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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Myanmar: Anatomy of a Political Transition

Categories: Asia,Democracy/Peace

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR369-Myanmar-Anatomy-of-a-Political-Transition.pdf

Examines elements of the transition of Myanmar from authoritarian to more democratic rule and whether this experience offers guidance for future democratic transitions elsewhere.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Hong Kong Policy Act Report

Categories: Asia,China,Foreign Affairs,Foreign Trade/Investment

http://www.state.gov/p/eap/rls/reports/2015/240585.htm

Statement of U.S. views on how the “one country, two systems” policy is evolving in the relations between China and Hong Kong.  Covers such matters as U. S.-Hong Kong trade relations, electoral reform, judicial independence, media freedom, and export controls.  From the State Department

 

Social Security Programs Throughout the World: Asia and the Pacific, 2014

Categories: Asia,Retirement/Social Security,Welfare/Social Services

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ssptw/2014-2015/asia/ssptw14asia.pdf

Descriptions and statistics of social security programs in the countries of Asia and Pacific Islands including old age, disability, survivors, work injury, unemployment and other types of program coverage.  From the Social Security Administration

 

China’s Economic Ties with ASEAN: A Country-by-Country Analysis

Categories: Asia,Burma,China,Foreign Trade/Investment,indonesia,Statistics,Vietnam

http://origin.www.uscc.gov/sites/default/files/Research/China%27s%20Economic%20Ties%20with%20ASEAN.pdf

Assesses China’s economic significance for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, including China’s trade and investment with ASEAN as a whole, and statistics on the volume and percentage of each ASEAN nation’s trade with China.  A staff report from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission

 

ISIS and the Sectarian Conflict in the Middle East

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

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/rp15-16.pdf

Describes the origins of ISIS in the U.S. invasion of Sunni-occupied Iraqi territory, its divergence from Al-Qaeda, their conquests in Syria and Iraq, and the political/military reaction against ISIS.  House of Commons Library Research Paper 15/16

 

Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Ministers’ Report to Leaders

Categories: Asia,Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2014/November/Trans-Pacific-Partnership-Trade-Ministers-Report-to-Leaders

Reports on recent progress toward trade agreement among Pacific Ocean nations.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Preventing Violent Extremism in Kyrgyzstan

Categories: Asia,Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Religion/Ethics

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR355_Preventing-Violent-Extremism-in-Kyrgyzstan.pdf

Offers perspectives on the national and regional dynamics of violent extremism with respect to Kyrgyzstan and the prospects for liberal democracy to survive in Central Asia. From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Al Qaeda-Affiliated Groups: Middle East and Africa

Categories: Africa,Asia,Laws/Regulations,Middle East Conflict,Terrorism

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/R43756.pdf

Discusses the U.S. counterterrorism policy toward groups affiliated with Al Qaeda and whether changes are needed in the federal statutes that undergird these policies.  Also discusses the Islamic State and Boko Haram.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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