Public Keynote: Sarah Chayes, “Counterproductive Coalitions”
Partnering with “front-line” militaries has become a centerpiece of President Obama’s counter-terrorism policy. Yet the governments those militaries serve might be described as sophisticated criminal organizations, whose core
objective is the use of public office to amass personal gain. Though human rights considerations do constrain some delivery of U.S. military assistance, the problem may be broader than the Leahy Law, for example, draws it. Are these
really the best partners in the effort to combat extremism? What precautions are being taken to avoid associating the U.S. with the abuses of these governments?