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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Quantitative Easing Explained

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets

http://liber8.stlouisfed.org/newsletter/2011/201104.pdf

Explains what quantitative easing is and why the large-scale purchase of assets such as mortgage-backed securities can aid financial recovery without causing the outbreak of inflation.  From the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Resolving Ethical Challenges in an Era of Persistent Conflict

Categories: Defense/Military,Religion/Ethics,Terrorism

http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=1058

Argues that the character of irregular warfare requires a military force to question the ethical norms that they employ to govern the fighting.  From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College

An Evaluation of Counterinsurgency as a Strategy for Fighting the Long War

Categories: Defense/Military,Terrorism

http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=1052

Maintains that an overall strategy combining counterterrorism and antiterrorism is the best means of employing military forces to counter violent extremism.  From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College

Russian Military Politics and Russia’s 2010 Defense Doctrine

Categories: Defense/Military,Russia

http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=1050

Features three essays on Russian defense doctrine from a January 2010 conference.  From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College

Clean Water Act Trends Map and Annual Noncompliance Report

Categories: Environment,Maps/Geography,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

http://www.epa-echo.gov/echo/ancr/us/

Updated data and a mapping tool which allows the public to compare water quality trends over the last two years.  Offers detailed information by state on violations of Clean Water Act and enforcement by state officials.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

Classifying and Measuring Agricultural Support: Identifying Differences Between the WTO and OECD Systems

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Foreign Trade/Investment,Statistics,Treaties

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/EIB74/EIB74.pdf

Discusses the similarities and differences in how the World Trade Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development measure levels of national support for agriculture as it affects world trade.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

NAFTA at 17: Full Implementation Leads to Increased Trade and Integration

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Foreign Trade/Investment,Statistics,Treaties

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/WRS1101/WRS1101.pdf

Argues that the North American Free Trade Agreement has brought about integration of the agricultural sectors of the member countries, increased trade in a wider range of products, increased cross-border investment in agriculture, and brought about important changes in consumption and production.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Unemployment Remains High in 2010

Categories: Labor/Employment,Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2011/03/art1full.pdf

Analyzes the nature of the labor market in 2010 and the characteristics of the unemployed.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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