Author: Courtney Hawley

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National Preparedness Report: December 2021

The December 2021 National Preparedness report (2021 NPR), issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), outlines the progress made in identifying and responding to “threats, hazards, and incidents that pose the greatest risk to the Nation.” For this report, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) used the events of...

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Countering DoD Extremist Activity

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) recently issued a report on the subject of extremist activity within the United States military. Over the past 50 years, DoD has issued, updated, and clarified the policies regarding extremist activity. This report provides information on the measures DoD has taken to “detect,...

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The Conspiracy Consortium: COVID-19 and Right-Wing Extremism

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), founded in 2006, investigates and responds to the rise of polarization and extremism around the world. This paper focuses on the development of conspiracy theories, misinformation, and the resulting violent consequences of these threats, with concentrated focus on the role that right-wing extremism plays...

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Improving Pandemic Response: Year-End Staff Report

The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis was established by the U.S. House of Representatives on April 23, 2020. This committee investigates the effectiveness of the coronavirus 2019 pandemic response in the United States. This report outlines the subcommittee’s findings over the course of the year 2021. …the Select Subcommittee...

Assessing Racial Equity in Disaster Management

RAND Corporation performed a literature review and exploratory study on racial equity, and how disasters can magnify the challenges already present for diverse community members. According to the report, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made an effort to address racial inequity...

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Women Peace and Security Index 2021/22

“This third edition of the global Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Index provides important insights into patterns and progress on women’s status and empowerment around the world. It reflects a shared vision that countries are more peaceful and prosperous when women are accorded full and equal rights and opportunities.” This...

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Updated Assessment on COVID-19 Origins

The President of the United States has requested that the Intelligence Community (IC) update their “previous judgments” on the origins of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. According to this assessment, “All agencies assess that two hypotheses are plausible: natural exposure to an infected animal and a laboratory-associated incident.” The IC states...