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National Security Reports – April 2017 Update

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The Spectre of Famine

Famine, the “extreme and general scarcity of food, as in a country or a large geographical area”, has appeared in four conflicted countries – Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. This is an unprecedented occurrence; such large-scale simultaneous scarcities of food have never before been recorded in so many countries. All four countries face both internal and external military pressures. The International Crisis Group is publishing Instruments of Pain, a four-part series devoted to the above countries and their travails. Additional sites of relevance include: Millions across Africa, Yemen could be at risk of death from starvation – UN agency (UN News Centre); Famine and Food Crises (UNICEF); Drought and War Heighten Threat of Not Just 1 Famine, but 4(The New York Times); and Famine Early Warning Systems Network.

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Council on Foreign Relations Special Reports

Council Special Reports (CSRs) are concise policy briefs that provide timely responses to developing crises or contributions to current policy dilemmas.” Recent ones discuss the tensions between NATO and Russia, and the sometimes turbulent relationship of Silicon Valley to Washington, D.C. You can search by region, topic or year.

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Syria – Current Events and Overview

This CRS report succinctly outlines the conflict in Syria – Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response. Also, please read the International Crisis Group’s Syria section and the Council on Foreign Relations’ Syria page.

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“Defense Primer”Series

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National Security Reports – March 2017 Update

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NATO Encyclopedia

This work presents overviews of all the missions and policies that fall under the aegis of NATO. Given the rising tensions between NATO and Russia (read this entry – Relations with Russia), this resource provides a plethora of information. You can search this work via an alphabetical index or a thematic index.

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