Sunday, October 25, 2009

Friday's Miscellany 10-23-2009

Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC)
· AIHRC-UNAMA Joint Monitoring of Political Rights Presidential and Provincial Council Elections Third Report 1 August – 21 October 2009

Afghanistan NGO Safety Office (ANSO)
· ANSO Report 1-15 October 2009

Belfer Center
· Forgotten Frontlines: The Case for a New U.S. Approach Towards the Palestinian Camps of Lebanon

· A Portfolio of Domestic Commitments: Implementing Common but Differentiated Responsibilities
· Strategic Advantage: Why America Should Care About Cybersecurity
· Three Pillars of Post-2012 International Climate Policy

Brookings Institution
· Afghanistan Index: Tracking Progress and Security in Post-9/11 Afghanistan

· An African Solution to Internal Displacement: AU Leaders Agree to Landmark Convention

· How to Steal from Our Troops: The Annual Defense Budget Raid

· Iraq's Economy Needs More Than Security

· Iraq Index: Tracking Reconstruction and Security in Post-Saddam Iraq
· Same Rules, New Dimensions For Mongolia's National Security: Adapting to the New Geo-Economic Environment
· A Proposal for a "Bosworth Process" with North Korea: Denuclearization and Beyond

· U.S. Counternarcotics Strategy in Afghanistan

Bureau of Labor Statistics
· Pay Off Debt, Spend, or Save? The 2008 Economic Stimulus Payments

Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI)
· China Ascending

Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
· Afghanistan 2011: Three Scenarios

Center for American Progress
· Impressions from Iraq: Part Two

· Keep Pushing Effective Governance in Afghanistan

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)
· Avoiding a DoD Bailout

· Strategy for the Long Haul: Regaining Strategic Competence

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
· China’s Health amidst the Global Economic Crisis

· Is China Ready to Challenge the Dollar?

· The "Korean" Cyber Attacks and Their Implications for Cyber Conflict

Center for Systemic Peace
· Major Episodes of Political Violence 1946-2009

· Measuring Systemic Peace

Center for Terrorism Law
· Terrorism Law Report, v. 1, no. 2, Fall 2009

Center on U.S.- China Relations & Institute of Global Conflict and Cooperation
· North Korea Inside Out: The Case for Economic Engagement

Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism
· The Clock is Ticking: A Progress Report on America's Preparedness to Prevent Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism

Congress. House. Armed Services Committee
· Hearings

*Afghanistan and Iraq: Perspectives on U.S. Strategy [October 22, 2009]
*Counterterrorism within the Afghanistan Counterinsurgency [October 22, 2009]
*U.S. Military Redeployment from Iraq: Issues and Challenges [October 21, 2009]

Congress. House. Foreign Affairs Committee
· Concerns Regarding Possible Collusion in Northern Ireland: Police and Paramilitary Groups

· International Violence Against Women: Stories and Solutions

· U.S. Policy Toward Burma

Congress. House. Foreign Affairs Committee
· Cargo Security at Land Ports of Entry: Are We Meeting the Challenge?

Congress. House. Science & Technology Committee
· Cybersecurity Activities at NIST’s Information Technology Laboratory

Congress. House. Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
· Looking Out for the Very Young, Elderly and Others with Special Needs: Lessons from Katrina and other Major Disasters

Congress. Senate. Foreign Relations Committee
· NATO: A Strategic Concept for Transatlantic Security

Congress. Senate. Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee
· H1N1 Flu: Monitoring the Nation's Response

· Presidential Advice and Senate Consent: The Past, Present, and Future of Policy Czars

Cooperation for Peace and Unity (CPAU)
· Delivering the Impact of Peacebuilding

· Tends in Local Afghan Conflicts [June 2009]
· Conflict analysis: Jaghori and Malistan districts, Ghazni province April 2009
· Conflict analysis: Farza and Kalakan districts, Kabul province March 2009

· Conflict analysis: Kunduz city, Kunduz province March 2009

· Conflict analysis: Baharak district, Badakhshan province February 2009

· Conflict Mapping Exercise and Report for Action Aid Afghanistan

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
· Ending the Afghan Election Crisis

· Painting Democracy on Afghanistan

· Seeking a New Path to Stability in Sudan, and Africa

Department of Defense
· Recruiting and the All Volunteer Force (AVF) Fiscal Year 2009

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General
· OIG-09-111 - Management Advisory Report: FEMA's Housing Strategy for Future Disaster

Department of State
· Afghan Elections

· Remarks on the Sudan Strategy
· Strengthening the Pillars of Global Nonproliferation

· Sudan: A Critical Moment, A Comprehensive Approach

EastWest Institute
· Reframing Nuclear De-Alert: Decreasing the Operational Readiness of U.S. and Russian Nuclear Arsenals

European Union Institute for Security Studies
· 10 Papers for Barcelona 2010: N°02 Energy and Global Economic Crisis: The Chances for Progress

· European Security and Defence Policy: The First 10 Years (1999-2009)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
· Forensic Science Communications, July 2009, v. 11, no. 3 - Analysis of Jihadi Extremist Groups’ Videos

· Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2008

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Climate Change Adaptation: Information on Selected Federal Efforts To Adapt To a Changing Climate, GAO-10-114SP, an E-supplement to GAO-10-113

· Climate Change Adaptation: Strategic Federal Planning Could Help Government Officials Make More Informed Decisions, GAO-10-113
· Climate Change Adaptation: Strategic Federal Planning Could Help Officials Make More Informed Decisions, GAO-10-175T [testimony]

· Defense Critical Infrastructure: Actions Needed to Improve the Identification and Management of Electrical Power Risks and Vulnerabilities to DOD Critical Assets, GAO-10-147

· Maximizing DOD's Untapped Potential to Improve Business Performance, GAO-10-184CG

Heritage Foundation
· Another Terror Plot Foiled: 27 Since 9/11

· Courting Khartoum: The Obama Administration's Sudan Policy
· The German Elections: False Dawn for the Obama-Merkel Era
· Fire Grants: Reauthorization of an Ineffective Program
· Joe Biden's Fence-Mending Mission: Re-Open the Visa Waiver Program
· State Department Strategy Review Flawed from Start

· Understanding the Great Global Contagion and Recession

· The U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement: A Good Deal for America

Human Rights Watch
· "We Are Afraid to Even Look for Them": Enforced Disappearances in the Wake of Xinjiang’s Protests

Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
· India's Afghan Policy Requires Rethinking

· Pakistan: Talibanization of Gilgit-Baltistan and Sectarian Killings

Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)
· A Smuggler’s Use of the U.S. Financial System to Receive Illegal Payments from Iran

· The Trials of the German-Iranian Trader Mohsen Vanaki: The German Federal Intelligence Service Assesses that Iran Likely Has a Nuclear Weapons Program

Institute for the Study of War
· Iraq – Order of Battle (Oct 2009)

· Iraq’s Parliamentary Election – Backgrounder

International Crisis Group
· Pakistan: Countering Militancy in FATA

International Relations and Security Network
· Another Military Coup for Pakistan?

· Europe's Executioner
· Past, Present and Future of OSINT [podcast]

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Electoral Complaints Commission
· Electoral Complaints Commission Decisions With Regard To 20 August 2009 Presidential Election

Jamestown Foundation
· China Brief, October 22, 2009, v. 9, no. 21

*Beijing's Diplomatic Offensive: "Marathon Autumn Diplomacy"
*China’s Persian Gulf Strategy: Israel and a Nuclearizing Iran 2009
*The Future of U.S.-Taiwan Defense Cooperation
*Featured Review: Re-evaluating Chiang Kai-shek
· Terrorism Monitor, October 23, 2009, v. 7, no. 31

*Challenges to U.S. Proposal to Pacify Northern Iraq May Lead to Extended American Military Presence
*Between the Hammer and the Anvil: An Exclusive Interview with PJAK's Agiri Rojhilat
*Diplomacy Fails to Defuse Iraqi Anger over Alleged Syrian Role in Baghdad's "Bloody Wednesday"

National Academies Press
· Facing Hazards and Disasters: Understanding Human Dimensions

· Guidance for Establishing Crisis Standards of Care for Use in Disaster Situations: A Letter Report [free download but registration is required]
· Improving Disaster Management: The Role of IT in Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery [free download but registration is required]

· Successful Response Starts with a Map: Improving Geospatial Support for Disaster Management [free download but registration is required]
· Tools and Methods for Estimating Populations at Risk from Natural Disasters and Complex Humanitarian Crises

· An Important Moment for Afghanistan

New America Foundation
· Revenge of the Drones: An Analysis of Drone Strikes in Pakistan

Nieman Foundation
· Guide to Covering Pandemic Flu

Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
· As Strong as The Weakest Link [Malawi]

· Children of Rebellion: Socialization of Child Soldiers within the Lord’s Resistance Army · Implications of a Comprehensive or Integrated Approach for Training in United Nations and African Union Peace Operations

Peterson Institute for International Economics
· A Tractable Model of Precautionary Reserves, Net Foreign Assets, or Sovereign Wealth

Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
· Gen. Reist on the Way Forward in Afghanistan -video

· Expand the Use of Disease Management Programs

· Measuring the Performance of the Dallas Police Department: 2008-2009 Results
· Near-Term Feasibility of Alternative Jet Fuels

· Toward Affordable Systems: Portfolio Analysis and Management for Army Science and Technology Programs

Pew Internet & American Life Project
· RT: More Americans Tweeting: 19% of Internet Users on Twitter

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
· Public Finds Afghanistan News Unchanging, Hard to Follow

Reporters Without Borders
· Press Freedom Index 2009

Small Wars Journal
· The Influence of Seapower Upon Small Wars: A Review Essay

· Speculative Fiction and National Security

· Toward a Kilcullen-Biden Plan?: Bounding Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan
· Widening the Spectrum of Insurgency

Transportation Research Board (TRB)
· NCHRP 525- Security 101: A Physical Security Primer for Transportation Agencies

UN Office of Drugs and Crime
· Addiction, Crime and Insurgency: The Transnational Threat of Afghan Opium

US-China Economic and Security Review Commission
· Capability of the People’s Republic of China to Conduct Cyber Warfare and Computer Network Exploitation

US Institute of Peace (USIP)
· Tourism in the Developing World: Promoting Peace and Reducing Poverty

World Health Organization (WHO)
· State of the World's Vaccines and Immunization (3rd ed)

Worldwatch Institute
· Fossil Fuel Production Up Despite Recession

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