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Apr 10 2013

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

  • Mapping for Results: The World Bank
  • The effective visual representation of key demographic data through the use of dynamic maps is a powerful tool for policymakers, journalists, and others. The World Bank developed such a program in 2010 as part of the Mapping for Results website. So far, their team has analyzed over 2,500 World Bank-financed projects and geo-coded more than 30,000 locations spanning 144 countries. Visitors can look over the featured articles on the homepage to get a flavor of the projects here, which include stories like “Mapping for Results Goes Local” and “Mapping the Financial Sector in Africa.” Visitors can use the interactive map to view projects by country or indicator, which include population density, malnutrition, and infant mortality. Visitors can also learn about the Methodology deployed throughout the maps, which will be useful to those persons looking to understand the inner workings of this complex underta king. Visitors can sign up to receive updates about the site via Twitter or RSS feed.

  • Mershon Center for International Security Studies
  • Based at the Office for International Affairs at The Ohio State University, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies “fosters interdisciplinary faculty and student research on national security in a global context.” On the homepage, visitors can learn about their upcoming events, read their biennial report, and also check out their newsletter. In the Publications area, visitors can read thoughtful publications like “Terrorism Since 9/11: The American Cases,” back issues of the Center’s formal reports, and the “Mershon Memo.” The Areas of Expertise section includes information about their key areas of interest, which include the use of force and diplomacy and institutions that manage violent conflict. The site also includes the News area, which features updates about their research, media appearances, and forthcoming publications.

    [Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 14, April 5, 2013]

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Apr 25 2012

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. Patriot Games
  2. Any Given Friday
  3. He’s Not Alone
  4. Afghanistan the Beautiful
  5. The Pickers of Dandora
  6. The Arab Spring’s Best Photos

[Source: Foreign Policy, 16th - 19th April, 2012]

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Apr 17 2012

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. Latin Leaders Behaving Badly
  2. Save the Cato Institute, Save the World?
  3. Bush Was Right
  4. After Chávez, the Narcostate
  5. Our favorite Rick Santorum moments

[Source: Foreign Policy, 9th - 12th April, 2012]

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Dec 06 2011

Top 10 Migration Issues of 2011

  1. Arab Spring and Fear of Migrant Surge Expose Rift in EU Immigration Policy Circles
  2. Economic Malaise Makes Immigrants a Target for Restrictive Legislation, Public Backlash
  3. Immigration in United States and Parts of Europe Gives Way to Increased Emigration
  4. Highly Skilled Migrants Seek New Destinations as Global Growth Shifts to Emerging Economies
  5. Substantial Investments to Court Diaspora Entrepreneurs for Development Gains
  6. Heading into the 2012 Elections, Republican Presidential Candidates Walk the Immigration Policy Tightrope
  7. Immigrant Detention under Scrutiny in Australia, United Kingdom, and United States
  8. The Arab Spring and Other Crises in Africa Displace More Than 1 Million People
  9. A Decade after 9/11, Enforcement Focus Prevails in the United States; Broader Immigration Reforms Remain Stalled
  10. Caught between Two Migration Realities, Mexico Passes New Immigration Legislation

 

[Source: Migration Policy Institute]

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Nov 16 2011

Commemorating 10 Years of Research Since 911

To commemorate the 10th years since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the Journal of Structural Engineering, v.137, issue 9,  has published the special issue Commemorating 10 Years of Research Since 9/11, focusing on research that was motivated by the impacts of events of that day. The articles are free to access.

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Oct 13 2011

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. 10 Years of War - An FP Roundtable
  2. Will the Real Benjamin Netanyahu Please Stand Up?
  3. The Price of Failure
  4. From Tahrir Square to Wall Street
  5. The IgNobels
  6. Are You So Mad at Pakistan You Can’t Feel Sorry for Them?
  7. South Africa’s Dictator Dance
  8. Ten Years in Afghanistan
  9. The America Issue
  10. America’s Pacific Century
  11. The Myth of American Exceptionalism
  12. America Really Was That Great
  13. Written on the Wall
  14. America at Dusk
  15. Think Again: Nuclear Power

 

[Source: Foreign Policy, 5th - 12th October 2011]

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Oct 12 2011

Latest reports from IssueLab

  1. Achieving Green and Healthy Homes and Communities in America
  2. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. In the Fall of 2010, the National Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisioning contracted with the National Academy to develop and execute an online dialogue that would examine ways to increase the health, safety, and energy efficiency of low- to moderate-income homes. Since 1999, the National Coalition had worked to improve low- to moderate-income housing through the support and execution of home interventions that…

     

  3. Agencies in Transition: A Report on the Views of the Members of the Federal Senior Executive Service
  4. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. Many think of leadership transition in government as something that happens only once every four or eight years. While presidential transitions are undoubtedly the largest in scope, leadership transition in government is a constant process. In fact, the average tenure of Senate-confirmed appointees is only 3.3 years, while appointees at executive departments generally spend only 2.8 years in a single post. In a federal…

     

  5. Amtrak Office of Inspector General: Organizational Assessment
  6. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. The Amtrak OIG office engaged the National Academy to conduct an organizational assessment that examines the current operations of the OIG office. The organizational assessment identified core organizational strengths and weaknesses, and recommended specific, prioritized actions to improve OIG processes, policies and management practices that will help the office achieve the goals outlined in its five-year strategic plan…

     

  7. Amtrak OIG Organizational Assessment, Phase II: Implementation Roadmap Development
  8. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. In the spring of 2010, the Academy conducted an independent organizational assessment of the Amtrak OIG. The Phase I final report addressed eight critical areas of focus, and for each of the these focus areas, the Academy identified a desired future state, key observations, critical risks, “quick win” opportunities, and long-term recommendations. The Phase I results formed the basis for the Phase II of the…

     

  9. Building Strong for Tomorrow: Recommendations for the Organizational Design of the NOAA Climate Service
  10. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. The U.S. Congress asked an expert panel of the National Academy of Public Administration to assist NOAA with a study and analysis of organizational options for a Climate Service within NOAA. Further, NOAA formally asked the Panel to provide an independent assessment of how NOAA should organize its climate capabilities and make recommendations for a Climate Service line office structure that would integrate NOAA’s…

     

  11. Choosing the Nation’s Fiscal Future
  12. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. At the request and with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and using procedures of the National Research Council, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Public Administration jointly undertook a two-year study of the long-term fiscal challenge facing the United States. The work was performed by a stellar committee representing diverse disciplines and practices…

     

  13. The Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System: An Assessment of Design, Implementation, and Impact
  14. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. The FY 1997 National Defense Authorization Act gave the Secretary of Defense authority to establish common personnel policies for DoD intelligence components. Under this authority, DoD began designing the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) in 2007. This personnel system was intended to unify the civilian human resources management systems among ten DoD intelligence components. Beyond mere…

     

  15. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate: Developing Technology to Protect America
  16. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. In response to a congressional mandate and in consultation with Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), the National Academy conducted a review of S&T’s effectiveness and efficiency in addressing homeland security needs. This review included a particular focus that identified any unnecessary duplication of effort, and opportunity costs arising from an emphasis on…

     

  17. FEMA’s Integration of Preparedness and Development of Robust Regional Offices
  18. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. In October 2006, Congress enacted major legislation to reform the function and organization of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in response to the recognized failures in preparation for and response to Hurricane Katrina. The Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 (PKEMRA) focused national preparedness responsibilities within FEMA and directed additional resources and responsibilities to…

     

  19. Governance Challenges and the Financial Crisis: Seven Key Questions
  20. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. In the midst of a global economic crisis, the federal government responded on an unprecedented scale and scope, with injections of trillions of dollars into financial markets, infusions of cash to troubled industries, state and local governments, and people in need. Government is employing tools in ways never before considered and inventing new tools, in the hope of stabilizing the economy and spurring economic recovery…

     

  21. Strengthening America’s Best Idea: An Independent Review of the National Park Service’s Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate
  22. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. NRSS requested that an independent panel of the National Academy conduct a review of its effectiveness in five core functions, its relationships with key internal stakeholders, and its performance measurement system. Among other things, the National Park Service’s Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate (NRSS) is responsible for providing usable natural and social science information throughout the…

     

  23. Managing at the Speed of Light: Improving Mission-Support Performance
  24. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. The House and Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittees requested this study to help DOE’s three major mission-support organizations improve their operations to better meet the current and future needs of the department. The passage of the Recovery Act only increased the importance of having DOE’s mission-support offices working in the most effective, efficient, and timely manner as…

     

  25. A National Dialogue on Health Information Technology and Privacy 
  26. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. Increasingly, government leaders recognize that solving the complex problems facing America today will require more than simply keeping citizens informed. Meeting challenges like rising health care costs, climate change and energy independence requires increased level of collaboration. Traditionally, government agencies have operated in silos — separated not only from citizens, but from each other, as well. Nevertheless,…

     

  27. The National Dialogue on the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review
  28. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. Six years after its creation, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) undertook the first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) to inform the design and implementation of actions to ensure the safety of the United States and its citizens. This review, mandated by the Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007, represents the first comprehensive examination of the homeland security strategy of the…

     

  29. Putting Community First: A Promising Approach to Federal Collaboration for Environmental Improvement: An Evaluation of the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Demonstration Program
  30. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. This report is an independent evaluation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Demonstration Program, a community-driven process that uses the best available data to help communities set priorities and take action on their greatest environmental risks. CARE fosters local partnerships that seek participation from business, government, organizations, residents…

     

  31. United We Ride National Dialogue
  32. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. The Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) asked the National Academy of Public Administration and Easter Seals Project ACTION to develop and host the first United We Ride (UWR) National Dialogue. The goal of the Dialogue was to help shape future policy direction and provide input to the next CCAM strategic plan. The National Academy also assembled a small work group with representatives of the Federal…

     

  33. A Worker Dialogue: Improving Health Safety and Security at DOE
  34. Contributing organization(s): National Academy of Public Administration. During the summer of 2010, the Department of Energy Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS) partnered with the National Academy of Public Administration to host an online dialogue to solicit ideas from front line union workers at DOE sites on how to improve worker safety across the DOE complex. Based on the results of the Dialogue, an expert Panel of the National Academy identified several themes that emerged from…

 
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Sep 14 2011

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. Does Obama Have His Eye on the Right Economic Crisis?
  2. The 9/11 Anniversary Reader
  3. Mission Accomplished. Finally.
  4. Reading Shakespeare in Kandahar
  5. What War Looks Like
  6. The Future of Money
  7. Return of the Renditioned
  8. 7 Things You Didn’t Know About the War on Terror

 

[Source: Foreign Policy, 6th-8th September 2011]

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Sep 08 2011

Psychology Headlines Around the World from Socialpsychology.org

  1. 9-11 coloring book draws controversy
  2. Motivating Workers To Wash Their Hands
  3. Perception Of Facial Expressions Differs Across Cultures
  4. Scottish government launches gay marriage consultation
  5. First Long-Term Study of WTC Workers Shows Widespread Health Problems 10 Years After Sept. 11

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Sep 05 2011

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. The Tripoli Uprising
  2. Bridges to Somewhere
  3. Crisis Convergence
  4. Mexican Roulette
  5. The Black Hole of 9/11
  6. Lightning Rod
  7. Ten More WikiLeaks You Missed
  8. Qaddafi’s Mile-High Club

 

[Source: Foreign Policy, 29th August - 1st September 2011]

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