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European military prospects, economic constraints, and the rapid reaction force by Charles Wolf( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"His report analyzes the recent record of economic growth, military spending, and military investments in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and Italy. The analysis provides a basis for estimating these countries' capacity to generate sufficient resources to enhance the military capabilities sought for the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) and its instrument, the Rapid Reaction Force (RRF). The study uses economic and military trends in these four countries over the 1985-1999 period to make corresponding forecasts for 2001 to 2010. It then compares these estimates with four independently derived estimates of the investment costs of the proposed ESDP/RRF force. The study formulates several options that would enable these countries, in conjunction with other non-NATO members of the European Union, to finance the investment costs associated with the ESDP/RRF. The authors conclude that the European Union, while it has the economic capacity to finance these costs, albeit with some delay in the original timetable, is less likely to acquire genuinely enhanced capabilities for the ESDP force than to continue to produce descriptive rhetoric about it."--Rand abstracts
Coping with a nuclearizing Iran by James Dobbins( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is not inevitable that Iran will acquire nuclear weapons or even that it will gain the capacity to quickly produce them. U.S. and even Israeli analysts continually push their estimates for such an event further into the future. Nevertheless, absent a change in Iranian policy, it is reasonable to assume that, some time in the coming decade, Iran will acquire such a capability. Most recent scholarly studies have also focused on how to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Other, less voluminous writing looks at what to do after Iran becomes a nuclear power. What has so far been lacking is a policy framework for dealing with Iran before, after, and, indeed, during its crossing of the nuclear threshold. This monograph attempts to fill that gap by providing a midterm strategy for dealing with Iran that neither begins nor ends at the point at which Tehran acquires a nuclear weapon capability. It proposes an approach that neither acquiesces to a nuclear-armed Iran nor refuses to admit the possibility -- indeed, the likelihood -- of this occurring."--Publisher's website
Making sense of charter schools : evidence from California by Ron W Zimmer( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The debate over charter schools often appears to be driven by theory and ideology, with little information on how the reform itself is affecting students. This occasional paper adds clarity to the debate by consolidating the results from the RAND Corporation₂s comprehensive assessment of charter schools. A key feature of this assessment has been the use of individual student-level data to track students from school to school over time and to measure their test scores in traditional and charter schools. The analysis dispels many of the arguments from charter proponents or critics. The results show that test scores for charter school students are keeping pace with comparable students in traditional public schools. Similarly, minority students are performing no better in charter than in traditional classrooms, so charters are not affecting the achievement gap for these students. Charter proponents have also expected that competition from charters would improve the performance of traditional public schools, but the evidence does not support this contention. On a more positive note, charter schools have achieved comparable test score results with fewer public resources and have emphasized non-core subjects more than have traditional schools. In addition, the evidence shows that charter schools have not created ₃white enclaves₄ or ₃skimmed₄ high-quality students from traditional public schools, as critics feared. Finally, we discovered that school level operations varied considerably between charter and traditional schools, but these operational differences had little effect on student achievement
Rolling back the Islamic State by Seth G Jones( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Islamic State is a byproduct of the 2003 American intervention in Iraq and the subsequent American departure in 2011. At its peak in late 2014, the group held more than 100,000 square kilometers of territory with a population of nearly 12 million, mostly in Iraq and Syria. Beginning in 2015, the Islamic State began to lose territory as it faced increasingly effective resistance. Still, the Islamic State continues to conduct and inspire attacks around the world. This report assesses the threat the Islamic State poses to the United States and examines four possible strategies to counter the group: disengagement, containment, rollback 'light' (with a reliance on local forces backed by U.S. special operations forces, Central Intelligence Agency and other intelligence assets, and airpower), and rollback 'heavy' (adding the employment of American conventional forces in ground combat). The authors conclude that the United States should pursue a light rollback strategy. They also recommend additional steps, such as rebalancing counterterrorism efforts to address grievances, loosening restrictions on U.S. military operations, increasing U.S. military posture in Africa, and tightening restrictions in the Islamic State's internet access"--Publisher's web site
A question of balance : political context and military aspects of the China-Taiwan dispute by David A Shlapak( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evaluates key aspects of the China-Taiwan military balance, including: how are the political dynamics of the cross-strait relationship changing, and how could those changes affect perceptions of the military balance? How effective might China's growing force of short-range ballistic missiles be in attacking key military targets on Taiwan, such as air bases? How have changes in Chinese military capabilities changed the likely outcome of a possible contest for air superiority over the strait and Taiwan itself? How can Taiwan be successfully defended against a Chinese invasion attempt?
Achievement and attainment in Chicago charter schools( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the past decade, charter schools have been among the fastest-growing segments of the K-12 education sector in Chicago and across the country. This report addresses several key issues related to charter schools using student-level data provided by Chicago Public Schools. Students leaving traditional public schools for charter schools in Chicago tend to look much like the peers they left behind, in both demographic characteristics and student achievement. Transfers to charter schools tend to slightly reduce racial stratification across the schools. Achievement trajectories suggest that, on average, charter schools' performance in raising student achievement is approximately on par with traditional public schools -- except that charter schools do not do well in raising student achievement in their first year of operation. Chicago's charter high schools may produce substantial positive effects on ACT scores, the probability of graduating, and the probability of enrolling in college -- but these positive effects are solidly evident only in the multi-grade charter high schools (those that include middle-school grades). The large, positive attainment results in Chicago suggest remarkable promise for (at least) multi-grade charter high schools and demonstrate that evaluations limited to test scores may fail to capture important benefits of charter schools. If charter schools (or other multi-grade high schools) have positive effects on graduation and college entry, they may make a substantial, long-term difference in the life prospects of their students
Educating leaders in an age of uncertainty : the future of military war colleges( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bâtir un État Haïtien plus résistant( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in French and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'espoir d'un avenir plus prospère et plus pacifique pour le peuple haïtien réside dans la construction d'un État plus efficace et résilient. Les institutions haïtiennes sont minées par des faiblesses endémiques dans les domaines des ressources humaines, organisationnel, des procédures et des politiques publiques. La construction étatique devrait figurer au premier plan des efforts de redressement après le séisme de janvier 2010. Il est relativement aisé de dresser des listes de mesures requises pour remédier aux faiblesses de l'État, mais il l'est moins de formuler des stratégies destinées à lutter contre ces faiblesses et il est encore plus difficile de les mettre en æuvre. Ce rapport appuie le développement d'une stratégie de construction de l'État en Haïti en identifiant les principaux obstacles à une gouvernance efficace et en évaluant des projets existants, pour renforcer les institutions publiques et améliorer la fourniture de services publics, ainsi qu'en proposant un ensemble restreint d'actions critiques réalistes et soigneusement définies. Les priorités recommandées dans les domaines de l'administration publique, de la justice, de la sécurité, de la politique économique, des infrastructures, de l'éducation et de la santé requièrent la plus grande attention de la part des autorités haïtiennes et des donateurs internationaux, tant en ce qui concerne l'élaboration des politiques publiques que les engagements financiers
Modernizing the North Korean system : objectives, method, and application by Charles Wolf( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In seeking a modernized North Korea, the focus should be on stimulating a gradual modernization of the North Korean system rather than removing the regime. With this tenet in mind, six institutions in five countries that have key interests in North Korea's future undertook a collaborative effort to determine ways in which the North Korean system could move toward modernization over the medium to long term. This endeavor can be viewed as "participatory systems analysis" in that the participants, in analyzing the North Korean system and how to motivate its modernization, fused their sometimes divergent but often overlapping and reconcilable perspectives on that system. The project first produced policy instruments that can contribute to the system's modernization and provide a basis for concerted, collaborative efforts to stimulate peaceful change in North Korea. These instruments were then integrated into alternative operational plans, or "portfolios, " and evaluated in terms of how each member of the Six-Party Talks would respond to their components, spawning one "consensus plan" that all of the research partners deemed likely to garner buy-in from their five countries. In addition, several potential intermediaries -- i.e., those that could help convey the project findings to one or more levels of the North Korean structure -- were identified. The results of this project consist of illustrative plans, the consensus plan, and a tool kit that can be used by entities in North Korea or elsewhere to construct plans for stimulating modernization of the North Korean system
Taiwan's foreign and defense policies : features and determinants by Michael D Swaine( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taiwan's foreign and defense policies have evolved greatly since the days of Chiang Kai-Shek. Its leaders have created a government based on popular sovereignty rather than Chinese nationalism; adopted pragmatic and creative approaches to expanding its international presence; and sought to make itself safe from attack or coercion by Mainland China through acquiring modern weapons, building a more efficient military, and developing closer military and political ties with the United States. China, in turn, has adopted a complex strategy of pressures and enticements to arrest Taiwan's moves toward greater independence. The United States and Japan also wield substantial influence over Taiwan's foreign and defense policies, but U.S. influence is clearly the dominant influence on Taiwan's decisions about theater ballistic missile defenses--providing information and advice that will strongly shape the course of Taiwan's planning, procurement, and deployment. The authors conclude that the United States should continue to maintain a public allegiance to the "One China" concept, combined with a posture of public ambiguity regarding the level of the U.S. defense commitment. Privately, the United States should make it clear to Beijing that it will respond militarily to a Chinese attack on Taiwan, and should state to Taipei that it will prevent a unilateral attempt to gain independence
Preparing for the possibility of a North Korean collapse by Bruce W Bennett( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A North Korean government collapse would have serious consequences in North Korea and beyond. At the very least, a collapse would reduce the already scarce food and essential goods available to the population, in part due to hoarding and increasing costs. This could lead to a humanitarian disaster. Factions emerging after a collapse could plunge the country into civil war that spills over into neighboring countries. Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) could be used and even proliferated. This report examines ways of controlling and mitigating the consequences, recognizing that the Republic of Korea (ROK) and its U.S. ally will almost certainly need to intervene militarily in the North, likely seeking Korean unification as the ultimate outcome. But such an intervention requires serious preparation. North Koreans must be convinced that they will be treated well and could actually have better lives after unification. The allies need to prepare to deliver humanitarian aid in the North, stop conflict, demilitarize the North Korean military and security services over time, and secure and eventually eliminate North Korean WMD. Potential Chinese intervention must be addressed, ideally leading to cooperation with ROK and U.S. forces. Plans are needed for liberating North Korean political prisons before the guards execute the prisoners. Property rights need to be addressed. The ROK must sustain its military capabilities despite major reductions in force size due to very low birthrates. And ROK reluctance to broadly address North Korean collapse must be overcome so that plans in these areas can move forward
Police enforcement strategies to prevent crime in hot spot areas by Anthony Allan Braga( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Campbell Collaboration Crime and Justice Group ( is an international network of researchers that prepares, updates, and rapidly disseminates systematic reviews of high-quality research conducted worldwide on effective methods to reduce crime and delinquency and improve the quality of justice.--inside cover
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European military prospects, economic constraints, and the rapid reaction force
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A question of balance : political context and military aspects of the China-Taiwan disputeModernizing the North Korean system : objectives, method, and application