Socio-Cultural and Political Non-Government Resources

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Logistics Cluster (LC)

The LC was established in 2005, by the international Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), which is meant to ensure coordination among UN and non-UN humanitarian agencies. LC operations include information sharing/coordination as well as sharing and common air, sea and overland transport, storage. The LC features many reports, maps, data sets, and other briefings on its website, all relevant to global logistics contingencies

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  • Logistics Capacity Series: Comprehensive reports of the logistics of one country, including: a) Humanitarian logistics background, b) Infrastructure information (roads, airports, seaports, warehouses, etc), c) Logistics suppliers (transporters, suppliers for generic goods and service providers, etc).
  • Logistics Operational Guide (LOC): To support effective cooperation, coordination and efficient delivery of services, the Global Logistics Cluster Support Cell has developed the LOG. The content covers the main topics of Preparedness, Response, Exit, and Operational Environment; providing information on different types of supply chains; food, non-food, cold chain.
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International Crisis Group (ICG)

ICG is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict. It conducts field research on all areas of current and emerging conflict, producing extended reports, short papers, and briefings on diverse issues of conflict across the globe. Reports and briefings provide recommendations at the policy and implementation level.

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Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)

RFE/RL journalists report the news in 21 countries, in 28 languages, where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established, including Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Russia. RFE/RL journalists and experts are a unique source of information about many of the world's political hotspots.

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The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP)

A non-profit studies and analysis center devoted to examining the Middle east in detail in support of U.S. policy makers and practitioners, WINEP produces publications of various lengths and formats, hosts roundtables and policy forums, and sponsors programs in security, politics, media, counter-radicalization, and other issues of emerging significance in the region.

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United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

USIP is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress. Its goals are to help prevent and resolve violent international conflicts; promote post-conflict stability and development; and increase conflict management capacity, tools, and intellectual capital. It does this through operating on the ground, identifying best practices, providing education and training, and performing ongoing research on global issues.

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Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU)

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is an independent research institute based in Kabul. AREU's mission is to inform and influence policy and practice through conducting high-quality, policy-relevant research.

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Eurasianet (eurasianet.org)

EurasiaNet provides information and analysis about political, economic, environmental and social developments in the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as in Russia, Turkey, and Southwest Asia. Articles, data, interviews, multimedia coverage, blogs, and a Russian Language Service all provides a platform for informed, up-to-date monitoring of news and updates concerning the region.

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Jamestown Foundation (Jamestown.org)

Jamestown works to inform the policy community about trends in societies strategically or tactically important to the United States, which frequently restrict access to such information. Particularly useful are its Eurasia Daily Monitor, Global Terrorism Analysis, China Brief, North Caucasus Analysis, and Militant Leadership Monitor.

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Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)

IWPR's core mission is rooting professional journalism skills deeply within individuals and within societies. In print, radio and TV formats, reports are widely disseminated in the countries concerned, giving local populations, media, NGOs and officials unique access to reliable reporting on vital issues.

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Human Security Report Project (HSRP)

HSRP tracks global and regional trends in organized violence. Research findings and analyses are published in the Human Security Report, Human Security Brief series, and the miniAtlas of Human Security. HSRP also produces a range of online data, research, and news resources covering a broad range of global security issues. HSRP’s Human Security Gateway regroups electronic and bibliographic resources on human security.

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Institute for Human Security (IHS)

La Trobe University’s IHS (Australia) seeks to enhance discussion, research, and concrete policy advice for dissemination in academia, the policy sector and to the general public.  IHS builds on strengths in areas such as international health; food security; new threats to global security; good governance; population movements.

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Sustainable Security (Sustainable Security.org)

Sustainable security focuses on the interconnected, long-term drivers of insecurity, including climate change; competition over resources; socio-economic divisions and the political, economic and cultural marginalization; the increased use of military force as a security measure and the further spread of military technologies.

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The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

PRIO conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people.  The PRIO Journals Security Dialogue, Journal of Peace Research and Journal of Military Ethics, as well as PRIO Working Groups, provide a wealth of resources and understanding of the human, environmental, and global drivers of conflict as they play out in local areas.

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Refugees International (RI)

Raises awareness of refugee issues, both within states and across borders.  Advocates for attention to and resolution of refugee issues globally.  

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Regional Geography.org (GeogBlog)

A continuously updated website with a wealth of articles, data, and opinions on travel, landscape, culture, education, population trends, and globalization, in addition to economic, historical, physical geography. 

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Pew Research Center (Pew)

The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. Its Global Attitudes Project, Social and Demographic Trends Project, and Forum on Religion and Public Life are particularly useful to learning about foreign societies.

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