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The "Khorasan Group" in Syria

Description: This report briefly discusses the Syria-based terrorists referred to as the "Khorasan Group" and the U.S. airstrikes conducted against them in late September 2014.
Date: September 24, 2014
Creator: Blanchard, Christopher M.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Scotland's Independence Referendum

Description: This report examines varying opinion in regards to Scotland's Independence Referendum. The report also discusses U.S. views on the topic.
Date: September 15, 2014
Creator: Mix, Derek E.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Al Qaeda-Affiliated Groups: Middle East and Africa

Description: This report focuses on Al Qaeda affiliates, or groups that have publicly sworn allegiance to Al Qaeda leadership and been formally accepted as affiliates. This includes Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the Nusrah Front, and Al Shabaab. This report also profiles a selection of other groups that are not Al Qaeda affiliates but may have organizational links or ideological similarities with Al Qaeda or its affiliates and pose a credible threat to the United States or to U.S. interests.
Date: October 10, 2014
Creator: Humud, Carla E.; Arieff, Alexis; Blanchard, Lauren Ploch; Blanchard, Christopher M.; Sharp, Jeremy M. & Katzman, Kenneth
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

U.S. International Broadcasting: Background and Issues for Reform

Description: This report discusses the United States International Broadcasting Act of 1994 (USIB Act) and the U.S. international broadcasting services were consolidated under the BBG within the United States Information Agency (USIA).
Date: May 2, 2014
Creator: Weed, Matthew C.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Agriculture in the WTO Bali Ministerial Agreement

Description: At the World Trade Organization's (WTO's) Ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia, December 3-7, 2013, ministers adopted the so-called Bali Package — a series of decisions aimed at streamlining trade (referred to as trade facilitation), allowing developing countries more options for providing food security, boosting least-developed-country trade, and helping development more generally. This report focuses on aspects of the Bali Package that deal with and are specific to agriculture.
Date: October 6, 2014
Creator: Schnepf, Randy
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Islamic State in Syria and Iraq: A Possible Threat to Jordan?

Description: This report briefly examines the extent to which the Islamic State (IS, formerly referred to as ISIS or ISIL) may pose a threat to Jordan, an "important U.S. partner." The report discusses Jordanian actions to address threats, and U.S. policy implications.
Date: August 28, 2014
Creator: Sharp, Jeremy M.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Pacific Alliance: A Trade Integration Initiative in Latin America

Description: The Pacific Alliance is a regional integration initiative formed by Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru on April 28, 2011. Its main purpose is for members to form a regional trading bloc and forge stronger economic ties with the Asia-Pacific region. This report provides an overview of the structure of the Pacific Alliance, events leading up to its creation, and the economic significance of the Member countries.
Date: October 9, 2014
Creator: Villarreal, M. Angeles
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Intellectual Property Rights and International Trade

Description: This report provides background on intellectual property rights (IPR) and discusses the role of U.S. international trade policy in enhancing IPR protection and enforcement abroad.
Date: April 4, 2014
Creator: Ilias, Shayerah & Fergusson, Ian F.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

International Food Aid Programs: Background and Issues

Description: This report describes the major U.S. international food aid programs along with the related issues--including the Administration's reform proposals--currently before Congress.
Date: May 28, 2014
Creator: Schnepf, Randy
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Membership in the United Nations and Its Specialized Agencies

Description: This report highlights key steps in the process for attaining membership in the United Nations and its specialized agencies. It discusses the capacities associated with U.N. membership and observer status, as well as criteria for and implications of membership. It also examines related U.S. legislation and recent congressional and Obama Administration actions
Date: June 19, 2014
Creator: Blanchfield, Luisa & Browne, Marjorie Ann
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Unaccompanied Children from Central America: Foreign Policy Considerations

Description: This report examines policy considerations for Congress in response to the recent influx of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) from Central American countries being apprehended at the U.S. border. The report also discusses current policy framework and the Obama Administration's diplomatic response.
Date: August 28, 2014
Creator: Meyer, Peter J.; Seelke, Claire Ribando; Taft-Morales, Maureen & Margesson, Rhoda
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The "Islamic State" Crisis and U.S. Policy

Description: This report provides background and current information on the Islamic State, a transnational Sunni Islamist insurgent and terrorist group that has expanded its control over areas of northwestern Iraq and northeastern Syria since 2013. The report also examines possible U.S. policy options in the wake of increasing international outrage at the Islamic States' brutality and apparent disregard for typical human rights conventions.
Date: September 10, 2014
Creator: Katzman, Kenneth; Blanchard, Christopher M.; Humud, Carla E.; Weed, Matthew C.; Margesson, Rhoda & Tiersky, Alex
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Organization of American States: Background and Issues for Congress

Description: This report covers the background of the Organization of American States (OAS). It discusses the importance of U.S. participation in this organization in order to exert authority and shape outcomes in the Western Hemisphere.
Date: January 23, 2014
Creator: Meyer, Peter J.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The G-20 Summit: Brisbane, November 15-16, 2014

Description: This report discusses the G-20 Summit held in Brisbane, Australia. In February 2014, the G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors pledged to develop policies that would boost the G-20's collective GDP by more than two percentage points over the coming five years.
Date: November 5, 2014
Creator: Nelson, Rebecca M.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

A New Authorization for Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State: Comparison of Current Proposals in Brief

Description: This report discusses the President's constitutional authority to use military force against the armed offensive of the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIL or ISIS) in northern and western Iraq and northeastern Syria. It also covers current proposals for action under congressional authorizations for use of military force (AUMFs).
Date: October 21, 2014
Creator: Weed, Matthew C.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Negotiations and Issues for Congress

Description: This report examines the issues related to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the state and substance of the negotiations (to the degree that the information is publically available), the specific areas under negotiation, the policy and economic contexts in which the TPP would fit, and the issues for Congress that the TPP presents.
Date: November 19, 2014
Creator: Fergusson, Ian F.; McMinimy, Mark A. & Williams, Brock R.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

IMF Reforms: Issues for Congress

Description: This report provides information about the reforms made by the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in December 2010, Congress's role in the reform process, and how the reforms could affect U.S. interests at the IMF.
Date: March 11, 2014
Creator: Nelson, Rebecca M. & Weiss, Martin A.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department