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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Overseas Contingency Operations Funding: Background and Status

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Iraq,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R44519.pdf

Examines the controversy and the current funding debate over the Overseas Contingency Operations account, created to provide funding for emergency overseas military actions following the 9/11 attacks.  The account is not subject to the normal budget control acts and has resulted in nearly $2 trillion dollars of spending, mostly for U.S. military activities in Iraq and Afghanistan.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Children and Armed Conflict: Report of the Secretary General

Categories: Afghanistan,Children,Crime/Justice,Iraq,Sex Issues,Sudan,Syria,Terrorism,United Nations

http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=s/2016/360&referer=/english/&Lang=E

Annual report on the impact of war on children.  Annexes to the report which covers 2015 include information about parties that recruit and use children as warriors, sexual violence against children, attacks on schools and hospitals, and the abduction of children.  From the United Nations Security Council

 

UNSCR 1325 in the Middle East and North Africa: Women and Security

Categories: Arab,Civil/Human Rights,Egypt,Iraq,Israel,United Nations,Women

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR388-UNSCR-1325-in-the-Middle-East-and-North-Africa-Women-and-Security.pdf

Examines the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and what it has accomplished in five Middle Eastern and North Africa nations, especially with regard to ending violence against women and promoting gender equality, since its passage in 2000.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Counting Casualties in Syria and Iraq: Process and Challenges

Categories: Births/Deaths,Iraq,Syria

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/IN10474.pdf

Discusses the difficulties of collecting war-related casualty data in both countries and provides an overview of some of the current estimates available from selected organizations. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Atrocities Prevention Report

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/254807.htm

Describes targeting of and attacks against civilians, including members of religious and ethnic groups, in the Middle East and Burma. Includes specific discussion of actions in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Burma, and U.S. government responses. From the State Department

 

What is “Building Partner Capacity?” Issues for Congress

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,East Europe,Foreign Affairs,Iraq,Korea,Pakistan,Vietnam

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R44313.pdf

Examines past efforts to achieve U.S. foreign policy goals and objectives through strengthening foreign security institutions in countries that share those interests. Explores 20 case studies since World War II according to one of seven strategic U.S. goals. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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

 

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