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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Use of Force Considerations in Iraq

Categories: Defense/Military,Iraq,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/IN10106.pdf

Describes the threat posed to Iraq by the armed forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the possible authorities that could be invoked by President Obama to justify sending U.S. military forces back to Iraq.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Iraq Crisis and U.S. Policy

Categories: Arab,Asia,Iran,Iraq,Syria,Terrorism

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

Describes the offensive of the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the threat posed to U.S. interests by the offensive, and the policy options available.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Decade of War: Volume 1: Enduring Lessons from the Past Decade of Operations

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,Iraq,Terrorism

http://blogs.defensenews.com/saxotech-access/pdfs/decade-of-war-lessons-learned.pdf

Study of nearly 50 previous military reports to find key lessons of past decade.  Declassified quietly some time ago, but recently back in the news.  From the Defense Department

 

Sunni-Shia Relations After the Iraq War

Categories: Arab,Democracy/Peace,Iraq,Middle East Conflict,Religion/Ethics,Science/Technology

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/PB160.pdf

Examines the rise of sectarianism in the Middle East since 2003 and how the social, political, and technological changes which are fueling this trend are affecting Sunni and Shia communities.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Final Report … of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction

Categories: Govt Finance,Iraq,Public Works

http://www.sigir.mil/files/quarterlyreports/September2013/Report_-_September_2013.pdf#view=fit

The culmination of 20,000 pages of reporting on the use of $60 billion of U.S. funding for Iraqi reconstruction.  From the Office of the Special Inspector General

 

Department of Defense’s Use of Contractors to Support Military Operations: Background, Analysis, and Issues for Congress

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,Govt Procurement,Iraq

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R43074.pdf

Describes the importance of effective use of contractors by the Defense Department and the dangers of ineffective use, especially as seen by consequences in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Also discusses the importance of cultural and systemic change in contracting in the future.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Iraq: Country Analysis Brief

Categories: Energy,Iraq

http://www.eia.gov/countries/analysisbriefs/Iraq/iraq.pdf

Iraq has the fifth largest proven crude oil reserves in the world and is one of the few countries where much of its oil resources have not been fully exploited.  This report covers Iraq’s reserves and production for petroleum and natural gas.  From the Energy Information Administration

 

Iraq’s Budget as a Source of Political Stability

Categories: Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Iraq

http://www.usip.org/files/resources/SR328-Iraqs%20Budget%20as%20a%20Source%20of%20Political%20Stability.pdf

Examines coalition efforts to strengthen the Iraqi government, provide essential services, and counter the insurgency by building Iraq’s budgetary system.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

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