Sunday, July 12, 2009

Friday's Miscellany 07-10-2009

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
· The Persistence of Racial and Ethnic Profiling in the United States

American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
· Algeria - Iran Foreign Relations

· Quotes from Iranian Officials on Foreign Influence in the Situation in Iran

American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS)
· Keynes in Lederhosen: Assessing the German Response to the Financial Crisis

· 'They Can and Must Increase': An Analysis of U.S.-Russian Economic Relations in International Comparison
· Toward a Transatlantic Eastern Policy? The U.S., the EU, and the "In-Between States"

American Institute of Architects
· Design for Diplomacy: New Embassies for the 21st Century

· Fatal Flaws - Barriers to Maternal Health in Peru

· Israel/Gaza: Operation "Cast Lead": 22 Days of Death and Destruction

· Nigeria: Petroleum, Pollution and Poverty in the Niger Delta
· Rule Without Law: Human Rights Violations in the North Caucasus

Arms Control Association
· Preventive Military Action: The Worst Way to Deal With Iran's Nuclear Program

Atlantic Council of the United States
· Confidence Building between Turks and Iraqi Kurds

· The START Follow-On Negotiations: Russians Focus on Delivery Vehicles

Brookings Institution
· Applying Counterinsurgency Principles in Pakistan’s Frontier

· Mastering Counterinsurgency: A Workshop Report

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)
· Defending U.S. Leadership on Disarmament

· Local Elections and National Democracy Opportunities in Morocco

· The Taliban's Winning Strategy in Afghanistan
· Verifying North Korea's Nuclear Programme: Technical Options and Policy Choices

· An International Monetary Fund Currency to Rival the Dollar? Why Special Drawing Rights Can't Play That Role

Center for American Progress
· After the “Reset”: A Strategy and New Agenda for U.S. Russia Policy

Center for Security Policy
· 'Take My Voice': An Everywoman's Story from Iran

· Time to reject dictatorship in Latin America
· U.S. Nuclear Deterrence in the 21st Century – Getting It Right
· Your Deterrent: What's at Stake at the Moscow Summit

Center for Security Studies (CSS)
· No. 57: "The New Appeal of Nuclear Energy and the Dangers of Proliferation"

· No. 58: "US$147/B One Year On: Political Winners and Strategic Losers"

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
· Conflict, Community, and Criminality in Southeast Asia and Australia

· Crossing the Natural Gas Bridge

· Equipping USAID for Success

Combating Terrorism Center (CTC)
· CTC Sentinel, v. 2, no. 6, June 2009

*Al-Qa`ida’s Pakistan Strategy – Don Rassler
*Preventing Another Mumbai: Building a Police Operational Art – John Sullivan and Adam Elkus
*The Indian Mujahidin and Lashkar-i-Tayyiba’s Transnational Networks – Praveen Swami
*Taming Iranian-backed Special Groups in Maysan Province – Michael Knights
*Invoking Zarqawi” Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi’s Jihad Deficit – Joas Wagenmakers
*Terrorist Financing on the Internet – Michael Jacobson
· Embattled in Arabia: Shi‘is and the Politics of Confrontation in Saudi Arabia

Congress. House. Armed Services Committee
· Hearings Information

*Status of Army and Marine Corps Reset Requirements [July 9, 2009]
*Challenges to Effective Acquisition and Management of Information Technology Systems [July 9, 2009]

Congress. House. Energy and Commerce Committee
· Regulation of Bottled Water

Congress. House. Foreign Affairs Committee
· The Crisis in Honduras

· The Export Administration Act: A Review of Outstanding Policy Considerations
· Nuclear Cooperation with the United Arab Emirates: Review of the Proposed U.S.-UAE Agreement

Congress. House. Homeland Security Committee
· Markup: H.R. 1881 - “The Transportation Security Workforce Enhancement Act of 2009”

· “FEMA Housing: An Examination of Current Problems and Innovative Solutions”

Congress. House. Judiciary Committee
· Legal Issues Surrounding the Military Commissions System

Congress. House. Oversight and Government Reform Committee
· The Rise of the Mexican Drug Cartels and U.S. National Security

· Tracking the Money: Preventing Waste, Fraud and Abuse of Recovery Act Funding

Congress. Senate. Armed Services Committee
· Legal Issues Regarding Military Commissions and the Trial of Detainees for Violations of the Law of War

Congress. Senate. Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee
· U.S. Coast Guard Oversight

Congress. Senate. Foreign Relations Committee
· Industrial Competiveness Under Climate Politics: Lessons from Europe

Congress. Senate. Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee
· From Strategy to Implementation: Strengthening U.S.-Pakistan Relations

· The Federal Protective Service: Time for Reform

Council for Foreign Relations
· Crisis Between Ukraine and Russia

· Gross or Net International Financial Flows
· U.S. Immigration Policy

Department of Defense
· Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan - June 2009

Department of Defense Inspector General (DODIG)
· D-2009-041 Expeditionary Fire Support System and Internally Transportable Vehicle Programs [with errata memos]

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General
· OIG-09-80 - Better Oversight Needed of Support Services Contractors in Secure Border Initiative Programs

· OIG-O9-30 - Management Oversight Challenges Remain for DHS' Intelligence Systems Information Technology Security Program: Unclassified Summary

e-International Relations
· The War on Terror and the Crisis in Pakistan

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
· Bank Crime Statistics 2008

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Bottled Water: FDA Safety and Consumer Protections Are Often Less Stringent Than Comparable EPA Protections for Tap Water, GAO-09-610

· Climate Change Trade Measures: Considerations for U.S. Policy Makers, GAO-09-724R
· Climate Change Trade Measures: Estimating Industry Effects, GAO-09-875T [testimony]
· Coast Guard: Observations on the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget and Related Performance and Management Challenges, GAO-09-810T [testimony]
· Defense Logistics: Observations on Army's Implementation of the Logistics Modernization Program, GAO-09-852R
· Force Structure: Actions Needed to Improve DOD's Ability to Manage, Assess, and Report on Global Defense Posture Initiatives, GAO-09-706R
· Homeland Security: Preliminary Results Show Federal Protective Service's Ability to Protect Federal Facilities Is Hampered By Weaknesses in Its Contract Security Guard Program, GAO-09-859T [testimony] · Military Base Realignments and Closures: DOD Needs to Update Savings Estimates and Continue to Address Challenges in Consolidating Supply-Related Functions at Depot Maintenance Locations
· Military Personnel: Reserve Compensation Has Increased Significantly and Is Likely to Rise Further as DOD and VA Prepare for the Implementation of Enhanced Educational Benefits, GAO-09-726R
· Overseas Contingency Operations: Reported Obligations for the Department of Defense
· Recovering Servicemembers: DOD and VA Have Jointly Developed the Majority of Required Policies but Challenges Remain, GAO-09-728
· Recovery Act: States' and Localities' Current and Planned Uses of Funds While Facing Fiscal Stresses, GAO-09-829
· Recovery Act: States' and Localities' Current and Planned Uses of Funds While Facing Fiscal Stresses, GAO-09-831T [testimony]
· Recovery Act: States' and Localities' Current and Planned Uses of Funds While Facing Fiscal Stresses (Appendixes), GAO-09-830SP
· Transit Security Grant Program: DHS Allocates Grants Based on Risk, but Its Risk Methodology, Management Controls, and Grant Oversight Can Be Strengthened, GAO-09-491
· Troubled Asset Relief Program: Status of Participants' Dividend Payments and Repurchases of Preferred Stock and Warrants GAO-09-889T [testimony]

Heritage Foundation
· Arms Control with Russia: Senators Should Provide Their Advice to the Obama Administration

· Crisis in Honduras: A Diplomatic Balancing Act for the United States

· Fixing the Fighter Gap Facing the U.S. Navy, Air Force, and Air National Guard
· The Growing Air Power Fighter Gap: Implications for U.S. National Security

· North Korean Launches Affirm Need for Missile Defense

· President Obama Retreats on Third-Site Missile Defenses
· What Is Next in Iran?

· Why a Federal Interagency History Office Is Needed

Human Rights Watch
· Precisely Wrong: Gaza Civilians Killed by Israeli Drone-Launched Missiles

· Selling Justice Short: Why Accountability Matters for Peace
· Well Oiled: Oil and Human Rights in Equatorial Guinea

Information Sharing Environment (ISE)
· 2009 Annual Report to the Congress on the ISE

Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)
· Misconceptions about Iran’s Nuclear Program

International Crisis Group
· Congo: A Comprehensive Strategy to Disarm the FDLR

· Guinea-Bissau: Beyond Rule of the Gun
· Iraq and the Kurds: Trouble Along The Trigger Line

International Energy Agency
· End-User Petroleum Product Prices and Average Crude Oil Import Costs - June 2009

· Monthly Natural Gas Survey - April 2009

International Relations and Security Network
· Desperation Route [U.S. Mexico border]

· EU: Czechs Get Stacked Deck
· Forty Tons of Guns for Somalia
· Georgia: Between War and a Future
· Gripen: Pedigree, Profile, Price
· Iran Watch: The Twin Crises
· The New Appeal of Nuclear Energy and the Dangers of Proliferation
· Peace Eludes Philippines
· Turkmenistan for US Logistics

Jamestown Foundation
· China Brief, July 9, 2009, v. 9, no. 14

*The Net Revolution: Chinese Netizens vs. Green Dam
*Chinese Perceptions of U.S. Decline and Power
*China’s Re-emergence as an Arms Dealer: The Return of the King?
*China’s Claims to an Extended Continental Shelf in the East China Sea:
*Meaning and Implications
· Terrorism Monitor, July 9, 2009, v. 7, no. 20
*Jihad Ideologue Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi Challenges Jordan's Neo-Zarqawists
*Alleged Iranian and Hezbollah Agents on Trial for Targeting Russian-Operated Radar Station in Azerbaijan
*Can Afghanistan's New "Guardian" Militia Restore Security in the Provinces?

Joint Inspectors General
· Unclassified Report on the President’s Surveillance Program

Lexington Institute
· Delay of Army Warfighter Network Would be Dangerous

· July 4, 2009: A Celebration Tinged With Sadness
· Global Warming and the Politics of Mania

National Academies Press
· Optimizing U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense Review of Air Force Acquisitions Programs [free download but registration is required]

· Sustainable Critical Infrastructure Systems: A Framework for Meeting 21st Century Imperatives [free download but registration is required]

New America Foundation
· The American-German Divide

Peterson Institute for International Economics
· India-Pakistan Trade: A Roadmap for Enhancing Economic Relations

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
· Public Praises Science; Scientists Fault Public, Media

· The Effect of Knowledge Management Systems on Organizational Performance: Do Soldier and Unit Counterinsurgency Knowledge and Performance Improve Following "Push" or "Adaptive-Push" Training?
· A Survey of Missions for Unmanned Undersea Vehicles

Small Wars Journal
· America’s Strategic Intent Applied in South Asia

· Information Counterrevolution
· Six Reasons Insurgencies Lose: A Contrarian View
· Third-Generation Gangs and Criminal Insurgency in Latin America

Stimson Center
· Improving Criminal Accountability in United Nations Peace Operations

· Security Sector Reform Best Practices and Lessons Learned Repository

UK Parliament
· Economic Indicators, July 2009

US Institute of Peace (USIP)
· Counting the Costs of Somali Piracy

· Hamas: Ideological Rigidity and Political Flexibility
· A Renewable Energy Peace Park in the Golan as a Framework to an Israeli-Syrian Agreement
· U.S. Policy and Bosnia-Herzegovina: An Assessment

US State Department
· United States-Japan Investment Initiative 2009 Report

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Defending the City: NYPD's Counterterrorism Operations

· Iran Sanctions: The German Control Problem
· Iraq Withdrawal Deadline: Subtle Shift in U.S. Mission
· The PA Financial Crisis: Causes and Implications
· Responding to the Iran Crisis: How to Reconcile Competing Priorities
· Saudi Media Take the Lead Against Iran's Regime
· Shiite Clerical Establishment Supports Khamenei

World Public
· America's Global Image in the Obama Era

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