Saturday, December 5, 2009

Friday's Miscellany 12-04-2009

Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU)
· Losing Legitimacy? Some Afghan Views on the Government, the International Community, and the 2009 Elections

Air University
· Strategic Studies Quarterly, Winter 2009, v. 3, no. 4

o Obama's "Eisenhower Moment:" American Strategic Choices and the Transatlantic Defense Relationship
o The Logic of the Nuclear Arsenal
o Pakistan’s Stability/Instability Complex: The Politics and Reverberations of the 2007 November Emergency
o When Is Deterrence Necessary? Gauging Adversary Intent
o “Harmonious Society:” Rise of the New China
o France’s New NATO Policy: Leveraging a Realignment of the Alliance?
o Asymmetric Interdependence: Do America and Europe Need Each Other?
o U.S. Interventions Abroad: A Renaissance of the Powell Doctrine?

American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS)
· AICGS Advisor, December 2009

o Afghanistan - Of Tribes and Allies for a Political Strategy
o Alliances and Aspirations for Afghanistan

Atlantic Council
· Shoulder to Shoulder: Forging a Strategic US-EU Partnership

Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)
· Cyber security: Threats and Responses in the Information Age

· Information Sharing in Australia's National Security Community

Bread for the World
· 2010 Hunger Report

· Afghanistan Index

· Afghanistan: How Long Until We Know?

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
· The Afghanistan Decision

· Made on Earth: How Global Economic Integration Renders Trade Policy Obsolete

Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
· Afghanistan Strategy on Stage: Five Key Questions for the Administration

· Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan

Center for Nonproliferation Studies
· Nuclear Disarmament Proposals from 1995 to 2009: A Comparative Chart

· Comparative Chart

Center for Security Policy
· One Year of Jihad in America

Center for Security Studies (CSS)
· No. 63: "Swiss Civilian Peace Support: Potential and Limitations"

· No. 64: "British Defence Policy at a Crossroads: East of Suez Revisited?"

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)
· Estimating Funding for Afghanistan

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
· The Afghan "Surge": Beginning, Middle, or End?

· Homebound Security: Migrant Support for Improved Public Safety in Conflict-Prone Settings
· Obama’s New Strategy in Afghanistan [commentary by Anthony Cordesman]

· "Shape, Clear, Hold, and Build:" The Uncertain Metrics of the Afghan War

· Trafficking in the Mesoamerican Corridor

Center for Strategic Leadership
· Bullets and Blogs: New Media and the Warfighter

Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
· Security Sector Reform Monitor: Burundi, No. 1

· Security Sector Reform Monitor: Haiti, No. 3
· Security Sector Reform Monitor: Southern Sudan, No. 1

Combating Terrorism Center (CTC)
· Deadly Vanguards: A Study of al‐Qa'ida's Violence Against Muslims

Congress. House. Armed Services Committee
· Hearings

o Afghanistan: The Results of the Strategic Review, Part I [December 3, 2009]
o Assessing the Guam War Claims Process [December 2, 2009]
o New Walter Reed: Are We on the Right Track? [December 2, 2009]

Congress. House. Foreign Affairs Committee
· BRIEFING - Sudan: A Review of the Administration’s New Policy and A Situation Update

· HEARING - Sudan: A Review of the Administration’s New Policy and A Situation Update

· U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

Congress. House. Homeland Security Committee
· The United States Secret Service and Presidential Protection: An Examination of a System Failure

Congress. House. Oversight and Government Reform
· Post-Katrina Recovery: Restoring Health Care in the New Orleans Region

Congress. Senate. Armed Services Committee
· To Receive testimony on Afghanistan

o December 2, 2009
o December 8, 2009

Congress. Senate. Commerce, Science & Transportation
· Aviation Safety: Pilot Fatigue

· Transportation Security Challenges Post-9/11

Congress. Senate. Foreign Relations Committee
· Afghanistan: Assessing the Road Ahead

· Tora Bora Revisited: How We Failed to Get Bin Laden and Why It Matters Today

Congress. Senate. Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee
· Disaster Case Management: Developing a Comprehensive National Program Focused on Outcomes
· Nomination of Caryn A. Wagner to be Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Constitution Project
· Recommendations for Reforming our Immigration Detention System and Promoting Access to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings

· Coremetrics Benchmark Cyber Monday Report 2009

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
· Status of Muslim Civil Rights in the United States 2009: Seeking Full Inclusion

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
· Assessing the Afghan Surge

· Avoiding Elections at Any Cost in Iraq

Crisis States Research Centre
· The City as Frontier: Urban Development and Identity Processes in Goma

· Civil Society in Conflict Cities: The Case of Ahmedabad

· The Eye of the Storm: Cities in the Vortex of Afghanistan's Civil Wars

· Peacemaking in the Midst of War: An Assessment of IGAD's Contribution to Regional Security

· The Quandaries of Coding and Ranking: Evaluating Poor State Performance Indexes

· Urban Politics, Conspiracy and Reform in Nampula, Mozambique

Department of Defense Inspector General (DODIG)
· D-2010-021 Using System Threat Assessments in the Acquisition of Tactical Wheeled Vehicles, November 23, 2009

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General
· OIG-10-16 - Major Management Challenges Facing the Department of Homeland Security

· OIG-10-15 - Information Sharing at the National Operations Center (Redacted)
· OIG-10-13 - Immigration and Customs Enforcement Policies and Procedures Related to Detainee Transfers

· OIG-10-10 - DHS Contracts With Low Wage Payments
· OIG-10-09 - Security of Air Cargo During Ground Transportation (Redacted)
· OIG-10-07 - Review of United States Coast Guard's Certification of Maritime Awareness Global Network (MAGNET) (Unclassified Summary)

Elcano Royal Institute
· Countering Terrorism and Building Cooperation in North Africa: The Potential Significance of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

Energy Information Administration (EIA)
· Country Analysis Brief: Qatar

· Country Analysis Brief: Saudi Arabia

· Country Analysis Brief: United Arab Emirates

European Union Institute for Security Studies
· Chaillot Paper N° 119: Back from the Cold? The EU and Belarus in 2009

· Post-2011 Scenarios in Sudan: What Role for the EU?

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
· 2009 Report on U.S. Ethanol Market Concentration

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
· Chemical Regulation: Observations on Improving the Toxic Substances Control Act, GAO-10-292T [testimony]

· Commercial Space Transportation: Development of the Commercial Space Launch Industry Presents Safety Oversight Challenges for FAA and Raises Issues Affecting Federal Roles, GAO-10-286T [testimony]
· Disaster Assistance: Improvements in Providing Federal Disaster Case Management Services Could Help Agencies Better Assist Victims, GAO-10-278T [testimony]
· Homeland Security: DHS's Progress and Challenges in Key Areas of Maritime, Aviation, and Cybersecurity, GAO-10-106
· Hurricane Katrina: Federal Grants Have Helped Health Care Organizations Provide Primary Care, but Sustaining Services Will Be a Challenge, GAO-10-273T [testimony]

· Nuclear Waste Management: Key Attributes, Challenges, and Costs for the Yucca Mountain Repository and Two Potential Alternatives, GAO-10-48

· Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program: Performance Measurement Would Strengthen Accountability and Enhance Awareness among Potential Claimants, GAO-10-5

· Recovery Act: Contract Oversight Activities of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and Observations on Contract Spending in Selected States, GAO-10-216R
· Status of Funds for the Merida Initiative, GAO-10-253R
· Supply Chain Security: Feasibility and Cost-Benefit Analysis Would Assist DHS and Congress in Assessing and Implementing the Requirement to Scan 100 Percent of U.S.-Bound Containers, GAO-10-12

Heritage Foundation
· America Should Follow Through with Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Negotiations

· NATO Allies in Europe Must Do More in Afghanistan
· Opportunity at Copenhagen -- Nations Should Promote Free Trade at the Climate Conference
· President Obama's Afghanistan Speech: An Uncertain Message

· Robotics and the Next Steps for National Security
· START Follow-On Treaty: Balance Arms Control with Nuclear Modernization Progress

· To Control National Debt, Congress Needs to Tackle Entitlements
· U.S. Dabbles in Trade Protectionism, China Wallows
· U.S. Should Endorse Honduras Elections Results

· U.S. Should Reject Illegitimate Election Process in Bolivia

Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
· From FATA to South Punjab: The Looming Leap of Islamic Radicalism in Pakistan

Institute of South Asian Studies
· The Talibanisation of Pakistan's Western Region

Institute for the Study of War
· The Taliban's Campaign for Kandahar

Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
· Pakistan: Millions of IDPs and Returnees Face Continuing Crisis

· pdf version

Internet Security Alliance
· Implementing the Obama Cyber Security Strategy via the ISA Social Contract Model

International Crisis Group
· Handing Back Responsibility to Timor-Leste's Police

International Relations and Security Network
· Assessing Somalia’s Terror Threat

· Costs of War: Tora Bora Backdraft

· Honor Killing: India's Continuing Shame

· Russia Bombing Highlights Security Failure
· Somalia’s Kool-Aid Syndrome
· Swiss Minaret Ban Sends Ripples Worldwide

· Tajik-Uzbek Resource Battle Intensifies

· What Afghans Think About the Surge

Jamestown Foundation
· China Brief, v. 9, no. 24, December 3, 2009

o Hu Jintao Unveils Major Foreign-Policy Initiative
o Libya Cautions China: Economics Is No Substitute to Politics
o Taiwan and the Changing Strategic Balance in the East China Sea
o Priorities and Challenges in China's Naval Deployment in the Horn of Africa
· Terrorism Monitor, v. 7, no. 37, December 3, 2009

o American Jihad: New Details Emerge About al-Shabaab Recruitment in North America
o New Strategies in Pakistan's Counter-Insurgency Operation in South Waziristan
o PKK Leader Abdullah Ocalan Challenges Omission from Peace Initiative from His Prison Cell
o Separatists, Islamists and Islamabad Struggle for Control of Pakistani Balochistan

Lowy Institute for International Policy
· China and the World: Public Opinion and Foreign Policy

· The Mekong: River Under Threat
· Victim of Success: China’s Growth and Environmental Consequences

National Academies Press
· The National Emergency Care Enterprise:Advancing Care Through Collaboration: Workshop Summary [free download - registration required]

National Security Archive
· Bush and Gorbachev at Malta

· Jacobo Timerman hizo Tambalear a la Dictadura Argentina

· Operation Sofia: Documenting Genocide in Guatemala

Pew Global Attitudes Project
· Negative Views of U.S. Unchanged in Turkey: But Some Signs of Improvement

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
· U.S. Seen as Less Important, China as More Powerful

· Complete report

PNC Financial Services Group
· The 2009 PNC Christmas Price Index

· Analysis of the Air Force Logistics Enterprise: Evaluation of Global Repair Network Options for Supporting the F-16 and KC-135

Small Wars Journal
· Overdue Bill: Integrating Counterinsurgency into Army Professional Education

· Why Buy Something We Hate?: Subsidize Other Crops, Not Poppy

Southwest Asia Joint Planning Group
· Comprehensive Oversight Plan Afghanistan-Pakistan Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2009 through Fiscal Year 2010

Steven Pressfield Blog
· "A Strategy for Success in Afghanistan: One Tribe at a Time" by Major Jim Grant (US Army Special Forces)

· Blog exchanges between the author and others

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
· China’s Expanding Role in Peacekeeping

· North Korea’s Nuclear Test Explosion, 2009

U.S. Army
· Field Manual (FM 3-23.30) Grenades and Pyrotechnic Signals

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Human Terrain System
· My Cousin’s Enemy is My Friend—A Study of Pashtun ‘Tribes’ in Afghanistan

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
· Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program

U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP)
· North Korea’s Currency Revaluation: A Tipping Point?

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff
· Joint Pub 1-05 Religious Affairs in Joint Operations

· Joint Pub 3-06 Joint Urban Operations

· Joint Pub 3-26 Counterterrorism

U.S. Marine Corps
· Marine Corps Order (MCO 5400.53) Marine Corps Space Policy

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
· Mr. Erdogan Visits Washington: The AKP's Foreign Policy and United States Interests

White House
· President Obama's Speech - The Way Forward in Afghanistan and Pakistan
o Text

o Video

World Bank
· World Development Report 2010 - Public Attitudes Toward Climate Change: Findings from a Multi-Country Poll

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