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United States Reinstates Trade Preference Benefits for Burma Following Review of Eligibility Criteria

Categories: Burma,Foreign Affairs,Foreign Trade/Investment,Labor/Employment

https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2016/september/united-states-reinstates-trade

Press release explaining the reasons for suspending Burma’s benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) in 1989 and the resumption of benefits after reforms of worker rights by the new regime led by Aung San Suu Kyi.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

U. S. Leadership and the Challenge of State Fragility

Categories: Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Foreign Affairs

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/US-Leadership-and-the-Challenge-of-State-Fragility.pdf

Calls for four principles of engagement to guide U.S. responses to the challenge of fragile states and the regional problems they create.   From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume XVI, Southern Africa

Categories: Africa,Congress,Cuba,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,History

https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1977-80v16

Documents the efforts of the Carter Administration to counter Cuban influence in southern Africa, especially Angola, while dealing with Congressional prohibitions against U.S. covert actions in the region.  Also focuses on the challenge of the apartheid regime in South Africa.  From the State Department

Audit of the National Security Division’s Enforcement and Administration of the Foreign Agents Registration Act

Categories: Crime/Justice,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

https://oig.justice.gov/reports/2016/a1624.pdf#page=1

Reviews and evaluates the enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Passed to compel disclosure when U.S. citizens serve as agents of a foreign government, the review found a declining trend in registrations and prosecutions beginning in the 1990s and confusion as to the purpose of the act.  Makes 14 recommendations for improved enforcement.  Current investigations are said by the press to be aimed at foreign sources of income for Virginia Governor McAuliffe and former Trump advisor Paul Manafort.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Justice Department

 

 

FBI Releases Documents in Hillary Clinton E-Mail Investigation

https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-releases-documents-in-hillary-clinton-e-mail-investigation

Press release announcing public availability of the summary of Hillary Clinton’s July 2016 interview with FBI officials concerning allegations that classified information was improperly stored/transmitted on a personal e-mail server.  Also includes a factual summary of the FBI investigation.  Contains links to text of documents in FBI’s Vault site. The documents released for public viewing represent only a portion of the material turned over to congressional committees. From the Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

Quarterly Release of Newly Digitized Foreign Relations Volumes

Categories: Foreign Affairs,History

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2016/08/261295.htm

Announces the release of twenty more newly digitized volumes covering diplomatic matters that took place between 1936 and 1939.  From the State Department

 

DOD Security Cooperation: An Overview of Authorities and Issues

Categories: Defense/Military,Foreign Affairs,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R44602.pdf

Examines the controversy that has arisen over the increasing role of the Department of Defense in security cooperation missions involving foreign countries and the diminishing role of the State Department.  Includes an extensive listing of DOD security cooperation authorities and whether State Department involvement is required.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Declassified Diplomacy: Argentina

Categories: Argentina,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Foreign Affairs,Govt Secrecy,Headlines,History,Latin America

http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB556-Obama-administration-declassifies-documents-on-Argentina-military-human-rights-abuses/

A selection of eight key declassified documents from White House and State Department files dealing with the tactic of “disappearance” used by the military junta ruling Argentina during the 1970s and 1980s.  From the National Security Archive

 

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