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Investigation Review, Secretary of Defense Guidance

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,Headlines

http://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/SD-ROE-Guidance-post-Kunduz.pdf

Memorandum from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on the release of the report on the October 2015 attack which destroyed a Doctors Without Borders Trauma Center in Kunduz, Afghanistan.  The report concluded that the act was not a war crime, but that 16 individuals involved have been disciplined. The Carter Memo seeks to improve the Joint Force and prevent such incidents in the future.  No link to the report was attached to the memo.  From the Defense Department.

 

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1981-1988, Volume III, Soviet Union, January 1981-January 1983

Categories: Afghanistan,Civil/Human Rights,Communism,Energy,Foreign Affairs,NATO,Russia

https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1981-88v03

The first of four Soviet bilateral volumes in the Reagan series. Highlights of the volume include the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, Soviet human rights abuses, tensions over Soviet plans to construct a Siberian gas pipeline to Western Europe and NATO’s “Dual Track Decision.” From the State Department

 

Resources Over Reform in Afghanistan: How Changes in the Political Economy are Reshaping Local Politics

Categories: Afghanistan,Business/Economics,Democracy/Peace

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR386_Resources-over-Reform-in-Afghanistan.pdf

Laments the lack of progress in improving governance and reducing corruption since the election of the current government in 2014. Argues that economic and security changes have kept the elite in positions of power where they compete for resources. From the United States Institute of Peace

 

What Can Be Done to Revive Afghanistan’s Economy?

Categories: Afghanistan,Business/Economics,Democracy/Peace

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR387-What-Can-Be-Done-to-Revive-Afghanistans-Economy.pdf

Proposes targeted, near-term measures to increase confidence and stimulate the economy of the war-torn country. From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan

Categories: Afghanistan,Arab,Defense/Military,Terrorism

http://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/1225_Report_Dec_2015_-_Final_20151210.pdf

Part of an ongoing series of reports to Congress which describes efforts to enhance security and stability in the country during the last half of 2015. From the Defense Department

 

What is “Building Partner Capacity?” Issues for Congress

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,East Europe,Foreign Affairs,Iraq,Korea,Pakistan,Vietnam

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R44313.pdf

Examines past efforts to achieve U.S. foreign policy goals and objectives through strengthening foreign security institutions in countries that share those interests. Explores 20 case studies since World War II according to one of seven strategic U.S. goals. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Report on the Inquiry into the Department of Defense’s May 2014 Transfer to Qatar of Five Law-of-War Detainees in Connection with the Recovery of a Captive U.S. Soldier

Categories: Afghanistan,Congress,Defense/Military,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://armedservices.house.gov/index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=A94B3614-F4C4-45B0-B9B8-F9FE62857969

Alleges that the transfer of five Guantanamo Taliban detainees in exchange for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was illegal in that the department failed to notify Congress before the exchange was made. From the House Armed Services Committee

 

Afghan Economic Policy, Institutions, and Society Since 2001

Categories: Afghanistan,Business/Economics

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR383-Afghan-Economic-Policy-Institutions-and-Society-Since-2001.pdf

Assesses the country’s shift to a market economy since 2001 in light of the country’s history, culture, and ideology. Finds more support among the younger generation, but dissatisfaction from others due to social conditions and an association with Western values. From the United States Institute of Peace

 

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