Sunday, August 2, 2009

Friday's Miscellany 07/31/2009

Amnesty International
Nicaragua: The Total Abortion Ban in Nicaragua: Women’s Lives and Health Endangered, Medical Professionals Criminalized

Atlantic Council of the U.S
U.S.-China Cooperation on Nuclear Power

Basic American Security Information Council (BASIC)
Getting to Zero Update, July 28, 2009
Iran Update, no. 136, July 30, 2009

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Confrontation or Collaboration?: Congress and the Intelligence Community

Brookings Institution
African Growth and Opportunity Act: A Case of Vanishing Benefits
Consequences of Alternative U.S. Cap-and-Trade Policies: Controlling Both Emissions and Costs
How We're Doing: A Composite Index of Global and National Trends
Minimizing Potential Threats from Iran: Assessing Sanctions and Other U.S. Policy Options
The New Orleans Index Anniversary Edition: Four Years after Katrina

Business Executives for National Security (BENS)
Getting to Best: Reforming the Defense Acquisition Enterprise

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The Future of Afghanistan and Pakistan: The Development Challenge
Morocco: The Emergence of a New Palace Party

Fannie Med? Why a "Public Option" Is Hazardous to Your Health

Center for Contemporary Conflict (CCC)
Strategic Insights, April 2009, v. 8, no. 2
High Noon on the High Seas: A Proximity–Complexity Model of Maritime Piracy Threats by James E. McGinley and Jonathan P. Berliner
Arms Control in the Obama Administration: Coming in from the Cold by Jeffrey A. Larsen
Strategic Stability Reconsidered: Prospects for Escalation and Nuclear War in the Middle East by James A. Russell
Medvedev Overplays the “Military Card” in Trying to Impress Obama by Dale Herspring and Roger N. McDermott
A Critical Juncture: American Foreign Policy and Asymmetric Warfare by John Maszka
Reducing Ideological Support for Terrorism by Paul Shemella
Why Arab Summitry is Fizzling: Sub-Regional Geopolitics Meets the New Global Reality of Rising Powers and Fragile States by Mike Kraig
Viewpoint: War in the Tribal Zone: Planning for Victory in the Long War by Barry Zellen
Breakouts, Evasive Maneuvers: Managing the Proliferation Intentions of Determined States by Carol Kessler and Amy Seward
The Future of Japanese Nuclear Policy by Maria Rost Rublee
Turkish Perceptions and Nuclear Proliferation by Ibrahim Al-Marashi and Nilsu Goren
Libya’s Nuclear Intentions: Ambition and Ambivalence by Maalfrid Braut-Hegghammer
Illicit Nuclear Procurement Networks and Nuclear Proliferation: Challenges for Intelligence, Detection, and Interdiction by Jack Boureston and James A. Russell
Possible Correlations of Multinational Military Operations and State Stability, and Application to State Building in Iraq by Nicholas J. Buls
Decade of Nuclear Learning: Ten Years After the South Asian Nuclear Tests (Feb 12-13, 2009) by Zachary S. Davis
U.S.-India Strategic Cooperation in South Asia: A Track II Dialogue (Sep 24-25, 2008) by Zachary S. Davis and Colleen E. Garcia

Center for American Progress
Faces of Pakistan's Militant Leaders: In-Depth Profiles of Major Militant Commanders
Interactive Map: Leaders of Pakistan's Militant Groups

Center for Immigration Studies
A Shifting Tide: Recent Trends in the Illegal Immigrant Population

Center for International Governance Innovation
Security Sector Reform Monitor: Afghanistan [July 2009]

Center for Naval Analyses (CNA)
Cross Sector Collaboration in Homeland Security
Global Alliances, Inequality and Vulnerability in Emergency Preparedness

Center for Security Policy
Interim Guantanamo Legislative Report: House Volume
Interim Guantanamo Legislative Report: Senate Volume

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
Afghan National Security Forces: Shaping The Path To Victory
Iraq: A Time to Stay? The US Needs and Exit Strategy, Not Just an Exit
Iraq’s Fracture Lines: Recidivism or Reassertion
Korea Chair Platform: North Korea’s Hard-Line Behavior
U.S. Alliances and Emerging Partnerships in Southeast Asia
U.S.-Russia Collaboration on Health
Winning in Afghanistan: Summary Remarks

Common Defense Quarterly
Summer 2009
Melting Borders: Economic and National Security Concerns Associated with Arctic Icemelt
Supporting Maritime Interoperability for the Common Defense

Congress. House. Armed Services Committee
*Efforts to Improve Shipbuilding Effectiveness [July 30, 2009]
*U.S. Security Relationship with Russia and Its Impact on Transatlantic Security [July 30, 2009]
*Psychological Stress in the Military: What Steps are Leaders Taking? [July 29, 2009]
*Investing in Our Military Leaders: The Role of Professional Military Education in Officer Development [July 28, 2009]
*Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosives Consequence Management [July 28, 2009]

Congress. House. Foreign Affairs Committee
Ushering in Change: A New Era for U.S. Regional Policy in the Pacific
New Challenges for International Peacekeeping Operations
Sudan: U.S. Policy and Implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement
The Reset Button Has Been Pushed: Kicking Off a New Era in U.S.-Russian Relations

Congress. House. Homeland Security Committee
Beyond ISE Implementation: Exploring the Way Forward for Information Sharing
Beyond Readiness: An Examination of the Current Status and Future Outlook of the National Response to Pandemic Influenza

Congress. House. Oversight and Government Reform Committee
Inadvertent File Sharing Over Peer-To-Peer Networks: How It Endangers Citizens and Jeopardizes National Security

Congress. House. Science and Technology Committee
Effectively Transforming Our Electric Delivery System to a Smart Grid

Congress. House. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Post Katrina: What it Takes to Cut the Bureaucracy

Congress. Senate. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
• Weathering the Storm: The Need for a National Hurricane Initiative

Congress. Senate. Foreign Affairs Committee
Responding to Pakistan's IDP Crisis
Toward a Comprehensive Strategy for Sudan

Congress. Senate. Judiciary Committee
Prosecuting Terrorists: Civilian and Military Trials for GTMO and Beyond

Congress. Senate Intelligence Select Committee
Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010. S.rpt 111-55

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
Additional Information Regarding the Effects of Specifications in the America's Affordable Health Choices Act Pertaining to Health Insurance Coverage
CBO's Economic Forecasting Record: 2009 Update

Department of Defense
Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq – June 2009

Department of Homeland
High-Priority Technology Needs

Department of Defense Inspector General (DODIG)
D-2009-096 Contracts for the U.S. Army's Heavy-Lift VI Program in Kuwait
SPO-2009-005 Assessment of Electrical Safety In Afghanistan
IE-2009-006 Review of Electrocution Deaths in Iraq: Part I - Electrocution of Staff Sergeant Ryan D. Maseth, U.S. Army
IPO-2009=E001 Review of Electrocution Deaths in Iraq: Part II - Seventeen Incidents Apart from Staff Sergeant Ryan D. Maseth, U.S. Army

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General
OIG-09-13 - Annual Review of the United States Coast Guard's Mission Performance (FY 2007)
OIG-09-90 - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' Progress in Modernizing Information Technology
OIG-09-89 - Consolidated Report on DHS' Management of 2005 Gulf Coast Hurricanes Mission Assignment Funding
OIG-09-88 - The Science and Technology Directorate's Processes for Funding Research and Development Program
OIG-09-86 - Efforts to Identify Critical Infrastructure Assets and Systems

Department of Homeland Security Privacy Impact Assessments
TSA Whole Body Imaging Update

Enough Project
Chad's Domestic Crisis: The Achilles heel for Peacemaking in Darfur

Europe Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)
What Ambitions for European Defence in 2020?

Foreign Policy Research Institute
Toward an Intelligence-based Nuclear Cooperation Regime

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Biological Research: Observations on DHS's Analyses Concerning Whether FMD Research Can Be Done as Safely on the Mainland as on Plum Island, GAO-09-747
Combating Gangs: Better Coordination and Performance Measurement Would Help Clarify Roles of Federal Agencies and Strengthen Assessment of Efforts, GAO-09-708
Contingency Contract Management: DOD Needs to Develop and Finalize Background Screening and Other Standards for Private Security Contractors, GAO-09-351
Defense Acquisitions: Opportunities Exist to Achieve Greater Commonality and Efficiencies among Unmanned Aircraft Systems, GAO-09-520
Defense Infrastructure: Planning Challenges Could Increase Risks for DOD in Providing Utility Services When Needed to Support the Military Buildup on Guam, GAO-09-653
Electronic Health Records: DOD and VA Efforts to Achieve Full Interoperability Are Ongoing; Program Office Management Needs Improvement, GAO-09-775
Emergency Communications: Vulnerabilities Remain and Limited Collaboration and Monitoring Hamper Federal Efforts, GAO-09-604
Energy Markets: Refinery Outages Can Have Varying Gasoline Price Impacts, but Gaps in Federal Data Limit Understanding of Impacts, GAO-09-700
Federal Law Enforcement Retirement: Information on Enhanced Retirement Benefits for Law Enforcement Personnel, GAO-09-727
Homeland Defense: Preliminary Observations on Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosives Consequence Management Plans and Preparedness, GAO-09-927T [testimony]
Homeland Security: Federal Protective Service Should Improve Human Capital Planning and Better Communicate with Tenants, GAO-09-749
Improper Payments: Significant Improvements Needed in DOD's Efforts to Address Improper Payment and Recovery Auditing Requirements, GAO-09-442
Influenza Pandemic: Gaps in Pandemic Planning and Preparedness Need to Be Addressed, GAO-09-909T [testimony]
Information Technology: Federal Agencies Need to Strengthen Investment Board Oversight of Poorly Planned and Performing Projects, GAO-09-566
Project BioShield Act: HHS Has Supported Development, Procurement, and Emergency Use of Medical Countermeasures to Address Health Threats, GAO-09-878R
Small Business Administration: Additional Steps Should Be Taken to Address Reforms to the Disaster Loan Program and Improve the Application Process for Future Disasters, GAO-09-755
Small Business Administration: Additional Steps Should Be Taken to Address Reforms to the Disaster Loan Program and Improve the Application Process for Future Disasters, GAO-09-900T [testimony]
Transportation Security: Key Actions Have Been Taken to Enhance Mass Transit and Passenger Rail Security, but Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Federal Strategy and Programs, GAO-09-678
United Nations: Renovation Still Scheduled for Completion in 2013, but Risks to Its Schedule and Cost Remain, GAO-09-870R
U.S.-Russia Nuclear Agreement: Interagency Process Used to Develop the Classified Nuclear Proliferation Assessment Needs to Be Strengthened, GAO-09-743R
Veterans' Disability Benefits: Preliminary Findings on Claims Processing Trends and Improvement Efforts, GAO-09-910T [testimony]
Warfighter Support: Information on Army and Marine Corps Ground Combat Helmet Pads, GAO-09-768R

Heritage Foundation
America's Military Voters: Re-enfranchising the Disenfranchised
Honduras's Conservative Awakening
Ideas Matter: Restoring the Content of Public Diplomacy
Iran's Nuclear Threat: The Day After
Joe Biden's Trip to Ukraine and Georgia
Legal Authorities in the Long War
The PERI Report on Clean Energy: The Wrong Question and a Misleading Result
Priorities for Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO's New Secretary General
The Unlikely Orchid Smuggler: A Case Study in Overcriminalization

Human Rights Watch
Forbidden: Institutionalizing Discrimination against Gays and Lesbians in Burundi

Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA)
International and Regional Security Dynamics: Indian and Iranian Perspectives
Tackling or Trailing the Taliban: An Assessment

International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR)
Incredible Dialogues: Religious Dialogue as a Means of Counter-Terrorism in Yemen

International Commission on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament
Hacking Nuclear Command and Control

International Relations and Security Network
Iraqi Kurd Poll, Signs of Maturity
Saudi Security Policy Under Fire
Somalia’s New Religious War
Swine Flu: Assessing the Pandemic

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
Hope in a Time of Global Insecurity: Preparing for 2010. A Guide to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
ISS Paper 190: Peacekeeping and Post-Conflict Criminality, Challenges to the (re) Establishment of Rule of Law in Liberia
Situation Report: 27 Jul 2009: Ghana’s 2008 Election: Towards a Consolidated Democracy?
Monograph No 158: A Strategic Conflict Assessment of Zambia
Policy Brief No 7: The Theory and Practice of Criminal Justice in Africa
Policy Brief No 6: Criminal Justice System in Zambia
Policy Brief No 5: Criminal Justice System in Sierra Leone

Institute for the Study of War
Kunar and Nuristan: Rethinking U.S. Counterinsurgency Operations
The 2009 Kurdish Elections

International Crisis Group
Bosnia: A Test of Political Maturity in Mostar
Burundi: To Integrate the FNL Successfully
Indonesia: The Hotel Bombings

Jamestown Foundation
Terrorism Monitor, v. 7, no. 22, July 27, 2009
*Hafiz Mohammad Saeed - India's Most Wanted Man Free Again in Pakistan
*Niger Delta Militants Mount First Ever Raid on Lagos Oil Facilities
*New Strategies in al-Qaeda's Battle for Algeria
*Islam-o-Muslim and the Resilience of Terrorism in Bangladesh
Terrorism Monitor, v. 7, no. 23, July 30, 2009
*Britain Jails "Lone Wolf" Terrorist Isa Ibrahim
*Jihadis Offer Training in Evasion of Police and Security Forces
*Afghan Officials Say Security Forces Must Secure and Develop Helmand Province Offensive is to Succeed
*Jamaat al-Muslimeen: The Growth and Decline of Islamist Militancy in Trinidad and Tobago

Lexington Institute
Air Force Delay on Radar Plane Fix Hurts Soldiers

National Academies Press
Applications of Social Network Analysis for Building Community Disaster Resilience: Workshop Summary [free download but registration required]
IED Attack: Improvised Explosive Devices

National Immigration Law Center
A Broken System. Confidential Reports Reveal Failures in U.S. Immigrant Detention Centers

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Seismic Design of Steel Special Moment Frames: A Guide for Practicing Engineers

Naval War College
Somalia... From the Sea

New America Foundation
Guantanamo: Who Really 'Returned to the Battlefield'? and Appendix

Open Democracy
Afghanistan and Iraq: Western Wars, Genocidal Risks

Palm Center
Self Inflicted Wound: How and Why Gays Give the White House a Free Pass on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Pew Internet & American Life Project
Wireless Internet Use

The Geopolitical Consequences of the World Economic Recession -- A Caution
The Mujahedin-e Khalq in Iraq: A Policy Conundrum
Withdrawing from Iraq: Alternative Schedules, Associated Risks, and Mitigating Strategies

Refugees International
Greater Expectations: UN Peacekeeping & Civilian Protection

Small Wars Journal
Avoiding Dien Bien Phu
Police Operational Art for a Five-Dimensional Operational Space
Six Reasons Counterinsurgencies Lose: A Complementary Perspective
Troubled Waters
Why Civil Military Operations will be a Combat Multiplier in Counterinsurgency Operations

South Asia Analysis Group
United States "Af-Pak Policy": Efficacy and Likely Directions in the Near Future

Truman National Security Project
Nuclear Weapons: A New Paradigm for the 21st Century

UK Parliament
Global Security: Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan, Human Rights Unit
Afghanistan: Mid Year Bulletin on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, 2009

US Institute of Peace (USIP)
Interview with Dan Brumberg about Iran

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Engagement or Consequences: Getting the Iran Message Right
In Their Own Words: PKK Leaders on Peace, Dialogue, and the United States
Muslim Engagement: The Obama Administration's Approach
Persistent Anti-Americanism in Turkey: External or Internal Causes?
Summer Heats Up in Lebanon

World Public
Islamist Militancy in Pakistan: A View from the Provinces companion to Pakistani Public Turns Against Taliban, But Still Negative on US
Publics Want More Government Action on Climate Change: Global Poll

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