Archive for December, 2016

How To Spot Fake News

This is the title of a very informative piece from; it’s what we librarians do on a daily basis.

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An Ebola Vaccine Has Been Developed

Here is the technical report as published in The Lancet, a prestigious medical journal. For those who would like a more understandable analysis of this breakthrough, please peruse this New York Times article and this press release from WHO.

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International Centre for Counter-Terrorism

Operating out of The Hague, the ICCT “… aims to translate its research and analysis findings into practical, solutions-oriented policy recommendations that support policymakers and practitioners in their daily work. Building on its growing expertise in these areas, ICCT aims to contribute to the design and implementation of comprehensive and more systemic global, regional and national counter-terrorism strategies and activities.” To these ends, the ICCT sponsors projects and research on terrorism topics that occur around the world. One of the more interesting research  focal points is on CT Strategic Communications, or how terror organizations use social media in their campaigns. For example, one paper details the evolution of IS media over the years; it is based on primary sources and well as in-country fieldwork. There are dozens of publications listed at this valuable site; all research papers and policy briefs have undergone peer review.

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Civil-Military Relations

In preparing for a class on this topic, I came across some valuable sites that are of interest:

CIA World Factbook (Continuously updated)

Civil Military Relations: A Selected Bibliography (US Army War College, 2011)

Civil Military Relations [Bibliography] (US Air University Library, 1993). Old but contains references easily overlooked in more recent listings. Good for historical background.)

Civil-military relations in humanitarian crises (European Commission)

Council on Foreign Relations. (Numerous reports, many on foreign countries)

Country Profiles (Though no longer updated, these volumes do provide valuable historical background.)

Defense Technical Information Center. (Over 3000 research papers, theses, dissertations on CMR, many dealing with various countries.)

European Parliament Think Tank. (Dozens of reports.)

Rand Corporation. CivilMilitary Relations.

Strategic Studies Institute (Many relevant reports).

Trends and challenges in humanitarian civil military coordination: a review of the literature (HPG, 2012)

Additional U.S. reports:

Afghanistan: changes to updated U.S. civil-military strategic framework reflect evolving U.S. role. (US GAO, 2014)

Civil Military Programs (US GAO; older report from 1998 but still relevant)

The civil society-military relationship in Afghanistan (US Institute of Peace, 2010)

Civil support, DOD needs to clarify its roles and responsibilities for defense support of civil authorities during cyber incidents : report to congressional committees (US GAO, 2016)

Defense support of civil authorities : a vital resource in the nation’s homeland security missions : hearing before the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, first session, June 10, 2015.

Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way: rethinking and refining the civil-military relationship (Strategic Studies Institute, 2012)

The limits of military officers’ duty to obey civilian orders : a neo-classical perspective (Strategic Studies Institute, 2015)

Unity of mission : civilian-military teams in war and peace (Air University Press, 2016)

An author to read: Peter D Feaver.

Another author: Deborah Pearlstein “The Soldier, the State, and the Separation of Power” (2011, very thorough bibliography)

 Another author: Samuel P Huntington. His classic work – The Soldier and the State – is excerpted online. His 1993 article  – The Clash of Civilizations? Should just be read for its prescience.





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What Is/Are the 2016 Word(s) of the Year?

It depends on whom you consult: for Oxford Dictionaries it is “post-truth“; Merriam-Webster chose surreal; selected xenophobia; and the American Heritage Dictionary, while not choosing a “word of the year” features hundreds of new words, senses, and revised usages. All the sites include extensive background information on the works and terms, and provide short-lists of candidate word as well. (N.B., the first three words of the year profiled in this entry all were given additional emphasis due to the presidential election.)

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2015 Digest of Education Statistics Now Online

This annual report presents a plethora of data from pre-K to graduate school and is considered a go-to source for its depth and breadth of coverage. As this resource is updated on a continual basis, newer data is posted here for your perusal; the online version also has “WEB-only” tables/charts . An introduction featues some salient statistics, among them that college enrollment will increase by 15% through 2025. (Chapter 3 examines higher education.) Reports back to 1990 can be perused as well.

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Guarini Library 2016/17 Winter Intersession Hours

The Library’s hours during intersession are:

December 20 – December 23    Tuesday – Friday,  8:30am-4:30pm

December 24 – January 2    CLOSED

January 3 – January 16          Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm; Saturday & Sunday – CLOSED



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