Author: Emily Christian

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). Especially as the United States continues to respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Ready Campaign’s goal of promoting family and community disaster planning is especially important this year.   The theme of National Preparedness Month 2020 is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”...

Overview of Global Terrorism in 2019

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland released the latest Global Terrorism Overview: Terrorism in 2019 report in July.    According to the report, 2019 which saw nearly 8,500 attacks that killed more than 20,300 people, was the 5th consecutive year of declining global terrorism, since the peak in...

Public Safety, Integrity, and Preparedness: Attitudes on Voting in 2020

In an effort to explore how the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis will impact the 2020 presidential elections RAND Corporation has released a new report Attitudes on Voting in 2020: Preparing for Elections During a Pandemic.   The report is based on analysis of nearly 2,400 survey participants who shared their expectations for public...

Use of Biometric Data to Identify Terrorists: Best Practice or Risky Business?

The Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota has released Use of Biometric Data to Identify Terrorists: Best Practice or Risky Business? a report which explores the human rights implications of biometric technologies used in a counterterrorism context.  The report begins with an explanation of biometrics, and the ways in which they...

Global Peace in 2020

The Institute for Economics and Peace has released the 2020 Global Peace Index as well as a consolidated briefing.  The 14th edition of the Global Peace Index ranks the state of peace in 163 countries based on 23 different indicators.  According to the results, global peace has deteriorated in 2020. The Global Peace Index incorporates factors across three domains:...

Civil Liberties, Far-Right Antisemitism, and the COVID-19 Crisis: 2 New Henry Jackson Society Reports

The Henry Jackson Society has released 2 new reports related to security and the COVID-19 pandemic.    Leaving Lockdown: The Impact of COVID-19 on Civil Liberties and National Security in the UK & US discusses the trade-off between civil liberties and effective security in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Broken into four sections, the...

Reopening America

The Brookings Institution has released Reopening America a report that examines many facets of American efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The publication is the first in a two-volume series Reopening America and the World presented by dozens of Brookings scholars who explore various aspects of global recovery in an effort to inform the public conversation about COVID-19, and help leaders take their next steps...

Survey of American Risk Perceptions and Emotional Responses to COVID-19

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication have released a new report Americans’ Risk Perceptions and Emotional Responses to COVID-19 based on findings from a scientific national survey.  The survey of 3,933 adults reveals that most believe that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted daily life across America. The findings show that...

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Testing Blueprint: Opening America Up Again

The Trump Administration has released a new Blueprint for Testing Plans and Rapid Response Programs intended to help states implement testing programs laid out in the Opening Up America Again Guidelines. The blueprint describes general responsibilities of Federal, State, local, and tribal governments, in addition to the private sector and...

Roadmap to Recovery: A Public Health Guide for Governors

National Governors’ Association has released Roadmap to Recovery: A Public Health Guide for Governors to help states navigate reopening in a way that maximizes the public’s health and well-being. The roadmap expands upon the recently released White House guidance “Guidelines for Opening Up America Again”, incorporating key considerations for governors...