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Title Securing tyrants or fostering reform? : U.S. internal security assistance to repressive and transitioning regimes / Seth G. Jones [and others].

Imprint Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corp., 2006.
Publication Info. 2006


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Description 1 online resource (xxviii, 203 pages) : illustrations
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Note Summary of a workshop.
"Prepared for the Open Society Institute."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-203).
Contents Executive Summary -- Introduction -- A Historical context -- El Salvador -- Uzbekistan -- Afghanistan -- Pakistan -- Conclusion.
Summary The United States has provided assistance to the security forces of a number of repressive states that do not share its political ideals. This practice raises several questions, the answers to which have significant policy implications: Has U.S. assistance improved the effectiveness of internal security forces in countering security threats? Has it improved the accountability and human rights records of these forces? What is the relationship between improving security and improving accountability and human rights? This study addresses these questions by examining the results of U.S. assistance to four states: El Salvador, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. U.S. assistance to El Salvador improved the accountability and human rights practices of the Salvadoran police but not their effectiveness as violent crime rates soared. In Uzbekistan, programs focused on counterproliferation, export control, and specific investigatory techniques were effective. But autocracy and repression by Uzbek officials, including security forces, have increased in recent years. Assistance to Afghanistan has somewhat improved the accountability and human rights practices of Afghan security forces. The vast majority of serious human rights abuses in the country are now committed by insurgent groups and warlords. In Pakistan, the U.S. government has not paid significant attention to the implications of its security assistance for the improvement of accountability and human rights, in large part because these goals have not been a focus of that assistance. Overall, these analyses suggest that efforts to improve the effectiveness, human rights, and accountability of internal security forces are more likely to be successful when states are transitioning from repressive to democratic systems. In addition, several factors are critical for success: the duration of assistance, viability of the justice system, and support and buy-in from the local government (including key ministries).
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Language English.
Subject Security Assistance Program -- Congresses.
Military assistance, American -- El Salvador -- Congresses.
Military assistance, American -- Uzbekistan -- Congresses.
Military assistance, American -- Afghanistan -- Congresses.
Military assistance, American -- Pakistan -- Congresses.
HISTORY -- Military -- Other.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- International Relations -- General.
Military assistance, American. (OCoLC)fst01020932
Security Assistance Program. (OCoLC)fst01110870
Afghanistan. (OCoLC)fst01205406
El Salvador. (OCoLC)fst01205530
Pakistan. (OCoLC)fst01210275
Uzbekistan. (OCoLC)fst01260657
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Conference papers and proceedings. (OCoLC)fst01423772
Added Author Jones, Seth G., 1972-
International Security and Defense Policy Center.
Open Society Institute.
Other Form: Print version: Securing tyrants or fostering reform?. Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corp., 2006 9780833040183 0833040189 (DLC) 2006031744 (OCoLC)76139356
ISBN 9780833042620 (electronic bk.)
0833042629 (electronic bk.)
Report No. RAND/MG-550-OSI

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