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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Democratic Republic of Congo: Background and U.S. Policy

Categories: Africa,Civil/Human Rights,Foreign Assistance,Geology/Mining

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43166.pdf

Discusses problems in the Congo—conflict, weak government, human rights abuses—and how U.S. efforts to provide assistance have brought mixed results. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

“Leahy Law” Human Rights Provisions and Security Assistance: Issue Overview

Categories: Arms Control,Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Foreign Assistance,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43361.pdf

Provides background on U.S. legislative restrictions on providing military assistance to regimes that commit gross violations of human rights and controversies surrounding such provisions. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Thailand: Background and U.S. Relations

Categories: Asia,Civil/Human Rights,Foreign Assistance,Foreign Trade/Investment

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL32593.pdf

Describes recent unrest in Thailand, the struggle for supremacy between populist and royalist—militarist forces, and how the unrest is affecting military and economic relations with the U.S.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Center for Effective Government v. U.S. Department of State

Categories: Foreign Assistance,Govt Secrecy,Presidency,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.fas.org/sgp/jud/ceg-ppd/memop.pdf

Federal District Court decision that ordered the Obama Administration to release to the public an unclassified presidential directive on issues of foreign aid.  The decision also criticized the administrative view that unclassified presidential directives to Executive Branch agencies could be withheld from public view.  Legal decision posted by the Federation of American Scientists’ Secrecy News Project

 

The Paris Club and International Debt Relief

Categories: Foreign Assistance

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS21482.pdf

Describes what the Paris Club is and the role it plays in international debt forgiveness.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Egypt in Crisis: Issues for Congress

Categories: Egypt,Foreign Assistance,Headlines

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/R43183.pdf

Provides a brief overview of key issues related to the current political upheaval in Egypt and the future of U.S.-Egypt relations, especially with regard to military assistance.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

International Crises and Disasters: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Response Mechanisms

Categories: Foreign Affairs,Foreign Assistance,Govt Finance,Weather/Disasters

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33769.pdf

Covers the sources and types of U.S. government aid, response mechanisms of key U.S. agencies, and issues for Congress, including competing budget priorities, burdensharing, the efficacy of U.S. aid efforts, and links to broader U.S. foreign policy goals.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Taiwan: Major U.S. Arms Sales Since 1990

Categories: China,Defense/Military,Foreign Assistance,Taiwan

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL30957.pdf

Discusses U.S. security assistance to Taiwan or the Republic of China, the types of weapons sold, the nature of the military relationship, and policy issues for Congress, such as the extent of the U.S. commitment to defend Taiwan.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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