Friday, July 18, 2008

Friday's Miscellany 07-18-2008

Brookings Institute
· Should the International Monetary Fund Do Surveillance?

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
· The New Arab Diplomacy: Not With the U.S. and Not Against the U.S.
· North Korea Hands Over Nuclear Details

Center for American Progress
· The Cost of Reaction: The Long-Term Costs of Short-Term Cures

Center for Security Policy
· The New Battlefield in Latin America,%202008.pdf

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
· Assessing Chinese Government Response to the Challenge of Environment and Health
· Closing Guantánamo: From Bumper Sticker to Blueprint
· Earth Observations and Global Change: Why? Where Are We? What Next?
· The Ongoing Lessons of Armed Nation Building In Afghanistan and Iraq
· U.S. and Chinese Engagement in Africa: Prospects for Improving U.S.-China-Africa Cooperation
· U.S.-Russia Relations: Facing Reality Pragmatically

Combating Terrorism Center
· CTC Sentinel v. 1, no. 8, July 2008
o "Why Terrorists Quit: Gaining from Al-Qa`ida's Losses" by Michael Jacobsen
o "An Ideological and Operational Threat: Abu`Amr/Shayk`Isa" by Erich Marquardt and Abdul Hameed Bakier
o "Indonesia's Approach to Jihadist Deradicalization" by Kristen E. Schulze
o "The High Stakes Battle for the Future of Musa Qala" by David C. Isby
o "Al-Qa`ida Seeking to Recruit African-American Muslims" by Cadets Benjamin Haas and Daniel McGrory
o "Propaganda and Peace Deals: The Taliban's Information War in Pakistan" by Arthur Keller
o "Uncovering Extremist Violence in Morocco" by Alison Pargeter
o "After Action Report: Nuanced Diplomacy in Zerok, Afghanistan" by Captain John C. Gibson, U.S. Army

Congress. House Oversight Committee
· Committee Continues Investigation of Widespread Electrical Problems in Iraq
· Misleading Information from the Battlefield: The Tillman and Lynch Episodes
· Various reports/documents related to the Tillman report

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
· How Changes in the Value of the Chinese Currency Affect U.S. Imports
· Increasing the Value of Federal Spending on Health Care
· Long-Term Effects of Indexing the Alternative Minimum Tax and Extending the Tax Reductions of 2001 and 2003

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
· As Afghanistan Roils, Pakistan Draws Heat
· Iran's Nuclear Program
· Meltdown Risk, Revisited
· Securing Pakistan's Tribal Belt

Department of Defense Inspector General (DODIG)
· 08-086 Challenges Impacting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom Reported by Major Oversight Organizations Beginning FY 2003 through 2007
· D-2008-104 DoD Implementation of Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
· Bank Crime Statistics

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Air Traffic Control: FAA Uses Earned Value Techniques to Help Manage Information Technology Acquisitions, but Needs to Clarify Policy and Strengthen Oversight
· Aviation Security: Transportation Security Administration May Face Resource and Other Challenges in Developing a System to Screen All Cargo Transported on Passenger Aircraft
· Biosurveillance: Preliminary Observations on Department of Homeland Security's Biosurveillance Initiatives
· Broadcasting to Cuba: Weaknesses in Contracting Practices Reduced Visibility into Selected Award Decisions
· Defense Space Activities: DOD Needs to Further Clarify the Operationally Responsive Space Concept and Plan to Integrate and Support Future Satellites
· Emergency Management: GAO Responses to Post-hearing Questions for the Record
· Emergency Preparedness: States Are Planning for Medical Surge, but Could Benefit from Shared Guidance for Allocating Scarce Medical Resources
· Export-Import Bank: Performance Standards for Small Business Assistance Are in Place but Ex-Im Is in the Early Stages of Measuring Their Effectiveness
· Food Insecurity Persists in Sub-Saharan Africa despite Efforts to Halve Hunger by 2015
· Food Safety: Selected Countries' Systems Can Offer Insights into Ensuring Import Safety and Responding to Foodborne Illness
· Force Structure: Preliminary Observations on the Progress and Challenges Associated with Establishing the U.S. Africa Command
· Gulf Opportunity Zone: States Are Allocating Federal Tax Incentives to Finance Low-Income Housing and a Wide Range of Private Facilities
· Hurricane Katrina: Trends in the Operating Results of Five Hospitals in New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina
· Los Alamos National Laboratory: Long-Term Strategies Needed to Improve Security and Management Oversight
· National Flood Insurance Program: Financial Challenges Underscore Need for Improved Oversight of Mitigation Programs and Key Contracts
· Nuclear Detection: Preliminary Observations on the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office's Efforts to Develop a Global Nuclear Detection Architecture
· Nuclear Security: NRC and DHS Need to Take Additional Steps to Better Track and Detect Radioactive Materials
· Nuclear Weapons: Views on NNSA's Proposal to Transform the Nuclear Weapons Complex
· Personnel Clearances: Questions for the Record Regarding Security Clearance Reform
· Rapid Acquisition of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles

Heritage Foundation
· Combating Terrorism in Pakistan: Going on the Offensive
· Congressional Oversight of Homeland Security in Dire Need of Overhaul
· Economic Freedom and the African Growth and Opportunity Act
· Grants Should Not Be the Pork to Feed State Homeland Security Spending
· How Rising Gas Prices Hurt American Households
· In Defense of Liberty: The Relationship Between Security and Freedom
· Indonesia Holds Up ASEAN Charter Ratification for Burmese People
· North Korea Denuclearization Requires Rigorous Verification System
· Oil Speculators: A Marginal (at Best) Cause of High Energy Prices
· Zimbabwe’s Enabler: How Chinese Arms Keep Mugabe in Power

Hudson Institute
· Saudi Arabia's Curriculum of Intolerance

Human Rights Watch
· “Being Neutral is Our Biggest Crime” Government, Vigilante, and Naxalite Abuses in India’s Chhattisgarh State
· Courting History: The Landmark International Criminal Court’s First Years

Information Sharing Environment (ISE)
· Annual Report to the Congress on the Information Sharing Environment (June 2008)

Institut für Strategie- Politik- Sicherheits- und Wirtschaftsberatung (ISPSW)
· A New Market Takes Shape [This paper examines developments in networked security operations and aerial drones]

International Crisis Watch
· The New Lebanese Equation: The Christians’ Central Role
· New ICC Prosecution: Opportunities and Risks for Peace in Sudan
· Reforming Pakistan’s Police
· Ruling Palestine II: The West Bank Model?

International Relations and Security Network
· Bosnia: Corruption Watchdog Under Fire
· Lebanon Deal Eases Tensions
· Mexico Infiltrated
· Sudan and the ICC: A Guide

National Institute of Justice
· Policing in Arab-American Communities After September 11
· NIJ Journal No. 260, July 2008
o A Look at Terrorist Behavior: How They Prepare, Where They Strike by Brent Smith
o Interagency Coordination: A Case Study of the 2005 London Train Bombings by Kevin J. Strom, and Joe Eyerman
o 'Internationalizing' Criminal Justice Research by Philip Bulman

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
· Best Practices to Address Community Gang Problems

· Does America Need A New Grand Strategy?
· Effectively Sustaining Forces Overseas While Minimizing Supply Chain Costs: Targeted Theater Inventory · Sustaining Key Skills in the UK Naval Industry

Refugees International
· U.S. Civil-Military Imbalance for Global Engagement: Lessons from the Operational Level in Africa

Strategic Studies Institute (SSI)
· Civil-Military Relations in a Post-9/11 World
· Key Strategic Issues List, July 2008

US Institute of Peace
· Zimbabwe's Electoral Violence

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Determinants of a U.S. Drawdown
· Drug Trafficking and Middle Eastern Terrorist Groups: A Growing Nexus?
· Hizballah's Military Wing Under Pressure Despite Political Gains
· Saudi Arabia: Interfaith Talks Abroad, Intolerance at Home
· The Way Back from Islamism

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