Worth a Look: Books on Governance & Resilience

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Forthcoming 14 May 2014. Resilience has become a central concept in government policy understandings over the last decade. In our complex, global and interconnected world, resilience appears to be the policy ‘buzzword’ of choice, alleged to be the solution to a wide and ever-growing range of policy issues. This book analyses the key aspects of resilience-thinking and highlights how resilience impacts upon traditional conceptions of governance. This concise and accessible book investigates how resilience-thinking adds new insights into how politics (both domestically and internationally) is understood to work and how problems are perceived and addressed; from educational training in schools to global ethics and from responses to shock events and natural disasters to long-term international policies to promote peace and development. This book also raises searching questions about how resilience-thinking influences the types of knowledge and understanding we value and challenges traditional conceptions of social and political processes.

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2013 Diploma Thesis from the year 2011 in the subject Politics – International Politics – Environmental Policy, grade: 1,3, University of Potsdam (Chair of International Poilitics), language: English, abstract: The prospects that global climate change will have adverse effects on human societies opened up a discourse about how adaptation should be managed. In order to finance adap-tation measures, the parties of the Kyoto Protocol recently established the Adaptation Fund in 2007. In view of the limited resources that are available for adaptation, scales for the prioritization of countries according to their suspected vulnerability have been developed in the literature. Indicators of vulnerability highlighted within this literature, only reflect the indicators of human development and therefore fail to capture the complex structures of vulnerability. The collective learning approach assumes that vulnerability can be significantly decreased when governance systems adapt to external changes through collective learning processes. The present thesis connects to this notion and therefore assesses the influence of collective learning processes on the vulnerability of the Bangladeshi and Pakistani society towards flood hazards. It does so in order to find a determinant of vulnerability that is able to capture its complexity. Following a case study comparison that is based on a systematic research on primary and secondary literature this study reconfirms that vulnerability can substantially be decreased in the presence of collective learning processes.

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Marcus Aurelius: Australian Army Reading Essays & Lists

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

PDF (132 Pages): Australian Army Reading

Phi Beta Iota: The primary problem we have with such lists is that they short-change intelligence with integrity. Still today intelligence is a tiny fraction of the course of instruction at any Command & Staff or War College.  War — and the cost of war — are not understood by our own officers, or they would demand ethical intelligent whole of government strategy, policy, acquisition, and operations.

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Worth a Look: Book Reviews on Religion & the Politics of Religion

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This is a NEW list selected from this Category: Religion & Politics of Religion (131). Books rated at 6 Stars are in bold.

Guest Reviews

Review (Guest): Animal Farm–An American Story (George Orwell)

Review (Guest): A Tactical Ethic–Moral Conduct in the Insurgent Battlespace (Dick Couch)

Review (Guest): Buddhism without Beliefs (Craig K. Comstock)

Review (Guest): Deadly Embrace–Pakistan, America and the Future of Global Jihad (Bruce Riedel)

Review (Guest): Evolutionaries – Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science’s Greatest Idea (Carter Phipps)

Review (Guest): Gandhi and the Unspeakable (James W. Douglass)

Review (Guest): Idiot America — How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free (Charles Pierce)

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Books By and With Robert Steele

Books by Robert Steele

First link is at Amazon; second link is free online.

De Jong, Ben, Weiss Platje and Robert David Steele (eds.) (2003). PEACEKEEPING INTELLIGENCE: Emerging Concepts for the Future. Oakton, VA: OSS International Press.

PEACEKEEPING INTELLIGENCE__web PDF (546 pages)

Steele, Robert David (2000). ON INTELLIGENCE: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World. Fairfax, VA: Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.

ON INTELLIGENCE__web PDF (520 pages)

Steele, Robert David (2002). THE NEW CRAFT OF INTELLIGENCE: Personal, Public, & Political. Oakton, VA: OSS International Press.

NEW CRAFT OF INTELLIGENCE__web PDF (460 pages)

Steele, Robert David (2006). INFORMATION OPERATIONS: All Information in All Languages All the Time. Oakton, VA: OSS International Press.

INFORMATION OPERATIONS__web PDF (384 pages)

Steele, Robert David (2006). THE SMART NATION ACT: Public Intelligence in the Public Interest. Oakton, VA: OSS International Press.

THE SMART NATION ACT__web PDF (270 pages)

Steele, Robert David (2008). ELECTION 2008: Lipstick on the Pig. Oakton, VA: Earth Intelligence Network.

ELECTION 2008__web docs (200 pages)

Steele, Robert David (2010). INTELLIGENCE FOR EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity & Sustainability. Oakton, VA: Earth Intelligence Network.

INTELLIGENCE for EARTH__web PDF (300 pages)

Steele, Robert David (2012). THE OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING MANIFESTO: Transparency, Truth & Trust. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books/Evolver Editions.

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Tovey, Mark (ed.) (2008). COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace. Oakton, VA: Earth Intelligence Network.

COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE__web PDF (648 pages)