Tagged: State

Unpacking the Islamic State

“The Islamic State is an alarming phenomenon. It may wither and die as quickly as it has emerged, or it may prove to be the catalyst for major change within the region and beyond.” In the November 2014 publication, “The Islamic State“, the Soufan Group details the complex story of...

President Obama Announces U.S. Intent and Strategy to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)

“If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”  On September 10, 2014, President Barack Obama delivered a speech to the American Public declaring the intent of the United States government to respond strongly to the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known...

Ethnic Cleansing on a Historic Scale

Fleeing possible capture, abduction, death, Islamic conversion or separation from family are just some of the conditions that northern Iraq communities are now facing. Amnesty International just released a report, “Ethnic Cleansing on a Historic Scale: Islamic State’s Systematic Targeting of Minorities in Northern Iraq” describing the terror situation of thousands of ethnic...

Putting the Red Light on Trafficking: 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report Released Today

Today, the U.S. State Department issued its annual “Trafficking in Persons Report” to raise awareness on the prevalence of human trafficking across U.S. borders and around the world. In remarks at the report’s release, Secretary of State John Kerry emphasized, “this is not just a book, it’s not just a...

New CSIS Report Forecasts Dissolution of Iraq Security Forces, Signals Necessary Reforms

On Friday June 12th, the Arleigh Burke Chair in Strategy from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) released a report, Shaping Iraq’s Security Forces which sheds light on the current state of Iraqi Security Forces and the observable decline since 2011. In light of recent events involving militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and...

State Department Report on the Benghazi Attack

The U.S. Department of State has recently released a report examining the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya in September of this year. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered the Accountability Review Board (ARB) “to examine the facts and circumstances surrounding the September 11-12, 2012, killings of four...

Electoral College: How It Works in Contemporary Presidential Elections

The Congressional Research Service recently released a report in time for the Presidential Election which explains in detail the Electoral College. Entitled,“The Electoral College: How It Works in Contemporary Presidential Elections”, this paper includes the following sections: “Constitutional Origins”; “The Electoral College Today”; “2012 Presidential Election: An Electoral College Timeline”;...

How Does Your State Rank in Water Preparedness Planning?

The report Ready or Not: An Evaluation of State Climate and Water Preparedness Planning from the Natural Resources Defense Council, looks at how climate change is impacting water resources across the United States. Climate change is putting water supplies at risk, increasing flooding and erosion, and threatening fish and aquatic...