Saturday, August 15, 2009

Friday's Miscellany 08-14-2009

Adjutants General Association of the United States (AGAUS)
The Homeland Security Council: A Different Structure for a Different Challenge

Afghanistan Analyst Network
· How To Win An Afghan Election

· The Other Side. Dimensions of the Afghan Insurgency: Causes, Actors - and Approaches to Talks

Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
· AIHRC AIHRC-UNAMA Joint Monitoring of Political Rights Presidential and Provincial Council Elections : First Report 25 April – 12 June 2009

· AIHRC-UNAMA Joint Monitoring Of Political Rights - Presidential And Provincial Council Elections - Second Report, 16 June - 1 August 2009

American Enterprise Institute
· Order of Battle: Pakistani Military in FATA and Northwest Frontier Province

Amnesty International
· Civilians in the Aftermath of War: The Georgia-Russia Conflict One Year On

Army War College
· Parameters, Summer 2009, v. 39, no. 2

*“Is There a Civil-Military Gap in China’s Peaceful Rise?” by Andrew Scobell
*“China’s New Security Strategy for Africa” by Jonathan Holslag

*“Enhancing Interrogation: Advancing a New Agenda” by John A. Wahlquist
*“Unlocking Russian Interests on the Korean Peninsula” by John W. Bauer
*“Caught in the Net: Lessons from the Financial Crisis for a Networked Future” by Gautam Mukunda and William J. Troy
*“An Ever-Expanding War: Legal Aspects of Online Strategic Communication” by Daniel Silverberg and Joseph Heimann
*“Deconstructing Our Dark Age Future” by P. Michael Phillips

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
· Improving U.S.-China Relations: The Next Steps

Brookings Institution
· The 2009 Afghanistan Elections and the Future of Governance

· The 2009 Afghan Elections and the Future of the International Community in Afghanistan
· Barack Obama, Kevin Rudd and the Australia-U.S. Alliance

· China’s New Think Tanks: Where Officials, Entrepreneurs, and Scholars Interact
· Climate Change and India: Is There a Basis for U.S. Pressure?
· A Crucial Election for Afghanistan's Future
· Successful Afghan Election Is Only Part of the Fight against the Taliban
· The Taliban and the Afghan Elections

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
· Inside Kabul: Dispatch from Afghanistan

· Islam and the Paths of Pakistan’s Political Development
· Morocco’s Royal Think Tank Issues Report on Economic Crisis: Diagnosis Right, Therapy Wrong!

· Realities and Priorities: What to Do in Afghanistan
· Regional Arrangements in the Arabian Gulf

· Why America Should Play the Long Game in Iran

Center for a New American Security
· Afghanistan Strategy Dialogue [blog by Abu Muqawama]

Center for American Progress
· Economic Snapshot for August 2009

· Natural Gas: A Bridge Fuel for the 21st Century
· Rebuilding America: A Policy Framework for Investment in Energy Efficiency Retrofits
· U.S. Policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan: A Center for American Progress Conversation with Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and His Interagency Team

Center for Defense Information (CDI)
· How Congress Finances Pork

Center for National Policy
· Afghan Elections: Prospects for the Future

Center for Security Policy
· Is 'Islam' at War with Us?

Center for Nonproliferation Studies
· The African Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Enters into Force

· Chemical Weapon Munitions Dumped at Sea

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)
· Analysis of the FY 2010 Defense Budget Request

· Classified Funding in the FY 2010 Defense Budget Request
· Impact of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on the US Military’s Plans, Programs, and Budgets
· Resourcing For Defeat: Critical Failures In Planning, Programming, Budgeting, And Resourcing The Afghan And Iraq Wars

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
· Iran Status Report

· Twenty Important Controls for Effective Cyber Defense and FISMA Compliance
· Violence in the North Caucasus Interim Report: January 2008 – July 2009
· Withdrawal from Iraq: Assessing the Readiness of Iraqi Security Forces

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

· Creating Global Intelligence: Overview
· Foreign Broadcast Information Service: History -Part I: 1941-1947

Centre for Military and Strategic Studies
· Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, Summer 2009, v. 11, no. 4

*A Rational-constructivist Explanation for the Evolution and Decline of the Norm against Mercenarism
*The Theoretical Aspect of Targeted Killings: The Phoenix Program as a Case Study
*Auditory Situation Awareness in Urban Operations

Congress Senate Foreign Relations Committee
· Afghanistan's Narco War: Breaking the Link Between Drug Traffickers and Insurgents

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
· Pakistan’s Tribal Belt (Interactive)

· Striking a Balance on Counterterrorism Policies
· U.S. Air Strikes in Pakistan "Ineffective"
· U.S. Policy Shift Needed in the Horn of Africa

Department of Defense Inspector General (DODIG)
· Report on the President's Surveillance Program, prepared by the Offices of Inspectors General of the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General
· OIG-09-91 - CBP's Construction of Border Patrol Facilities and Acquisition of Vehicles

· OIG-09-74 - Advisory Report: Department of Homeland Security's Capabilities to Implement the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Department of Homeland Security Office of Immigration Statistics
· 2008 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics

· The Macroeconomic Impacts of the 9/11 Attack: Evidence from Real-time Forecasting

Department of Homeland Security Privacy Impact Assessments
· Department of Homeland Security Our Border Network

European Commission (EC) European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO)
· The EU in Afghanistan - Assistance and Support to the Democratic Process

Foreign Policy Research Institute
· La Familia Michoac√°na: A Deadly Mexican Cartel Revisited

Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform (GFN-SSR)
· Key Challenges Facing Security Sector Reform: A Case for Reframing the Donor Policy Debate
· Security Sector Reform: Post-Conflict Integration
· SSR and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Armed Wing of State-Building?

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· International Trade: Four Free Trade Agreements GAO Reviewed Have Resulted in Commercial Benefits, but Challenges on Labor and Environment Remain, GAO-09-439

· U.S.-Africa Trade: Options for Congressional Consideration to Improve Textile and Apparel Sector Competitiveness under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, GAO-09-916

Heritage Foundation
· A CIA Special Prosecutor: A Wolf in Wolf's Clothing

· Five Things Congress and the President Are Doing to Bring Back Sky-High Gas Prices
· India's Future in the Balance

· Pakistan Gaining Against Militants

Hudson Institute
· Hudson Institute Economic Report August 14, 2009

Human Rights Watch
· Human Rights and Saudi Arabia’s Counterterrorism Response Religious Counseling, Indefinite Detention, and Flawed Trials

· White Flag Deaths: Killings of Palestinian Civilians during Operation Cast Lead

Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)
· Strategic Forum no. 245 - An Iraqi ISF Assessment after U.S. Troop Withdrawal

Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)
· Mysteries Deepen Over Status of Arak Reactor Project

Institute for the Study of War
· Why the Taliban Are Winning--for Now

International Crisis Group
· Nepal’s Future: In Whose Hands?

· Somalia: The Trouble with Puntland

International Energy Administration (EIA)
· End-User Petroleum Product Prices and Average Crude Oil Import Costs July 2009

· Monthly Natural Gas Survey May 2009
· Monthly Oil Survey May 2009

International Relations and Security Network
· Africa: Police for Peace

· Fatah's Changing of the Guard
· Iran Watch: A Lame Duck President?
· An Opportune Time for Moldova
· Tactical Nukes: A Strategic Asset or Future Liability?

· 2009 Waziristan Conflict Map

· Reported Death of Beitullah Mehsud & Pakistani Taliban Leadership

Jamestown Foundation
· Terrorism Monitor, v. 7, no. 25, August 13, 2009

*Jihadis Search for Intelligence Penetration on Jihadi Website Forums
*Counterterrorism Operations Continue in Tajikistan
*PKK Forces Await Orders from Imprisoned Leader Abdullah Ocalan
*Is the Trans-Sahara Gas Pipeline a Viable Project? The Impact of Terrorism Risk

National Academies Press
· Contaminated Water Supplies at Camp Lejeune: Assessing Potential Health Effects [free download but registration required]

· The Disposal of Activated Carbon from Chemical Agent Disposal Facilities [free download but registration required]

Partnership for a Secure America
· Pakistan's Nuclear Security

Pew Global Attitudes Project
· Pakistani Public Opinion: Growing Concerns About Extremism, Continuing Discontent with U.S.

· Finding Needles in a Haystack: A Resource Allocation Methodology to Design Strategies to Detect Terrorist Weapon Development

· Improving the Army's Assessment of Interactive Multimedia Instruction Courseware
· A National Agenda for Public Health Systems Research on Emergency Preparedness
· Risk Communication in the Early Stages of the H1N1 (Swine Flu) Alert: How Effective Were State and Local Public Health Departments?

· Shaping Tomorrow Today: Near-Term Steps Towards Long-Term Goals
· Understanding Why Terrorist Operations Succeed or Fail

Small Wars Journal
· Bil Janoob: Multi-National Division-South Security Force Assistance

· Inception and Early Evolution of a Partnership Doctrine: Building Afghan Army Capacity While Fighting a Counterinsurgency

Social & Demographic Trends Pew Research Center
· Forty Years After Woodstock, A Gentler Generation Gap

Southern Poverty Law Center
· The Second Wave: Return of the Militias

Special Inspector General For Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)
· SIGAR-Audit-09-3 A Better Management Information System Is Needed to Promote Information Sharing, Effective Planning, and Coordination of Afghanistan Reconstruction Activities

Stimson Center
· Mapping the United States Government Engagement in Global Public Health

· A New Agenda for Bosnia and Herzegovina
· Thailand’s Apparent Policy Shift on Mekong Hydropower Dams

Strategic Studies Institute
· Toward a Risk Management Defense Strategy

UK Parliament
· Leaks and Whistleblowing in Whitehall

US Institute of Peace (USIP)
· Afghanistan’s Police: The Weak Link in Security Sector Reform

· Blood Oil in the Niger Delta
· Interview with Abiodun Williams about Africa
· Interview with Sheldon Himelfarb about Media in Peacebuilding
· Theory Meets Practice: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Militarization of the Iranian Judiciary

· Mubarak Comes to Washington

White House
· Health Insurance Reform Reality Check

Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
· A "New" Strategy For Afghanistan And Its Region - Summary Report

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