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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Prospects for Afghanistan as ISAF Withdrawal Approaches

Categories: Afghanistan,Asia,Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain,NATO,Terrorism,Women

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/rp14-18.pdf

Takes a pessimistic view of prospects for Afghanistan as western military forces prepare to withdraw due to weaknesses of Afghan government and national security forces.  House of Commons Library Research Paper 14/18.

 

Decade of War: Volume 1: Enduring Lessons from the Past Decade of Operations

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,Iraq,Terrorism

http://blogs.defensenews.com/saxotech-access/pdfs/decade-of-war-lessons-learned.pdf

Study of nearly 50 previous military reports to find key lessons of past decade.  Declassified quietly some time ago, but recently back in the news.  From the Defense Department

 

The Taliban’s View of the 2014 Elections

Categories: Afghanistan,Elections/Campaigns,Terrorism

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/PB165-The_Talibans_View_of_the_2014_Elections.pdf

Argues that the Taliban rejects the legitimacy of the April 2014 elections, plots to disrupt them in any way possible, but follows the electoral contest closely.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Youth Mobilization and Political Constraints in Afghanistan

Categories: Afghanistan,Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Youth

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR341-Youth_Mobilization_and_Political_Constraints_in_Afghanistan.pdf

 

Examines the potential space for youth in Afghanistan’s political landscape as presidential elections approach.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Afghanistan: Opium Survey 2013 Summary Findings

Categories: Afghanistan,Asia,Drug Trafficking,United Nations

http://www.unodc.org/documents/crop-monitoring/Afghanistan/Afghan_report_Summary_Findings_2013.pdf

Reports a 49% increase in opium production in Afghanistan in 2013 compared to 2012, but also that the country’s counter narcotic institutions have improved in effectiveness.  From the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

 

Extractive Industries and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan: The Role of Social Accountability

Categories: Afghanistan,Democracy/Peace,Geology/Mining

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR339.pdf

Argues that integrating social accountability measures into governance of the mining industry could alleviate violent conflict by ensuring a more equitable distribution of the benefits.   From the United States Institute of Peace

 

2014 Presidential and Provincial Council Elections in Afghanistan

Categories: Afghanistan,Democracy/Peace,Elections/Campaigns

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR338-2014%20Presidential%20and%20Provincial%20Council%20Elections%20in%20Afghanistan.pdf

Looks toward the 2014 election in Afghanistan as an indicator of whether U.S. and other forces were effective in bringing democratic processes to the country.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

The Effectiveness of Drone Strikes in Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism Campaigns

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,Pakistan,Terrorism

http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/download.cfm?q=1167

Discusses the advantages and disadvantages of warfare by unmanned aerial vehicles and whether such weapons can be as effective as traditional counterinsurgency strategies and tactics.  From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College

 

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