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Oct 27 2010

Latest Articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. A Plan B for Obama
  2. A stagnant economy. Declining American influence. Dictators on the march abroad. And a more Republican Congress coming soon.
    R. James Woolsey, Robert Shrum, Joseph Cirincione, and more on what the president can do now to get off the ropes.

  3. Global Aging
  4. A gray tsunami is sweeping the planet — and the implications are frightening. How did the world get so old, so fast? - By Phillip Longman

  5. Inside Talibanistan
  6. From a distance, you might think the Taliban is a monolithic enemy. Far from it. - By Peter Bergen, Brian Fishman, Katherine Tiedemann

  7. The Tyranny of Metaphor
  8. Three historical myths have been leading American presidents into folly for nearly a century. Is Obama wise enough to avoid the same fate? - By Robert Dallek

  9. Plug and Play
  10. The fast, clean, green automobile is no longer a dream. It’s right around the corner, and coming soon to your driveway.

  11. The Great Battery Race
  12. A 19th-century technology could determine which nation triumphs in the 21st. Who’s winning the global competition to replace the combustion engine? - By Steve LeVine

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Sep 30 2010

Latest Articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. A Showdown Between Obama and His Generals Is Inevitable
  2. Standoff in the East China Sea
  3. The Devil Wears Taupe
  4. The List: The League of Extraordinary Ex-Presidents
  5. The Top 10 Craziest Things Ever Said During a U.N. Speech
  6. Caught in the Crossfire

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Jun 29 2010

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

 

  1. Justice with Michael Sandel [Flash Player]
  2. Is it sometimes wrong to tell the truth? How much value does society place on a single human life? These are truly the “big questions” of human existence, and they (along with many others) are discussed at length by Professor Michael Sandel of Harvard over the course of his popular “Justice” class. Now anyone around the world can sit in Sanders Theater to partake in the course, courtesy of Harvard and WGBH. Visitors can view the 12-part lecture series in its entirety, and they will by privy to a wide-ranging set of conversations and dialogues between Professor Sandel and his students. On the homepage, visitors will find the link to the lectures, along with information about the course readings, several helpful discussion guides, and a place for visitors to join the conversation in an online discussion forum.

  3. Malaysia: Abused and abandoned: Refugees denied rights in Malaysia [pdf]
  4. The situation for many refugees around the world is quite dire, and every year, World Refugee Day seeks to educate the public about some of the issues surrounding refugees around the globe. In June 2010, Amnesty International released this 20-page report which reveals a “litany of abuses suffered by refugees in Malaysia, the vast majority of whom are from Myanmar.” Among other findings, the report notes that refugees and asylum-seekers in Malaysia are subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention in atrocious conditions, caning, and human trafficking. One potential solution to this problem is the introduction of government ID cards for UN-recognized refugees. The report includes a methodology section and a set of proposed policy solutions.

  5. PRIV-WAR: Regulating Privatisation of War [pdf]
  6. What does it mean to have private military companies involved in the conduct of war? This is a subject of interest to the European University Institute, and a host of other partners, including the University of Sheffield and the Riga Graduate School of Law. The purpose of the PRIV-WAR project is to “assess the impact of the increasing use of private military companies and security companies in situations of armed conflict.” The project was started in 2008, and on their website interested parties can learn about their activities and click on to the “Publications” area. The working papers are quite worthy of special attention, and they include “Passing the Buck: State Responsibility for Private Military Companies” and “A History of Private Warfare”. Moving on, visitors can also use the “News” area to peruse a chronological listing of their publication records and conference activities. [KMG]

  7. U.S. government announces new policy to address homelessness
  8. Addressing the problems of the homeless population is a multi-faceted undertaking, the White House made an announcement that a new effort called “Opening Doors” would be utilized to offer a new approach on the federal level to dealing with homelessness. The basic premise behind this approach is that better coordination among the “many agencies that try to help homeless people find employment and health care as well as stable places to live” is a crucial step to ending homelessness entirely. One of the key components of this plan is to also add housing vouchers for low-income families and affordable rental units in the short-term. The hope is that chronic homelessness (where people tend to cycle through shelters and hospitals) can be effectively alleviated with the implementation of this policy.

     

[Source: The Scout Report, Volume 16, Number 25, June 25, 2010]

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Jun 22 2010

IGCC June 2010 Nuclear NEWSWIRE

  1. Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Remarks at the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference
  2. On May 3, 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed an audience at the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty review conference at the United Nations in New York, saying, “… do we seek a 21st century of more nuclear weapons or a world without them? These are the questions we must answer and the challenges we must meet. At this conference and beyond, let us come together in partnership to pursue the peace and security that our people deserve.” For a transcript and video of Clinton’s remarks, click here.

    Read the transcript of Clinton’s availability to the press at the conference here.

  3. United States Discloses Size of Nuclear Weapons Stockpile
  4. The Obama administration has formally disclosed the size of the Defense Department’s stockpile of nuclear weapons: 5,113 warheads as of September 30, 2009. The disclosure is a monumental step toward greater nuclear transparency that breaks with outdated Cold War nuclear secrecy and will put significant pressure on other nuclear weapon states to reciprocate. Progress toward deep nuclear cuts and eventual nuclear disarmament would have been very difficult without disclosing the inventory of nuclear weapons.

    See a fact sheet detailing the increasing transparency in the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile here.

  5. Films on Science: Finland’s 100,000-Year Plan to Banish Its Nuclear Waste
  6. Every day, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants is placed in interim storage, which is vulnerable to natural disasters, man-made disasters, and to societal changes. In Finland the world’s first permanent repository is being hewn out of solid rock that must last 100,000 years as this is how long the waste remains hazardous. When it is done 10 years from now, it will corkscrew three miles in and 1,600 feet down into crystalline gneiss bedrock that has been the foundation of Finland for 1.8 billion years. The place is called Onkalo (Finnish for “hidden”) and is the subject of a new documentary, “Into Eternity”.

    To view a video clip from “Into Eternity”, click here.

  7. Nuclear Posture Review Calls for Investments in Science and Technology, Infrastructure and Workforce
  8. On April 6, 2010, the Obama Administration released its Nuclear Posture Review Report that will shape U.S. nuclear weapons strategy in the next five to ten years. Described as a roadmap to implement the President’s agenda to reduce nuclear risks, this congressionally-mandated report is the third assessment of its kind – the first two being in 1994 and 2001. Initial congressional reaction to the 72-page report, issued by the Defense Department in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Energy, has generally followed party lines.

  9. Reducing and Regulating Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Europe: Moving Forward?
  10. The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) published an updated report on the shifting attitudes in Europe and the United States regarding the presence of U.S. nonstrategic, or tactical, nuclear weapons in Europe. This update to a December 2009 report examines the attitudes toward these weapons in the United States, Western and Eastern Europe, and Russia. It also considers the possible impact of the 2010 Nuclear Nonproliferation Review Conference and NATO Strategic Concept on the issue.

  11. Indonesia Takes the Lead on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
  12. On May 3, Indonesia gave the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) a much-needed boost when Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa announced that Indonesia would ratify the CTBT in the near future, without waiting for the U.S. to ratify first. For a full report on Indonesia’s announcement and its implications for the CTBT, click here.

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Oct 20 2009

Climate Change Headlines from UNFCCC

  1. Biggest Obstacle to Global Climate Deal May Be How to Pay for It
  2. Climate change: India, Argentina call on developed nations to do their bit
  3. Rich nations need to ante-up in climate talks: U.N.
  4. Climate Talks Failure Would Embarrass Obama, EU Says
  5. Trade, climate top US-China agenda
  6. Copenhagen Meet and replacing Kyoto Protocol
  7. Oil exporting countries seek compensation in carbon-cutting world
  8. Is China Now the Climate Change Good Guy?
  9. China, BlueNext form standard to build CO2 market
  10. Britain urges int’l deal on climate change in Copenhagen
  11. China and India are leading the way. Yes, I’m optimistic
  12. India Weighing Emissions Curbs

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Sep 25 2009

Climate Change Headlines from UNFCCC

  1. China vows climate change action
  2. Japan’s new climate initiative raises hopes
  3. UN climate chief says China poised to take lead
  4. U.N. seeks momentum in climate talks as Obama, Hu speak
  5. Small island nations urge rich to limit warming
  6. Population growth driving climate change, poverty: experts
  7. Norway to consider increasing 2020 CO2 cuts
  8. Obama Administration Pushes Climate Talks Into 2010
  9. U.S. climate bill could cut GDP 3.5 percent by 2050
  10. Britain At Risk Of Massive Tsunami If Global Warming Not Curtailed
  11. EU urges G20 to hand billions to poor nations for climate fight
  12. ANALYSIS-Poor nations CO2 curbs strengthen hand in UN talks
  13. West Africa group adopts common position on climate change
  14. Copenhagen begins in Beijing. The world waits

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Sep 09 2009

Latest Articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. Obama Is No Realist
  2. It’s Still the One
  3. Subpriming the Pump
  4. Don’t Be Crude
  5. The Strait Dope on Hormuz
  6. Scenes from the Violent Twilight of Oil
  7. The Great Pipeline Opera
  8. Seven Myths About Alternative Energy
  9. Is a Green World a Safer World?
  10. The Devil’s Excrement
  11. Summer Reading of Our Discontent
  12. Very, Very Lost in Translation
  13. Nuclear poker with Kim Jong Il
  14. Epiphanies from Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng
  15. The List: How big is your rocket?
  16. “Hearts and minds”: a history
  17. Bill Bradley investigates a diplomatic snafu
  18. France without illusions

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Aug 14 2009

Somalia: Too Big a Problem to Fail?

As Hillary Clinton was holding talks with Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed in Nairobi, Kenya — Mogadishu being far too dangerous for a U.S. secretary of state to visit — Somalia itself stood once again at a violent crossroads…

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Jul 20 2009

Headlines From Trade Observatory

  1. Obama, Africa and food insecurity
  2. Has the G8 done enough for the poor?
  3. G8 leaders focus on hunger
  4. AFRICA: FAO Paper On Land Grab Is “Wishy-Washy”
  5. Clean-Energy Legislation Is an Opportunity for Farmers and the Economy
  6. Obama Enlists Major Powers to Aid Poor Farmers With $15 Billion
  7. A well-spring of human rights

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Jul 15 2009

Archived articles From Political Affairs Magazine

  1. Global Opinion Split on Obama and US Role
  2. Hondurans Pour into the Streets Demanding Zelaya’s Return
  3. Human Rights and Democracy in Iran

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