August 05, 2015

Security Cooperation and Assistance: Rethinking the Return on Investment

By Dafna Rand and Stephen Tankel

Dr. Dafna H. Rand  and Dr. Stephen Tankel argue that despite the growth of new programs and authorities to build partnership capacity in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and many other countries facing similar threats, the success of these efforts is often limited by structural and strategic deficiencies. The report makes 10 recommendations for how the United States can better realize its national security interests, including consolidating the many new security assistance authorities and focusing on the specific objectives of a particular program in order to synthesize military and non-military goals.

  • Dafna Rand

  • Stephen Tankel

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Stephen Tankel is an assistant professor in the School of International Service at American University, where he specializes in international security with a focus on politica...