Governance and Social Development Resource Centre Document Library

The Governance and Social Development Resource Centre has put together a nice document library of citations and summaries of book chapters, reports, and journal articles arranged by keyword and by country. Links are provided to documents that are freely available on the Web. This site will help make up for the recent demise of the Intute portal.

From the Web site’s description:

“The document library is an up to date collection of the most credible publications available on governance, conflict and social development issues. It includes brief, policy-oriented summaries of each document highlighting the major findings and implications in an easy to read format, plus links to the full text online or by document delivery.

We monitor a wide range of publication sources weekly, including donors, NGOs and research institutes. Materials are carefully selected by our researchers to ensure that they are relevant to our topic area, demonstrate good practice or significant insight and represent a range of perspectives. Only the most credible and policy-relevant research, toolkits, analyses and case studies are included.”

Governance and Social Development Resource Centre Document Library
http://www.gsdrc.org/go/document-library

Diplomat’s Handbook for Democracy Development Support

Diplomat’s Handbook for Democracy Development Support 2nd ed.

http://diplomatshandbook.org/_resource.html

http://diplomatshandbook.org/pdf/Diplomats_Handbook.pdf

Table of Contents

Preface by President Vaclav Havel

Ministers’ ForewordChapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The International Context

Chapter 3: The Diplomat’s Toolbox

Chapter 4: Conclusions

CASE STUDIES:

Cuban Exceptionalism

Egypt: Will Democracy Succeed the Pharaoh

China’s Fifth Modernization: the Enduring Hope for Democratic Governance

South Africa: “The Long Road to Freedom”

From Independence to Real Democracy – Ukraine’s Orange Revolution

The Fall and Rise of Chilean Democracy: 1973-1989

Belarus: Europe’s Last Dictator?

The Suffering of Burma/Myanmar

Zimbabwe: From Hope to Crisis

Tanzania’s Road to Multi-Party Democracy: Focus on a Single Mission’s Efforts

Found online at http://www.diplomatshandbook.org/Tanzania

Sierra Leone: Belated International Engagement Ends a War, Helps Consolidate a Fragile Democracy. Found online at http://www.diplomatshandbook.org/SierraLeone

Resource List: Donor Organizations, Other Democracy Support Organizations and Election Assistance and Observation Organizations

Annex: International Human Rights Law

From the description:

The Diplomat’s Handbook is a project commissioned by the Community of Democracies, and produced by the Council for a Community of Democracies (CCD). The First Edition was produced with the financial support of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, Freedom House, the Princeton Project on National Security, the US Department of State, the Governments of Chile, India, and Morocco, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Government of Canada.

The Handbook project was conceived by Ambassador Mark Palmer. Preparation of the Handbook has been a partnership between Project Head, Ambassador Jeremy Kinsman (jeremykinsman@diplomatshandbook.org), who has been principally responsible for the text of the Handbook itself, and the Director of Research, Kurt Bassuener (kurtbassuener@diplomatshandbook.org), who has been principally responsible for producing the Handbook’s case studies

The text which follows and the case studies benefit from the generous contributions and advice of many former and current diplomatic practitioners, scholars, members of policy centers and nongovernmental organizations, and development experts. The case study on China was drafted by Chantal Meagher, the case study on Cuba by Jeremy Kinsman, and the case study on Egypt by a variety of experts, including Stephen McInerney, Moataz El Fegiery, Michele Dunne and Issandr El Amrani. The Belarus and Ukraine case study updates were undertaken with the assistance of Iryna Chupryna of the Democratization Policy Council.

 

 

Draft Palestinian Legislation found in Al Jazeera’s Leaked Documents

I have located two draft pieces of Palestinian legislation in  Al Jazeera’s Palestinian Papers Web site.  There may be others, but I have not found an efficient way to search the corpus of documents. Al Jazeera has not named their source, so authenticity cannot be verified.

http://english.aljazeera.net/palestinepapers/

1. Draft of Palestinian Police Law (2005)

Text is in Arabic.

http://transparency.aljazeera.net/en/document/287

Summary from Al Jazeera

This is a draft regarding guidelines that govern the Palestinian police which was sent from office of Mahmoud Abbas to the head of the security committee.

2. Draft of National Intelligence Law (2005)

http://transparency.aljazeera.net/en/document/286

Summary from Al Jazeera:

Draft law regulating the General Intelligence body; the document is addressed to the head of the security and internal affairs committees, and the head of the legal committee, asking them to get the draft ready as soon as possible and put it to the legislative council.

Report: Prospects for Iran

Prospects for Iran

Jonathan  S. Paris

London: Legatum Institute (UK), 2011

http://www.li.com/attachments/20110116%20-%20Legatum%20Institute%20-%20Prospects%20for%20Iran.pdf

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Domestic Considerations

Chapter 2: Nuclear File

Chapter 3: Regional Snapshots

About the author:

Jonathan S. Paris is a London-based security specialist and Non-resident Senior Fellow with

the Atlantic Council of the United States South Asia Center. He is also an Adjunct Fellow at

the Legatum Institute and an Associate Fellow with the International Centre for the Study of

Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College London. In 2010, he authored the Legatum Institute’s

Prospects for Pakistan Report.

 

Before moving to London in 2001, he was a Middle East Fellow at the Council on

Foreign Relations in New York from 1995-2000, where he worked on the four MENA

Economic Summits and the Middle East peace process, and was deputy to Paul A. Volcker,

former Federal Reserve Bank Chairman, at the Council’s Middle East Economic Strategy

Group. Jonathan also co-edited the first book on Indonesia’s democratic transition, The

Politics of Post-Suharto Indonesia (Brookings/CFR 1999). A Senior Associate Member at St.

Antony’s College, Oxford from 2004-2005, he is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford

Law School.

 

Talk by Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donohoe at SLS

Eileen Chamberlain Donohoe, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council, spoke this afternoon at Stanford Law School. She articulated five goals for the U.S.  in the upcoming years at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

1. Improve the Council’s ability to respond in real time to human rights emergencies, including taking preventative measures.

2. Support victims of human rights abuses.

3. Promote a more diverse mix of issues that are addressed by the Council.

4. Lower resistance to investigations of violations committed by individual countries.

5. Promote human rights defenders in all jurisdictions.

 

U.S. Government Blogs Organized by Subject

USA.gov, which provides official information and services from the United States Government, has recently organized federal government blogs by subject.

Under the current organization there are 11 categories:

  1. Business and Economics Blogs: Small business owners, economics news…
  2. Defense and International Relations Blogs: Military, foreign policy, veterans…
  3. Environment, Energy, and Agriculture Blogs: Agriculture, environmental protection, saving energy…
  4. Family, Home, and Community Blogs: Human services, community development, middle class…
  5. Health and Nutrition Blogs: Medicine, public health…
  6. History, Arts, and Culture Blogs: Museums, libraries…
  7. Jobs, Education, and Volunteerism Blogs: Volunteering, employment…
  8. Public Safety and Law Blogs: Security, law enforcement, disasters, emergencies…
  9. Reference and General Government Blogs: Grants, White House…
  10. Science and Technology Blogs: Information technology, Internet security…
  11. Travel and Recreation Blogs: Transportation, parks…

Hat tip to: ResourceShelf.