Center for Strategic and International Studies. November 13, 2014.

As President Obama oversees military operations against ISIS, he and his advisers should also be sure to focus on the effectiveness of military operations against terrorist groups over the past 13 years. While succeeding in the short term— largely keeping the United States and its citizens safe from attack—U.S.-led strikes have neither stopped the spread of Islamist extremism, nor addressed growing, related state-level instability from Pakistan to Nigeria. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

http://csis.org/files/publication/Brannen.pdf [PDF format, 3 pages].

Center for Strategic and International Studies. November 13, 2014.

The U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region presents an opportunity to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance and further its role in maintaining regional security and prosperity. U.S. fiscal constraints and multiple crises in other parts of the world have prompted concern in Japan about the sustainability of the rebalance, but close ties with the United States are the cornerstone of Japanese foreign policy and the Abe government unveiled a national security strategy last year that mirrors U.S. diplomatic, economic, and security objectives in the region. There is much the two governments can do in the coming year to enhance alliance cooperation aimed at shaping the regional order. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

http://csis.org/files/publication/Szechenyi.pdf [PDF format, 3 pages].

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Center for Strategic and International Studies. November 6, 2014.

The U.S. midterm elections have passed, and, as was largely expected, Republicans now hold a majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The elections, like the year that preceded them, were characterized by deep partisanship and a contentiousness that will be hard to leave behind going into the new year. With the GOP in control of the legislature—and largely at odds with the White House—what can we expect of the new Congress in its policies relevant to the Western Hemisphere? [Note: contains copyrighted material].

http://csis.org/publication/what-do-us-midterms-mean-foreign-policy-toward-americas [HTML format].

Brennan Center for Justice. November 10, 2014.

The Brennan Center examined outside expenditures reported to the FEC through Election Day in the most competitive U.S. Senate contests. “Outside spending” refers to election-focused expenditures by anyone other than the candidates. These competitive races have attracted the greatest amount of outside spending. The analysis below details not only the record amounts of outside spending in 2014, but also the dominance of “dark money groups,” which are outside groups that don’t reveal all the sources of their funds. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

http://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/blog/Post_Election_Spending.pdf [PDF format, 4 pages]

Urban Institute. November 12, 2014.

The Immigrant Access to Health and Human Services project describes the legal and policy contexts that affect immigrant access to health and human services. The study aims to identify and describe federal, state, and local program eligibility provisions related to immigrants, major barriers to immigrants’ access to health and human services for which they are legally eligible, and innovative or promising practices that can help states manage their programs. This final report summarizes findings from the seven research briefs and one report that constitute this project. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/2000012-Immigrant-Access-to-Health-and-Human-Services.pdf [PDF format, 31 pages]

 

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