Accession Number:

ADA470461

Title:

Securing Tyrants or Fostering Reform? U.S. Internal Security Assistance to Repressive and Transitioning Regimes

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP ARLINGTON VA NATIONAL SECURITY RESEARCH DIV

Report Date:

2006-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

234.0

Abstract:

This report examines U.S. government assistance to the police and internal security agencies of repressive and transitioning states. Throughout its history, the United States has provided assistance to a number of countries that have not shared its political ideals. Their security forces were not accountable to the public, and their practices and approaches were not transparent. The decision to provide assistance to repressive and autocratic states and states that are, to varying extents, seeking to transition away from repression raises a number of questions, the answers to which have significant policy implications. Can U.S. assistance improve the effectiveness of internal security agencies in countering security threats Has U.S. assistance improved the accountability and human rights records of these agencies What is the relationship between improving security and improving accountability and human rights

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE