Office of Africa and Middle East Programs: Lebanon

INL programs in Lebanon build the government’s operational capacity to combat crime, prevent and respond to terror attacks, monitor Lebanon’s borders, and improve its ability to combat the infiltration of weapons and terrorists into Lebanon. Assistance focuses on supporting the development of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces as a professional, democratic police force, with the necessary training, equipment and institutional capacity to enforce the rule of law in Lebanon, which is key to implementing United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1559 and 1701.

Recent events have caused Yemen to become a major U.S. foreign policy priority due to the increasing threat posed by the Yemen-based Al Qaeda affiliate known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). AQAP has launched attacks against the United States, Saudi Arabia, and other friends and allies. The most recent attack came in the form of homemade bombs hidden in printer cartridges and placed on cargo planes bound for the U.S. The U.S. Government is increasing its engagement and aid to Yemen in an effort to combat AQAP, stabilize the country, and improve basic government services so that terrorist organizations no longer find a safe haven. INL/AME, together with our interagency partners, is ramping up our efforts to build the capacity of the Yemeni police, judiciary, and corrections sectors. Our aim is to help make these criminal justice institutions more professional, accountable, and responsive to the public, which will in turn allow them to be better able to meet the needs of ordinary Yemenis, combat the influence of AQAP, and counter the fostering of radicalization. Prisons, which have often served as incubators of violent extremism, are a critical and often overlooked component of the criminal justice sector and will be a major focus of future INL/AME programs in Yemen.