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Earl Gregg Swem Library

UN Peacekeeping in the Sahel: Overcoming New Challenges

Categories: Africa,Crime/Justice,Terrorism,United Nations

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR365-UN-Peacekeeping-in-the-Sahel-Overcoming-new-Challenges.pdf

Looks at the growing relevance to U.S. foreign policy and national security interests of UN peacekeeping in areas threatened by transnational terrorism and organized crime.  Calls for increased U.S. support.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Standing Up for Workers: Promoting Labor Rights Through Trade

Categories: Africa,Foreign Trade/Investment,Labor/Employment,Latin America,Laws/Regulations

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/USTR%20DOL%20Trade%20-%20Labor%20Report%20-%20Final.pdf

Discusses the role the U.S. is playing in efforts to improve labor laws and working conditions with foreign trade partners.  Key countries include Guatemala, Jordan, Colombia, Bahrain, Haiti, and Burma.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Statistical Analysis of Event Data Concerning Boko Haram in Nigeria (2009-2013)

Categories: Africa,Statistics,Terrorism

https://www.start.umd.edu/pubs/START_SMA-AFRICOM_StatisticalAnalysis_Jan2015.pdf

Draws on statistical methodologies to estimate which kinds of activities alter the frequency of terrorist events and which kinds of activities reduce the probability of future terrorist events.  Statistical study sponsored by the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security

 

Boko Haram: An Assessment of Strengths, Vulnerabilities, and Policy Options

Categories: Africa,Terrorism

https://www.start.umd.edu/pubs/START_%20SMA-AFRICOM_Boko%20Haram%20Deep%20Dive_Jan2015.pdf

Qualitative study of the terrorist organization.  Sponsored by the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

 

Key Diplomat’s Personal Notebook Sheds Light on Inner Workings of U.S. Government Response to Genocide Unfolding in Rwanda in 1994

Categories: Africa,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Foreign Affairs,Weather/Disasters

http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB500/

Excerpts from the notebook of the U.S. ambassador to Rwanda during the period of genocide plus a collection of 41 documents illustrating the diplomatic maneuvering at the time.  From the National Security Archive

 

Religion and Conflict in Nigeria: Countdown to the 2015 Elections

Categories: Africa,Conflict Resolution,Elections/Campaigns,Religion/Ethics

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR359-Religion-and-Conflict-in-Nigeria.pdf

Assesses the ethno-regional basis of the country’s two national political parties and raises questions about the relationship of religious identity—the country is evenly split between Muslims and Christians–and internal conflict. From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Nigeria 2015: Analysis of Election Issues and Future Prospects

Categories: Africa,China,Elections/Campaigns,European Union,Great Britain,India

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/rp15-2.pdf

Surveys the prospects surrounding the presidential and legislative elections of February 2015 and the country’s future.  Also describes Nigeria’s relations with the U.S., the U.K., the EU, China, and India.  House of Commons Research Paper 15/02.

 

African Lion (Panthera Leo Leo): Service Proposes Endangered Species Protection for the African Lion

Categories: Africa,Animals/Wildlife,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/african_lion.html

Agency press release on proposed rule to list the African lion as endangered due to habitat loss, loss of prey, and increased human-lion conflicts.  Includes links to text of proposed rule and species profile.  From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 

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