Monday, December 15, 2014

Friday's Miscellany 12-12-2014

38 North
·         “Not Proven” 

Al Jazeera Center for Studies

Amnesty International

Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

Baker Institute for Public Policy

Barcelona Centre for International Affairs

Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

Bipartisan Policy Center

·         History, Politics, and Policy in the U.S.-Korea Alliance [event video  & transcript] 

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

CATO Institute

Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

Center for Complex Operations (CCO)
·         Prism, 2014, v. 4, Syria Supplemental 
o    An Unfolding Tragedy
o    A Diplomat’s Perfect Storm
o    Next_Steps_in_Syria: The_Rise_Of_Syria’s_Urban_Poor
o    Will Be Fought Over the Country’s New Urban Villages
o    Syria’s Salafi Networks
o    Syria’s Sectarian Conflict
o    Moving Past the Bosnia Fallacy
o    How to Support the Opposition in Syria
o    Transnational Justice and National Reconciliation
o    Memorandum for President Assad
o    Advice to Policy-Makers Who Would Tackle Syria
o    Mapping the Information-Sharing Ecosystem in Syria

Center for Naval Analyses (CNA)

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
·         Federated Defense in Asia 
·         Malaria Reports:
·         PacNet #87 - Beijing’s & Washington’s dueling South China Sea papers 
·         PacNet #86 - US-Japan Defense Cooperation Guidelines Review: US Wise to Take a Patient Approach 
·         Impact Player: Sung Kim 

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Chatham House

Clingendael - Netherlands Institute of International Relations

College of Europe

Comissao Nacional da Verdade [National Truth Commission]
·         Commission Report 

Combating Terrorism Center (CTC)
·         CTC Sentinel, November/December 2014, v. 7, no. 11 
o    A Daunting Triangle: Turkey, the Kurds, and the ISIL Threat
o    The Battle for Kobani Comes to the Fore
o    Hizb Allah’s Lebanese Resistance Brigades
o    Libya’s South: The Forgotten Frontier
o    The “Seventh Stage” Of Terrorism in China
o    A Classical Analysis of the 2014 Israel-Hamas Conflict

Congress. House. Armed Services Committee

Congress. House. Energy & Commerce Committee

Congress. House. Foreign Affairs Committee

Congress. House. Judiciary Committee

Congress. House. Oversight & Government Reform Committee

Congress. House. Science, Space, and Technology Committee

Congress. House. Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

Congress. House. Veterans' Affairs Committee

Congress. Senate. Foreign Relations Committee

Congress. Senate. Select Committee on Intelligence
·         Additional Views 

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

Council on Foreign Relations
·         Sunni-Shia Divide 


Department of State
·         Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIL [Sec. Kerry testimony] 
·         To Walk the Earth in Safety (2014) 

East-West Center

EU Institute for Security Studies
·         Do Sanctions Against Russia Work? 

EU Non-Proliferation Consortium

European Policy Centre (EPC)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
·         FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, December 2014 
o    Increasing Terrorism Preparedness of Law Enforcement Agencies
o    Social Media: Legal Challenges and Pitfalls for Law Enforcement Agencies
o    Characteristics of an Ideal Police Officer
o    Fishing for Inspiration

Financial Action Task Force (FATF)

Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)
·         Russia’s Frozen Economy 

George Mason University School of Law
·         National Security Law Journal, Fall/Winter 2014, v. 3, no. 1 
o    The International Legal Regime Affecting Bioterrorism Prevention
o    Time to Rewrite the Ill-Conceived and Dangerous Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978
o    Is “Secret Law” Really Either? Congressional Intent, Legislative Process, and Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act
o    Special Victim’s Privileges: How Judicial Activism and a Court’s Expansive Application of Law Made for a Good Result
o    Illegal Upon Exit: Examining AECA’s Ban on the Reimportation of American Military Firearms

German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
·         Aviation Security: Rapid Growth in Expedited Passenger Screening Highlights Need to Plan Effective Security Assessments. GAO-15-150 
·         DOD Contract Services: Improved Planning and Implementation of Fiscal Controls Needed. GAO-15-115 
·         DOE and NNSA Project Management: Analysis of Alternatives Could Be Improved by Incorporating Best Practices. GAO-15-37 
·         Federal Subcontracting: Linking Small Business Subcontractors to Prime Contracts Is Not Feasible Using Current Systems. GAO-15-116 
·         Flood Insurance: Forgone Premiums Cannot Be Measured and FEMA Should Validate and Monitor Data System Changes. GAO-15-111 
·         Hurricane Sandy: FEMA Has Improved Disaster Aid Verification but Could Act to Further Limit Improper Assistance. GAO-15-15 
·         Immigration Benefits: Improvements Needed to Fully Implement the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act. GAO-15-3 
·         Missile Defense: Cost Estimating Practices Have Improved, and Continued Evaluation Will Determine Effectiveness. GAO-15-210R 
·         Nuclear Weapons: DOD's Plan for Implementing Nuclear Reductions Generally Addresses Statutory Requirements but Lacks Some Detail. GAO-15-89R 
·         Space Acquisitions: DOD Needs More Guidance on Decisions to Store Satellites. GAO-15-97R 
·         Unmanned Aerial Systems: Efforts Made toward Integration into the National Airspace Continue, but Many Actions Still Required. GAO-15-254T [testimony] 
·         VA Health Care: Improvements Needed in Monitoring Antidepressant Use for Major Depressive Disorder and in Increasing Accuracy of Suicide Data. GAO-15-55  

Heritage Foundation
·         Right-to-Work Laws: Myth vs. Fact 

Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute (HSSAI)

Human Rights Watch

Infinity Journal
·         Infinity Journal, Fall  2014, v. 4, no. 2 
o    Updating the 'Security Concept'
o    From Grand Strategy to Operational Design: Getting It Right
o    Warfare and Strategy
o    Defeat Mechanisms: The Rationale Behind the Strategy
o    Politics and Passion: the Neglected Mainspring of War
o    The Return of Ancient Challenges

Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses (IDSA)

Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)
·         Africa Watch, December 11, 2014 
o    African Militaries—On a Spending Spree?
o    Political Perks in Africa: Entitled Classes, Impoverished Masses

Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)

Institute for Security & Development Policy

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

Institute for the Study of War
·         Iraq Situation Report
o    December 6-7, 2014 
o    December 8, 2014 

International Centre for the Study Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR)

International Criminal Court (ICC) Office of the Prosecutor (OTP)

International Crisis Group

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

International Peace Institute (IPI)

Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
·         Joint Pub 1-02, Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, 15 November 2014 
·         JP 2-0 Podcast, December 2014 [principles of joint intelligence]  

Korea Institute for National Unification

Long War Journal
·         Charting the Data for US Airstrikes in Pakistan, 2004 - 2014 [updated December 8, 2014

Lowy Institute for International Policy

McAfee Labs

Military Times

National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS)

National Security Agency (NSA)
·         Vietnam POW/MIA Documents 

NATO Defense College

Nordiska Afrikainstitutet (Nordic Africa Institute)

Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre


Oxford Research Group

Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE)

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press

Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)


Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
·         Disrupting Organised Crime 

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Small Wars Journal

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response

TRAC Reports

UK Cabinet Office

UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
·         Southeast Asia Opium Survey 2014 

U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission
·         Chinese Media Digest, Issue No. 2 
·         December 2014 Trade Bulletin 

Wharton School

White House
·         Letter from the President -- Six Month Consolidated War Powers Resolution Report 

·         Weekly Address: Giving Thanks for Our Troops