Comprehensive Crisis Management Resources
- Organizations and Resources focused on Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance
- Resources related to Japan Disaster 2011
- Resources related to Chile earthquake 2010
- Resources related to Haiti earthquake 2010
- Resources related to Tsunamis in Hawaii
- Resources related to Timor-Leste
Books related to CCM issues can be found in the Library CCM collection.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Search: “Publications by Topic”.
Center for Post-Conflict Peace & Stability Operations.
These Centers are within USIP. The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress. Its goals are to help: Prevent and resolve violent international conflicts; Promote post-conflict stability and development; Increase conflict management capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide. The Institute does this by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources, as well as by directly engaging in peacebuilding efforts around the globe.
Center for Strategic & International Studies.
A bipartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, CSIS conducts research and analysis and develops policy initiatives that look into the future and anticipate change.
Search for publications at: http://www.csis.org
Combined Arms Research Library Digital Library.
Select: “Stability Operations & Support Operations”
Department of International Development (UK)
The Department for International Development (DFID) is the part of the UK government that manages Britain’s aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty. We are led by a cabinet minister, one of the senior ministers in the government.
Freedom House is widely recognized as the definitive source of information on the state of freedom around the globe. Freedom House’s four annual surveys, Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Nations in Transit, and Countries at the Crossroads special reports. are available in their entirety on the Internet, along with numerous Note Countries at the Crossroads is an annual survey of government performance in 60 strategically important countries worldwide that are at a critical crossroads in determining their political future. The in-depth comparative analyses and quantitative ratings – examining government accountability, civil liberties, rule of law, anticorruption efforts and transparency – are intended to help international policymakers identify areas of progress, as well as to highlight areas of concern that could be addressed in diplomatic efforts and reform assistance.
Fund for Peace 2010 Sixth Annual Failed States Index
This year’s index draws on 90,000 publicly available sources to analyze 177 countries and rate them on 12 metrics of state decay — from refugee flows to economic implosion, human rights violations to security threats. Taken together, a country’s performance on this battery of indicators tells us how stable — or unstable — it is. And unfortunately for many of the 60 most troubled, the news from 2009 is grave.
International Conflict Resolution: Information Sources
Columbia University Libraries provides a selective guide to library materials and Internet resources on international conflict resolution, disarmament, arms control, and peacekeeping.
International Recovery Platform
The International Recovery Platform (IRP) was conceived at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan in January 2005. As a thematic platform of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) system, IRP is a key pillar for the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters, a global plan for disaster risk reduction for the decade adopted by 168 governments at the WCDR. The key role of IRP is to identify gaps and constraints experienced in post disaster recovery and to serve as a catalyst for the development of tools, resources, and capacity for resilient recovery. IRP aims to be an international source of knowledge on good recovery practice.
International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG)
A network of disaster-prone and disaster-responding countries and organizations dedicated to urban search and rescue (USAR) and operational field coordination. Part of OCHA, INSARAG is mandated to: Render emergency preparedness and response activities more effective and thereby save more lives, reduce suffering and minimize adverse consequences. Improve efficiency in cooperation among international USAR teams working in collapsed structures at a disaster site. Promote activities designed to improve search-and-rescue preparedness in disaster-prone countries, thereby prioritizing developing countries.Develop internationally accepted procedures and systems for sustained cooperation between national USAR teams operating on the international scene. Develop USAR procedures, guidelines and best practices, and strengthen cooperation between interested organizations during the emergency relief phase.
International Tsunami Training Institute Archive
NOAA Tsunami preparedness training material
-The OECD DAC Handbook on SSR: Supporting Security and Justice
Contains valuable tools to help encourage a dialogue on security and justice issues and to support an SSR process through the assessment, design and implementation phases. It also provides new guidance on monitoring, review and evaluation of SSR programmes, and highlights how to ensure greater coherence across the different actors and departments engaged in SSR.
The Fragile States Group
FSG is a unique forum that brings together experts on governance, conflict prevention and reconstruction from bilateral and multilateral development co-operation agencies to facilitate co-ordination and share good practice to enhance development effectiveness in ‘fragile states’.
Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States
Development Ministers and Heads of Agencies endorsed the Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States at the High Level Meeting of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) on 3-4 April 2007 in Paris. This endorsement signals a commitment to adapt our approach, policies and business practices to improve our engagement in fragile states. The DAC Fragile States Group will support implementation of the Principles, already piloted in nine countries, in all fragile states and at donors’ headquarters.
International Peace Institute (formerly “International Peace Academy”)|
IPI is an independent, international institution dedicated to promoting the prevention and settlement of armed conflicts between and within states through policy research and development.
Search reports at: http://www.ipacademy.org/Publications/Publications.htm
Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College.
Search Pubs & Papers (type in subject)
Search for publications at: http://www.un.org
reegle Clean Energy database
The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) is a Public-Private Partnership launched at the Johannesburg World Summit in 2002. The REEEP aims to accelerate the global marketplace for energy effiency and renewable energy by actively facilitating financing mechanisms for sustainable energy projects and structuring policy initiatives for clean energy markets on the ground.
Sustainable Urban Energy (UN). A Sourcebook for Asia
This publication is a training companion developed originally for training courses at the International Urban Training Centre in the Republic of Korea. This Sourcebook addresses sustainable urban energy solutions from a system’s perspective, as a three-step process – energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy.
FAO Supporting Programmes for Food Security
Food Security Aid Map
With Food Security Aid Map, InterAction aims to dramatically increase transparency, facilitate partnerships, and improve coordination among those working to reduce hunger and increase access to enough, safe and nutritious food. Using data compiled by InterAction members, this site will also help NGOs, donors and the public make more informed decisions about where to direct their resources.
Global Food Security Index
The Global Food Security Index developed by EIU and DuPont Corp. considers the core issues of affordability, availability, and quality across a set of 105 countries. The index is a dynamic quantitative and qualitative scoring model, constructed from 25 unique indicators, that measures these drivers of food security across both developing and developed countries. View the methodology and sources used for this index. The interactive chart visualizes the overview findings of the index. Use your mouse to explore the index to get deeper information. You can also view the index for individual countries.
Other Internet Resources
Biomedical Literature Resources for Countries outside of the U.S. April 2010
Access to biomedical literature in time of medical crisis can be challenging to countries without robust library systems. The National Institutes of Health has complied a list of sources that provide free or low cost access to biomedical literature for underdeveloped or developing countries.
Building on Brahimi: Peacekeeping in an era of strategic uncertainty. April 2009
Bruce Jones, Richard Gowan, Jake Sherman. Center for International Cooperation
The politics of peacekeeping: crisis and opportunity. United Nations peace operations face an extended and dangerous period of strategic uncertainty. A series of setbacks have coincided with military overstretch and the financial crisis, raising the risk that UN peacekeeping may contract, despite high demand. Much would be lost if it did.
Combating Serious Crimes in Post-Conflict Societies: A handbook for policymakers and practioners
This path-breaking volume fills a major gap in the literature on efforts to rebuild societies emerging from conflict. Drawing on firsthand experience in tackling organized and other destabilizing crime in Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere, it distills that practical, hard-won knowledge into lessons and guidance for policymakers and practitioners who must face similar challenges. No similar work exists anywhere.
Conflict Prevention – A Strategic Framework This strategic framework, one in a series of peacebuilding frameworks being developed by USIP, provides a sophisticated, but easily understandable way of conceptualizing conflict prevention. The framework is organized around a desired end state of “stable peace.” The core of the framework is found in the leadership responsibilities and key objectives. The key objectives are divided into three broad, potentially complementary preventive strategies—mitigate global risks, mitigate societal risks, halt and reverse escalation—and a series of objectives under each. The framework is designed to be useful to a wide range of conflict prevention practitioners—from policymakers to local field workers.
Cross-Strait Security Initiative 08/2009
The purpose of this (CSIS) project is to serve as a repository for material to aid specialists and laymen alike in better understanding the many complexities and nuances of cross-Strait affairs.
Equipping USAID for Success. 07/2009
“Equipping USAID for Success” contains an analysis of overall development funding from the U.S. Government, and its distribution across agencies compared to their abilities and execution.
The Evolving Global Environment of Crisis and Crisis Response (2009)
Feinstein International Center
This program emerged from our previous work on ‘Humanitarian Agenda 2015,’ the ‘Ambiguity and Change’ project, and the earlier work of the ‘Humanitarianism and War’ project. These projects sought to understand local perceptions of international processes, global drivers of crisis, and the relationship between international institutions (such as armed forces and humanitarian actors) and crisis-affected populations. The five projects included in our plan for 2009-2011 continue with these basic themes, but further develop our depth of knowledge in these areas. We will then use this knowledge to inform the debate around the future of humanitarian aid in crisis and also to better inform the actions of aid agencies, military forces, and the corporate sector. The five projects in this program are summarized below:
Preparing for Humanitarian Crises of the Future
The Humanitarian Agenda 2015
“Winning Hearts and Minds?” Understanding the Relationship between Aid and Security
Humanitarianism and Corporate Social Responsibility
Crisis and Social Transformation in Nepal
Index of State Weakness in the Developing World
Susan E. Rice and Stewart Patrick, The Brookings Institution and Center for Global Development, 2008
This paper presents the Index of State Weakness in the Developing World (hereafter, the Index), which ranks all 141 developing countries according to their relative performance in four critical spheres: economic, political, security, and social welfare.6 We define weak states as countries that lack the essential capacity and/or will to fulfill four sets of critical government responsibilities: fostering an environment conducive to sustainable and equitable economic growth; establishing and maintaining legitimate, transparent, and accountable political institutions; securing their populations from violent conflict and controlling their territory; and meeting the basic human needs of their population.
Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq
Department of Defense. Quarterly Reports.
New State Department Releases on the “Future of Iraq” Project
Department of State. New documents provide details on budgets, interagency coordination and working group progress. Posting Includes State’s 13-Volume Study Previously Released Under FOIA.
Reuters Foundation Alertnet
News alert service covering global humanitarian crisis events. Searchable by region, crisis type or general topic.
Securing Health: Lessons From Nation-Building Missions.
Seth G. Jones. 2006.
Transforming for Stabilization and Reconstruction Operations. Edited by Hans Binnendijk and Stuart Johnson.
USIP Resources and Tools
USIP regularly publishes an array of comprehensive analysis and policy recommendations on current international affairs issues, especially on the prevention and resolution of conflict. USIP resources also include practical tools, training and courses for conflict resolution and peacebuilding.