Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Friday's Miscellany 04-10-2009

American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
· The Promise, and Peril, Ahead for Iraq

· Public Opinion on Taxes

Amnesty International
· Austria: Victim or Suspect - A Question of Colour: Racial Discrimination in the Austrian Justice System

Brookings Institution
· Economic Downturn and Instability in China: Time for Political Reform?

· In Defense of Partisan Politics
· The G-20 and the End of Ideology: From Washington to London to New York

· Job Sprawl Revisited: The Changing Geography of Metropolitan Employment

· Pyongyang Fails Again: North Korea’s Third Missile Launch and Kim Jong-il’s Miscalculation

· The Summit of the Americas and Democracy

· The Summit of the Americas and Regional Development Banks

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)
· Abolishing Nuclear Weapons: A Debate

· Brazil in the Global Economy: Measuring the Gains From Trade
· Luncheon: Whither U.S.-Russia Relations?
· Obama Skates on Thin Ice in Turkey
· U.S.-China Climate Change Cooperation

Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
· Big Energy Map

· The Past and Present as Prologue: Future Warfare Through the Lens of Contemporary Conflicts

Center for American Progress
· Economic Snapshot for April 2009

· Recommendations for the Public-Private Investment Program: Implementing the Treasury Department’s Plan to Clean up the Toxic Asset Mess

Center for Immigration Studies
· The Appearance of Security: REAL ID Final Regulations vs. PASS ID Act of 2009

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
· China's Capacity to Manage Infectious Diseases: Global Implications

· Commentary: Obama’s War Fighting Supplemental: $83.4 Billion More for Defense?
· Commentary: Opportunities for Obama in the Americas
· Critical Questions: The Haiti Donor's Conference
· Issues & Insights Vol. 09 - No. 02 - April 2009 - Next Generation Thinking about America's East Asia Strategy

· U.S. Strategy, Force Plans, and the FY2010 Defense Budget: The Questions Still to Be Answered

Chatham House
· Indonesia Elections: Potential Partners

· NATO at Sixty: Unhappy Returns

Congress. House. Armed Services Committee
· Chairman Skelton and Other Committee Chairs Urge OMB Director Orzag to Halt All Pay-for-Performance Systems Across the Federal Government

Congress. House. Foreign Affairs Committee
· Sinking the Copyright Pirates: Global Protection of Intellectual Property

Congress. House. Oversight and Government Reform Committee
· Chairman Towns Asks Secretary Geithner for Information Regarding Reports that Treasury Is Attempting to Circumvent Restrictions on Executive Pay at Firms Receiving Bailout Funds

Congress. Senate. Homeland Security and Government Affairs
· *Field Hearing* The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Making the Economic Stimulus Work for Connecticut

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
· Historical Effective Federal Tax Rates: 1979 to 2006

· The Impact of Ethanol Use on Food Prices and Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
· Addressing the Crisis in America's Oceans

· After Latest Brinksmanship, Engaging North Korea

· Can China Lift Japan Out of Recession?

· Human Rights Reporting and U.S. Foreign Policy
· A New Kind of Aid for Pakistan

· 'A Very Good Week' in Europe for President Obama

Department of Defense
· Annual Industrial Capabilities Report to Congress - 2009

· DoD Directive 3020.49, Orchestrating, Synchronizing, and Integrating Program Management of Contingency Acquisition Planning and Its Operational Execution

Department of Defense Inspector General (DODIG)
· D-2009-6-004 Defense Contract Management Agency Actions on Audits of Cost Accounting Standards and Internal Control Systems at DoD Contractors Involved in Iraq Reconstruction Activities

· D-2009-067 Controls Over Air Force Materiel Command Unliquidated Obligations on Department of the Air Force Contracts Supporting the Global War on Terror, April 3, 2007
· D-2009-073 DoD Components' Use of Global War on Terror Supplemental Funding Provided for Procurement and Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, April 8, 2009

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General
· OIG-09-44 - Letter Report: Review of Customs and Border Protection's Certification of Automated Targeting System - Passenger Enhancements

· OIG-09-43 - Investigation Concerning TSA's Compromise of Covert Testing Methods
· OIG-09-41 - Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Tracking and Transfers of Detainees

Department of Homeland Security Office of Immigration Statistics
· Nonimmigrant Admissions to the United States: 2008

Director of National Intelligence
· Intelligence Community Climate Survey

Federation of American Scientists & the Natural Resources Defense Council
· From Counterforce to Minimal Deterrence: A New Nuclear Policy on the Path Toward Eliminating Nuclear Weapons

Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)
· U.S.-European Relations 2009

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Aviation Safety: NASA's National Aviation Operations Monitoring Service Project Was Designed Appropriately, but Sampling and Other Issues Complicate Data Analysis GAO-09-112

· "GAO: Promoting Accountability and Transparency in Government," by Gene L. Dodaro, acting comptroller general of the United States, before the Women's Philanthropy Board 7th Annual Spring Symposium, Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama. GAO-09-572CG
· High-Level Leadership Needed to Help Guam Address Challenges Caused by DOD-Related Growth GAO-09-500R

· "Key Fiscal Challenges Facing the Accountability Community," by Gene L. Dodaro, acting comptroller general of the United States, before the 2009 AGA Southeast Region Professional Development Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee GAO-09-505CG

Heritage Foundation
· The Dirty Dozen: 12 New Policies That Undermine Civil Society

· The G-20 Summit: Mistakes and Missed Opportunities

· Help the Economy and Federal Deficit by Raising H-1B Caps
· Indonesian President Yudhoyono's Big Decision

· Obama in Ankara: Turkey's Dangerous Drift

· President Should Merge Homeland Security Council with NSC

· Principles for Reform of Catastrophic Natural Disaster Insurance

· Renewing Conservatism: Lessons from Britain

· Suspend UNDP Activities in North Korea, Again
· Where Is Nuclear Energy in the Markey-Waxman Energy Bill?

Human Rights Watch
· Open Secret: Illegal Detention and Torture by the Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force in Uganda

· Sri Lanka: Stop Shelling ‘No-Fire Zone’
· “You Can Die Any Time”: Death Squad Killings in Mindanao

Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)
· Assessment of Industry Investment in U.S. Domestic Production of Strategic Materials, IDA Paper P-4377

· Can Profit Policy & Contract Incentives Improve Defense Contract Outcomes? IDA Paper P-4391
· Defense Department Profit & Contract Finance Policies & Their Effects on Contract and Contractor Performance, IDA Paper P-4284
· Infrastructure Rationalization in the U.S. Naval Ship Industrial Base, IDA Paper P-4393

Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)
· Commercial Satellite Image Catches North Korean Missile During Flight

· Pre-Launch Satellite Imagery of the North Korean Missile at Musudan-ri

Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA)
· Critical Issues for Cyber Assurance Policy Reform: An Industry Assessment

International Relations and Security Network
· Astana Mixes in US-Iran Deal

· Cheap Labor for Private Security

· Growing Interest in Islamic Finance
· Japanese Navy Hits Somali Seas
· Kyrgyzstan: Tough Policing for Radicalism
· South Africa’s Election: Tainted Victory

· Transdniestria, Moldova: Unloved, Unresolved

· Yemen's Political Impasse
· US and Iran Met Secretly in Geneva

Jamestown Foundation
· Terrorism Monitor, v. 7, no. 9, April 10, 2009

*Journal of the Turkistan Islamic Party Urges Jihad in China
*Hafiz Gul Bahadur: A Profile of the Leader of the North Waziristan Taliban
*Motivations and Methods of India’s United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA)
*UK Charity Funding Arms and Training for Bangladeshi Terrorists

Lexington Institute
· The Value of English Proficiency to the United States Economy

National Academies Press
· Countering Terrorism: Biological Agents, Transportation Networks, and Energy Systems. Summary of a U.S.-Russian Workshop
[free download but registration required]
· Evaluation of Quantification of Margins and Uncertainties Methodology for Assessing and Certifying the Reliability of the Nuclear Stockpile
[free download but registration required]

National Governors Association (NGA)
· The Strengthening Our Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future: Strengthening Our Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future

National Security Archive
· Fujimori Found Guilty of Human Rights Crimes

Nuclear Weapons Complex Consolidation Policy Network
· Transforming the U.S. Strategic Posture and Weapons Complex for Transition to a Nuclear Weapons–Free World

Pew Hispanic Center
· Hispanics and the Criminal Justice System: Low Confidence, High Exposure

Policy Exchange
· Choosing Our Friends Wisely: Criteria for Engagement with Muslim Groups

· The Affordability of Alcoholic Beverages in the European Union: Understanding the Link Between Alcohol Affordability, Consumption and Harms

· Evaluating Options for U.S. Greenhouse-Gas Mitigation Using Multiple Criteria
· Qualifying Military Health Care Officers as "Joint": Weighing the Pros and Cons

Stimson Center
· Islam and Politics: Renewal and Resistance in the Muslim World

· Leveraging Science for Security: A Strategy for the Nuclear Weapons Laboratories in the 21st Century

Strategic Studies Institute
· The New Balance: Limited Armed Stabilization and the Future of U.S. Landpower

U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP)
· The Kurds in Syria: Fueling Separatist Movements in the Region?

· Land, Property, and the Challenge of Return for Iraq’s Displaced

· Somali Pirates Hold U.S. Captain Hostage
· Won’t You Be My Neighbor: Syria, Iraq and the Changing Strategic Context in the Middle East

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Elections in Algeria: Bouteflika Wins, Legitimacy Loses

· Misdirected Fire: The UNHRC Report on Gaza

· New Israeli Government: More Convergence Than Division

White House

· Request for Additional Funding for Initiatives or Operations Underway in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan

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