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Saturday
Feb202010

D3 Weekly Link Roundup

The always informative Eeben Barlow on the difference between parastatal and privatized military companies.


Volunteering in Haiti for Spring Break might not be the great idea you think it is.

 

Peacebuilding versus Al-Qaeda.

 

There was a coup in Niger.  Even so, the Center for Global Development argues against withdrawing development assistance (the U.S. suspended all non-humanitarian aid programs).  

 

Kings of War have a useful rundown on the militarization of foreign policy while Dan Gerstle over at War and Peace covers a UN report criticizing the militarization of aid in Afghanistan.

 

Prism, the journal of the National Defense University’s Center for Complex Operations (read post-conflict stabilization and state-building), releases its second issue (you can download the first one here).

 

Reach 364 (a U.S. Air Force officer studying Arabic in Amman and with a smarter head on his shoulders than your average flyboy) writes a good post over at his Building Peace blog on cross-cultural learning and the dangers of overconfidence when working in foreign countries. 

 

U.S. troop presence dropped below 100K in Iraq this week and thoughts on the drama in Iraq’s upcoming parliamentary elections.

 

Tough times for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (unlike USAID, they focus on middle-income countries). 

 

The World Bank’s Conflict and Development blog has a set of online video interviews with leaders from conflict-affected countries about overcoming conflict, building institutions, confidence building, and the role of the international community can play in addressing these issues.  You view them here and here.

 

Why disaster response will always be insufficient.

 

A great piece by Joshua Foust on why the media can’t get it right in Afghanistan.

 

Saundra over at Good Intentions are Not Enough explains the importance of needs assessments before designing/initiating any assistance programs.

 

USAID and the U.S. military’s SOUTHCOM team up to help with Haiti’s long-term reconstruction.

 

Finally, some cool pictures of goats.  (Hat tip to Chris Blattman).