, Global Power, and Oversight Issues”

Amnesty International – Washington, D.C.

School of Social Justice and Community Development

Author: Kwan

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