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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Overseas Contingency Operations Funding: Background and Status

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Iraq,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R44519.pdf

Examines the controversy and the current funding debate over the Overseas Contingency Operations account, created to provide funding for emergency overseas military actions following the 9/11 attacks.  The account is not subject to the normal budget control acts and has resulted in nearly $2 trillion dollars of spending, mostly for U.S. military activities in Iraq and Afghanistan.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Children and Armed Conflict: Report of the Secretary General

Categories: Afghanistan,Children,Crime/Justice,Iraq,Sex Issues,Sudan,Syria,Terrorism,United Nations

http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=s/2016/360&referer=/english/&Lang=E

Annual report on the impact of war on children.  Annexes to the report which covers 2015 include information about parties that recruit and use children as warriors, sexual violence against children, attacks on schools and hospitals, and the abduction of children.  From the United Nations Security Council

 

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

 

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