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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Rise and Stall of the Islamic State in Afghanistan

Categories: Afghanistan,Arab,Terrorism

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR395-The-Rise-and-Stall-of-the-Islamic-State-in-Afghanistan.pdf

Describes the rise of an Islamic State enclave in eastern Afghanistan and its problems in trying to align with the Taliban and other jihadists from various parts of Asia. From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Understanding and Extending the Marrakesh Declaration in Policy and Practice

Categories: Arab,Civil/Human Rights,Conflict Resolution,Religion/Ethics

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR392-Understanding-and-Extending-the-Marrakesh-Declaration-in-Policy-and-Practice.pdf

Offers background on the January 2016 Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Majority Countries.  Explains the background and content of the Declaration, issued by Muslim scholars and politicians as a response to the widespread persecution against minorities by groups claiming Islamic justification for acts of violence. From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity

Categories: African Americans,Arab,Hispanics,Statistics

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/granule/FR-2016-09-30/2016-23672

Invites comments on an agency review and possible revision of federal standards f or collecting and presenting data on race and ethnicity, which were last revised in 1997.  Under consideration: the use of separate questions measuring race and ethnicity, the classification of a Middle Eastern and North African category, and the terminology used for race and ethnicity classifications.  Summary with link to full text at bottom.  From the Federal Register and GPO’s FDsys.  Posted by the Office of Management and Budget.

 

Report on UNCTAD Assistance to the Palestinian People: Developments in the Economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Categories: Arab,Business/Economics,Israel,Middle East Conflict,Urban Issues

http://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/app2016d1_en.pdf

Describes bleak economic conditions in the Palestinian territories despite efforts to provide aid through the United Nations.  From the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

 

The Occupied Palestinian Territories: Recent Developments

Categories: Arab,Great Britain,Israel,Middle East Conflict,United Nations

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7689/CBP-7689.pdf

Includes sections on the historical background, the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation, the Israeli military occupation of Gaza, and the status of the territories.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number CBP 7689

 

Israel and the Palestinians: No Through Road?

Categories: Arab,History,Israel,Middle East Conflict

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/RP15-18/RP15-18.pdf

Reviews the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict, the proposed two-state solution, the differing views of Fatah and Hamas, the failure of talks in April 2014, and the current situation.  House of Commons Briefing Paper RP 15-18

 

Addressing Islamic Extremism

Categories: Arab,Great Britain,Religion/Ethics,Terrorism

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0526/POST-PN-0526.pdf

Examines Islamic extremism, radicalization, and deradicalization in Great Britain and policy responses to violent and non-violent extremism.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Security Assistance: U.S. Government Should Strengthen End-Use Monitoring and Human Rights Vetting for Egypt

Categories: Arab,Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Egypt,Foreign Assistance

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/676503.pdf

Examines the U.S. funds provided to Egypt in 2011-2015 for security purposes, whether they were properly distributed and secured, and whether the Egyptian recipients were properly vetted for human rights concerns. From the Government Accountability Office

 

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