FAS Roundup: June 28, 2016

Hans Kristensen Granted SIPRI Fellowship

Hans M. Kristensen, Director of the FAS Nuclear Information Project, has been appointed as an Associate Senior Fellow of SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute). Kristensen has been co-authoring the World Nuclear Forces overview in the SIPRI Yearbook since 2001 and the fellowship formalizes this long-term relationship. The SIPRI Yearbook is one of the world’s most widely used references for factual information on nuclear arsenals, arms control, arms trade, and military spending, and is translated into Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and Spanish. Kristensen will continue as a full-time employee with FAS where he has been directing the Nuclear Information Project since 2005.

From the Blogs

Foreign Aid: An Introduction, and More from CRS: U.S. aid to foreign countries and populations takes many forms in support of a range of objectives, from strategic to humanitarian. A newly updated report from the Congressional Research Service illuminates the structure of U.S. foreign aid, and traces the evolution of U.S. spending abroad.

2017 Intelligence Bill Would Constrain Privacy Board: The jurisdiction of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) would be restricted for the second year in a row by the Senate Intelligence Committee version of the FY2017 Intelligence Authorization Act (S.3017). Section 603 of the Act would specifically limit the scope of PCLOB’s attention to the privacy and civil liberties “of United States persons.”

Growing District Court Vacancies, and More from CRS: The number of vacancies in U.S. district courts around the country increased by a hefty 71% from the beginning of the Obama Administration (when there were 41 vacancies) until June 1 of the Administration’s eighth year (when there were 70 vacancies), according to a new analysis from the Congressional Research Service.

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