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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Living Under Siege: The Syrian Arab Republic

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Food/Nutrition,Middle East Conflict,Syria,United Nations

http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Countries/SY/LivingUnderSiege.pdf

The first in a series of planned reports by the United Nations on violations of international human rights in the Syrian conflict.  This report focuses on the suffering of civilians in cities placed under siege by the Syrian government and its allies and condemns starvation as a method of warfare.  From the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

 

Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response

Categories: Arab,Civil/Human Rights,Middle East Conflict,Syria

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RL33487.pdf

Provides an overview of the expanding crisis in Syria, the opposing forces and their internal conflicts, the efforts to remove chemical weapons from the conflict, and the bleak prospects for significant U.S. engagement to promote regional security or humanitarian assistance.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Sectarianism in Lebanon and Syria: The Dynamics of Mutual Spill-Over

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

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/PB159.pdf

Describes how and why the conflict in Syria is intensifying Sunni-Shia tensions in Lebanon.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

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

 

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume 8, Arab-Israeli Dispute, January 1977-August 1978

Categories: Arab,Egypt,Foreign Affairs,History,Israel,Middle East Conflict

http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1977-80v08

Official documents detailing the efforts of Carter Administration officials to bring together Egypt and Israel for bilateral negotiations on a peace settlement which would cover the case of Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank.  From the State Department

 

The Global Burden of Disease: Generating Evidence, Guiding Policy: Middle East and North Africa Regional Edition

Categories: Africa,Health/Medical,Middle East Conflict

http://www.healthmetricsandevaluation.org/sites/default/files/policy_report/2013/world_bank/WB%20GBD%20Report%2C%20Middle%20East%20%26%20North%20Africa.pdf

One of six regional reports on the comparative health loss due to diseases, injuries, and risk factors by age, sex, and geography.  From the World Bank

 

The Struggle for Yemen and the Challenge of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Categories: Arab,Middle East Conflict,Terrorism

http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/download.cfm?q=1157

Examines how Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has diverged from Al Qaeda and how it used Yemen’s Arab Spring  uprising to paralyze the country’s government and divide the military into hostile factions.  From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College

 

Oman: Reform, Security, and U.S. Policy

Categories: Arab,Asia,Iran,Middle East Conflict,Terrorism

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RS21534.pdf

Discusses the gradual change toward reform in Oman as an aspect of the Arab Spring, the leading role played by the Sultan of Oman, and the nature of U.S.-Oman relations, especially in their differing views of Iran.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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