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Somalia: The Next Oil Superpower?

Author: Alexander Dick-Godfrey
National Interest Online

Last month, Soma Oil and Gas, a London based energy company, searching for hydrocarbon deposits off the coast of Somalia, announced that it had completed a seismic survey to ascertain the potential for recoverable oil and gas deposits. Although further details have yet to be released, chief executive Rob Sheppard announced that the results were encouraging. However, Somalia, and potential investors, should proceed with caution when considering entering this frontier market.

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What President Obama Should Say About Guantanamo in the State of the Union

Author: John B. Bellinger III
Lawfare

John Bellinger argues that President Obama’s categorical dismissal of Guantanamo as a “facility that should have never been opened” needlessly politicizes the issue, alienating the congressional Republicans whose support he will need to close it.  President Obama should use his State of the Union address the most compelling reason for Guantanamo’s closure: that its existence has now become a recruiting tool for terrorists around the world.

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Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): Final Report of the Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation Network Agency Accountability Board

The CIA accountability board produced this report in response to accusations from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that the CIA had accessed without authorization the Committee's shared computer drive and removed some files, potential violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Wiretap Act. The computer drive contained files related to the Committee's investigation of the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" practices. The CIA's report overturned the CIA inspector general's July 31 report that agents had acted improperly in accessing the shared drive.

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Terrorism

Terrorism Research Links provide news, definitions and history, terrorism organizations and networks, responses to terrorism, resources on 9/11 and more.

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United Nations’ Valerie Amos on Accountability and Intervention in Humanitarian Work

Speaker: Valerie Amos
Presider: George Rupp

Valerie Amos, undersecretary-general and emergency relief coordinator at the United Nations, joins George Rupp, senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and professor of health, religion, and international affairs at Columbia University, to discuss the realities and challenges of humanitarian work around the world today.

The Sorensen Distinguished Lecture on the United Nations was established in 1996 by Gillian and Theodore C. Sorensen to highlight the United Nations and offer a special occasion for its most distinguished and experienced leaders to speak to the Council on Foreign Relations membership.

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United Nations’ Valerie Amos on Accountability and Intervention in Humanitarian Work

Speaker: Valerie Amos
Presider: George Rupp

Valerie Amos, undersecretary-general and emergency relief coordinator at the United Nations, joins George Rupp, senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and professor of health, religion, and international affairs at Columbia University, to discuss the realities and challenges of humanitarian work around the world today.

The Sorensen Distinguished Lecture on the United Nations was established in 1996 by Gillian and Theodore C. Sorensen to highlight the United Nations and offer a special occasion for its most distinguished and experienced leaders to speak to the Council on Foreign Relations membership.

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Diplomacy and Religious Engagement: Promise and Pitfalls

Speakers: Peter Mandaville and Sara Silvestri

Peter Mandaville, director of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies and professor of international affairs at George Mason University, and Sara Silvestri, senior lecturer in international politics at City University London, discuss the challenges and opportunities of diplomatic engagement with religious communities.

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United Nations’ Valerie Amos on Accountability and Intervention in Humanitarian Work

Speaker: Valerie Amos
Presider: George Rupp

Valerie Amos, undersecretary-general and emergency relief coordinator at the United Nations, joins George Rupp, senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and professor of health, religion, and international affairs at Columbia University, to discuss the realities and challenges of humanitarian work around the world today.

The Sorensen Distinguished Lecture on the United Nations was established in 1996 by Gillian and Theodore C. Sorensen to highlight the United Nations and offer a special occasion for its most distinguished and experienced leaders to speak to the Council on Foreign Relations membership.

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Op-Ed

Match Workers to Jobs

Authors: Edward Alden and Robert Maxim
The Hill

The United States once had the world’s most efficient market for matching willing workers with available jobs. As recently as 2000, scarcely one-in-ten unemployed workers had been out of a job for more than six months, compared with more than half of unemployed workers in the major European nations.

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