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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats

Categories: Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Iran,Iraq,Korea,Libya,Presidency,Somalia,Syria,Venezuela

Presidential proclamation suspending entry of nationals from eight countries of concern: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen.  Iraq was also identified as a country where nationals should be subject to additional scrutiny  From the White Hose


Letters from Abbottabad: Bin Laden Sidelined?

Categories: Arab,Headlines,Iran,Middle East Conflict,Pakistan,Somalia,Terrorism

A study of 17 declassified documents  captured during the raid on the Abbottabad hideout of Osama Bin Laden.  A major theme is Bin Laden’s frustration  with regional jihadi groups and his inability to control their actions.  From the Combatting Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy


Somalia: Recent Political, Security, and Humanitarian Developments

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Somalia,Terrorism

Covers recent military setbacks suffered by al-Shabaab at the hands of African Union and Kenyan forces, the suffering caused by the current famine, and recent efforts to promote a viable political process.  From the Library of the House of Commons


Horn of Africa Region: The Humanitarian Crisis and International Response

Categories: Africa,Food/Nutrition,Somalia,Terrorism,Weather/Disasters

This report provides an overview of the current crisis, mainly in Somalia,  and its causes, background on the region, a framework for the international, humanitarian response,  and an analysis of some of the operational challenges.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Temporary Protected Status: Current Immigration Policy and Issues

Categories: Haiti,Immigration/Migration,Latin America,Laws/Regulations,Somalia,Sudan

Describes how and when temporary protected status and other forms of immigration relief are provided to noncitizens by the U.S. government.  Currently more than 300,000 foreign nationals from seven countries enjoy such status.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the U.S. Department of State Foreign Press Center


Somalia: Recent Political, Security and Humanitarian Developments

Categories: Africa,Food/Nutrition,Somalia,Terrorism

Looks at the military setbacks suffered by al-Shabaab during 2011, the motives behind the Kenyan incursion, and the scale and causes of the famine in southern Somalia.  From the House of Commons Library



Piracy Off the Horn of Africa

Categories: Africa,Crime/Justice,Somalia

Update to previous reports.  More than 200 pirate attacks occurred in the Horn of Africa waters during 2010 with 49 successful hijackings, more than 1100 hostages taken, and an annual cost to the global economy of up to $12 billion.  Discusses U.S. policy responses.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

Somalia: Current Conditions and Prospects for a Lasting Peace

Categories: Africa,Somalia,Terrorism

Describes recent developments including the suicide bombings by Al-Shabaab in Kampala, Uganda in retaliation against nations that sent peace-keeping forces to Somalia and the shuffling of leadership positions in the Somali transition government.  Also provides information on  Al-Shabaab and Islamic organizations in Somalia. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

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