Explaining U.S. Arms Sales

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This past June, the U.S. State Department inspector general who was fired by President Trump, revealed that the administration discouraged him from investigating arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which the administration has pursued despite intense opposition in Congress in light of Saudi Arabia’s disastrous war in Yemen and the murder of Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khoshoggi. These investigations also carried particular weight because of the sheer volume of sales from Washington to Riyadh. According to data from the Security Assistance Monitor, the United States delivered over $34 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia since 2002 and the two countries have agreed to sales worth $5.08 billion in 2019 alone.

This post summarizes the findings from “Power, Profit, and Prudence,” an article I coauthored with Jordan Cohen and Caroline Dorminey that appears in the Summer 2020 issue of Strategic Studies Quarterly.

Read more at Cato.org here.

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