Society and Culture

Other Report

South Korean Civil Society: Implications for the U.S.-ROK Alliance

Author: Andrew Yeo

South Korea has long enjoyed a robust civil society that encourages citizen participation in civic groups and social movements. Though it may not effect much change at the policy level, social activism related to the U.S.-ROK alliance provides valuable insight into domestic opinions. In this Working Paper, Andrew Yeo examines how these opinions shape the future partnership of the United States and South Korea.

See more in South Korea; Society and Culture

Op-Ed

What Can We Know About Jesus?

Author: Reza Aslan
Washington Post

Reza Aslan shares an excerpt from his new book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, with the Washington Post.

See more in Religion

Foreign Affairs Article

The Rise of Mexico’s Self-Defense Forces

Authors: Patricio Afura-Heim and Ralph Espach

Across Mexico, the lawlessness and carnage of the drug wars have given rise to scores of local self-defense forces aiming to defend their communities. The federal government may be tempted to disband and disarm these armed vigilantes, but until it can shape up its security sector, the local groups offer an imperfect but acceptable alternative.

See more in Mexico; Homeland Security; Drug Trafficking and Control

Foreign Affairs Article

Lesser Israel

Author: Jeffrey Goldberg

As two new books detail, Israel's ultra-Orthodox community has formed a partisan bloc able to manipulate the country's political system even as it makes little effort to hide its contempt for secular democracy. But it is not too late for Israeli centrists to push back.

See more in Israel; Religion

Op-Ed

Retirement Will Kill You

Author: Peter R. Orszag
Bloomberg.com

Peter Orszag explains that employment, in and of itself, may provide health benefits in the form of decreased rates of depression, increased mobility, and improved life expectancy as compared to those who are unemployed or retired.

See more in United States; Labor; Aging

Primary Sources

U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court: Order Requiring "the Production of Tangible Things" from Verizon, April 2013

The Guardian obtained a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order requiring Verizon to give the National Security Agency "information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the U.S. and between the U.S. and other countries" on an "ongoing, daily basis" from April 25 through July 19, 2013.

See more in United States; Intelligence; Privacy

Primary Sources

Statement by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Recent Unauthorized Disclosures of Classified Information, June 2013

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper released a statement to address the recent "unauthorized disclosure" of a U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order. The document requires Verizon to provide the National Security Agency with detailed telephone call records of millions of U.S.-based customers on a daily basis. In response, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has declassified selected details related to the "business records" provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

See more in United States; Intelligence; Privacy

Must Read

CRS: Government Collection of Private Information: Background and Issues Related to the USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization

Authors: Anna C Henning, Elizabeth B. Bazan, Charles Doyle, and Edward C Liu

This report discusses the history of constitutional interpretations and legislative responses relevant to the collection of private information for criminal investigation, foreign intelligence gathering, and national security purposes. Next, it summarizes the relevant statutory frameworks and changes made by the USA PATRIOT Act and subsequent measures

See more in United States; Intelligence; Privacy

Must Read

CRS: Reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act

Author: Edward C Liu

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) provides a statutory framework by which government agencies may, when gathering foreign intelligence information, obtain authorization to conduct wiretapping or physical searches, utilize pen registers and trap and trace devices, or access specified business records and other tangible things.

See more in United States; Intelligence; Privacy