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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The European Union (EU): Current Challenges and Future Prospects in Brief

Categories: European Union,Foreign Affairs,Immigration/Migration,Russia

Provides a brief history of the EU and the major current challenges facing the organization. Also covers EU-U.S. relations. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The Soviet “War Scare”

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,History,NATO,Nuclear Arms,Russia

A recently declassified document from the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board dating from 1990 which reveals that the so-called War Scare of 1983 represented a real possibility of war between the U.S. and USSR. Soviet fears of a U.S.-NATO first strike during NATO exercises known as “Able Archer 83” led to increased Russian and Warsaw pact military preparedness. Posted by the National Security Archive.


Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Categories: Headlines,Russia,Transportation,Weather/Disasters

The Dutch government’s investigation report on the flight which concludes that the plane was shot down by a warhead fired from a Buk surface-to-air missile system. Also examines the question of why a civilian airliner was flying over a war zone in the Ukraine. From the Dutch Safety Board


NATO’s Military Response to Russia

Categories: Defense/Military,Great Britain,NATO,Russia

Explains the main details of the Readiness Action Plan adopted by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in response to the 2014 Russia-Ukraine crisis and the military contribution of the United Kingdom.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper 07276


Russia : International Energy Data and Analysis

Categories: Energy,Russia,Statistics

Describes the Russian energy sector, including oil, natural gas, and coal, and the relative importance of the energy sector to the Russian economy.  From the Energy Information Administration


The Ukraine-Russia Conflict: Signals and Scenarios for the Broader Region

Categories: Conflict Resolution,Foreign Affairs,Russia

Provides a framework for understanding emerging conflict dynamics in post-Soviet countries, especially in view of Russia’s aggressive foreign policies, and identifies conflict prevention and mitigation opportunities.  From the United States Institute of Peace


The CIA and Signals Intelligence

Categories: Communism,History,Russia,Spying/Intelligence

A collection of 43 documents which cover efforts of the Central Intelligence Agency to engage in signals intelligence operations, sometimes in competition with other U.S. intelligence agencies such as the National Security Agency, during the Cold War period of history.  From the National Security Archive


Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Canada,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Russia,Science/Technology

Reviews climate and political changes relating to the Arctic, the scramble among Arctic countries for mineral rights, and other potentially destabilizing issues.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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