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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Consultation Responses to 21st Century Welfare

Categories: Great Britain,Welfare/Social Services

Reports on public comments to 21st Century Welfare report of July 2010 in which the Brtish coalition government laid out its principles for reform of the country’s welfare system.  This paper responds to the leading themes of the suggestions received.  Command Paper Cm 7971. From the Department for Work and Pensions

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Characteristics and Performance

Categories: Business/Economics,Foreign Trade/Investment,Statistics

Reveals that exporting SMEs show higher total revenues, faster revenue growth, and higher labor productivity than their nonexporting SME counterparts. Third in a series of reports on small and medium-sized enterprises in trade.   From the United States International Trade Commission

Water Security: National and Global Issues

Categories: Natural Resources,Statistics

The amount of fresh water is finite and makes up approximately 2.5% of all water on Earth, so water resources can become points of conflict.  This fact sheet provides statistics and analysis of the water problem in the U.S. and around the world, natural and manmade threats to this limited water supply, and water security strategies.  From the U.S. Geological Society

America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2010

Categories: Children,Marriage/Family,Population/Census,Statistics

Press release with links to statistical tables.  Reports that the median age for first marriage climbed in 2010 to 28.2 for men and 26.1 for women , an increase from 26.8 and 25.1 in 2000.  Also offers data on trends in average household size, and types of families,  From the Census Bureau

Who in the United States Sends and Receives Remittances? An Initial Analysis of the Monetary Transfer Data from the August 2008 CPS Migration Supplement

Categories: Immigration/Migration,Statistics

Represents the first time questions on both the giving and receiving of monetary transfers were included on a federal government survey form.  Presents some initial results on the occurrence, frequency, and amount of transfers sent and received.  From the Census Bureau

Deciding to Buy: Civil-Military Relations and Major Weapons Programs

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Procurement

Explores how decisions on major weapons programs have been made and identifies key themes in the relationship between the Military Services and the civilian leadership in the Department of Defense.  From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College

When is International Peacemaking Illegal? Implications of the 2010 Supreme Court Decision in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project

Categories: Conflict Resolution,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts,Terrorism

The Supreme Court decision affirmed the constitutionality of a statute which makes it illegal for U.S. citizens to provide material support to designated terrorist organizations.  This report discusses whether enhanced governmental legal powers against possible terrorist attacks outweigh the unintended consequences of prohibiting non-governmental organizations from promoting conflict resolution.  From the United States Institute of Peace

Kosovo: The Next Steps

Categories: Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,East Europe,Russia

Summarizes major points from a conference in October 2010 about how to secure the gains made in Kosovo, reduce the chances for destabilization in the Western Balkans, and pacify Russian and Serbian dissatisfaction.    From the United States Institute of Peace

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