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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

 

Islamic State and U.S. Policy

Categories: Arab,Iraq,Middle East Conflict,Syria,Terrorism

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/R43612.pdf

Provides background on the Islamic State organization, discussing its goals, operations, and affiliates, as well as U.S. legislative and policy debates. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The Islamic State–Frequently Asked Questions: Threats, Global Implications, and U.S. Policy Responses

Categories: Arab,European Union,Homeland Security,Iraq,Syria,Terrorism

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/R44276.pdf

Covers where the IS came from and how it operates, U.S. and European policy responses to the threat, implications for Iraq and Syria, and refugee considerations. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict

Categories: Arab,Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Israel,Middle East Conflict,United Nations

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIGazaConflict/Pages/ReportCoIGaza.aspx

Suggests that possible war crimes were committed by both Palestinian and Israeli armed groups during the 51 day conflict.  Includes both the report and detailed findings of the Commission.  From the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

 

Customary Practice and Restorative Justice in Libya: A Hybrid Approach

Categories: Arab,Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Libya

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR374-Customary-Practice-and-Restorative-Justice-in-Libya-A-Hybrid-Approach.pdf

Since the fall of Muammar Gadhafi, Libya has become more violent.  This report examines the role of customary law and the potential of restorative justice in a transitional setting between chaos and democracy.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Iran’s Foreign Policy

Categories: Arab,Iran,Middle East Conflict,Nuclear Energy,Terrorism

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/R44017.pdf

Analyzes the motives and objectives behind Iran’s foreign policy including ideology, threat perceptions, national interests, and connections with terrorist groups. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

UK Arms Export Control Policy

Categories: Arab,Arms Control,Great Britain

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN02729/SN02729.pdf

Outlines the major changes to British arms export control policies and practices since 1997 with major focus on changes since 2011 when controversy attended the arms trade and the Arab Spring uprisings.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper

 

European Fighters in Syria and Iraq: Assessments, Responses, and Issues for the United States

Categories: Arab,European Union,Homeland Security,Middle East Conflict,Terrorism

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R44003.pdf

Discusses the concerns about U.S. and European citizens who join terrorist fighting groups in the Middle East, the magnitude of the problem, and what European governments, in cooperation with the U.S., are doing to enhance national security.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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