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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Coalition Contributions to Countering the Islamic State

Categories: Arab,Defense/Military,Middle East Conflict,Russia,Turkey

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R44135.pdf

Reviews the background of the coalition formation and the current 66 participants who are united in trying to degrade and ultimately defeat the Islamic State.  Also covers the legal basis and military aspects of the coalition.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

2017 Defense Posture Statement: Taking the Long View, Investing for the Future

Categories: Defense/Military,Iran,Korea,Russia,Telecommunications/Internet,Terrorism

http://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2017DODPOSTURE_FINAL_MAR17UpdatePage4_WEB.PDF

Devotes sections to countering challenges from terrorism, Russia, North Korea, Iran, and Cyber Warfare. From the Defense Department

 

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1981-1988, Volume III, Soviet Union, January 1981-January 1983

Categories: Afghanistan,Civil/Human Rights,Communism,Energy,Foreign Affairs,NATO,Russia

https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1981-88v03

The first of four Soviet bilateral volumes in the Reagan series. Highlights of the volume include the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, Soviet human rights abuses, tensions over Soviet plans to construct a Siberian gas pipeline to Western Europe and NATO’s “Dual Track Decision.” From the State Department

 

Quarterly Release of Newly Digitized Foreign Relations Volumes

Categories: Communism,Energy,Foreign Affairs,History,Homeland Security,Russia,United Nations

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2015/12/250337.htm

Includes newly available digital volumes for 1945 and 1946 and 3 volumes from the 1969-1976 series covering the Soviet Union, National Security Policy, 1969-1972, and the Energy Crisis, 1969-1974. From the State Department

 

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume XX, Eastern Europe

Categories: Communism,East Europe,Foreign Affairs,History,Russia

http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1977-80v20

Focuses on U.S. foreign policy toward the Communist countries of Eastern Europe, except Poland, during the Jimmy Carter administration.   From the State Department

 

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

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

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R44249.pdf

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

http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/nukevault/ebb533-The-Able-Archer-War-Scare-Declassified-PFIAB-Report-Released/2012-0238-MR.pdf

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

http://cdn.onderzoeksraad.nl/documents/report-mh17-crash-en.pdf

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

 

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