Author: HSDL Staff

Mapping Zoonoses

Three research institutes have collaborated on a project to map poverty zones in which human-livestock interaction is the most likely to foster outbreaks of zoonotic diseases. (These are sicknesses such as Avian influenza (H5N1) and Swine influenza (H1N1) which are present in animal populations but can be transmitted to humans)....

New Study on How Islamists Use the Qur’an in Their ‘Strategic Communication’

A new study has been released by Arizona State University’s Center for Strategic Communications (CSC) titled, “How Islamist Extremists Quote the Qur’an.” According the authors/researchers, their analysis shows that while Islamists frequently use verses from the Qur’an in their messages, it does not suggest that Islamists are offensive foes who...

7th Anniversary of the 2005 London Bombings

On the morning of July 7th, 2005, four suicide bombers attacked London’s transportation system. Three bombs went off at 8:50 a.m. on underground trains, and a final explosion occurred approximately one hour later on a double-decker bus. The individuals responsible killed 52 people in the attacks, and injured more than...

Official Report Finds “a Multitude of Errors and Willful Negligence” Led to Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Disaster

The National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC) released its first official report. The report “provides a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the March 11th, 2011, including causes and the response to the nuclear accident. It also includes recommendations designed to prevent the...

UN World Drug Report: The Illicit Drug Problem and Countering It

An annual report has been released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime titled “World Drug Report 2012.” This years report focuses on illicit drug problems and international cooperation for countering it. According to the report, nearly 230 million people are estimated to have used an illicit drug...

Parity for Patriots

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) recently released a report titled ‘Parity for Patriots: The Mental Health Needs of Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families.’ This report examines the mental health issues that our country’s service members and their families face, and what can be done about it. “The...

Counterterrorism Intelligence: Fusion Center Perspectives

The Homeland Security Policy Institute (HPSI) at George Washington University released the brief “Counterterrorism Intelligence: Fusion Center Perspectives” as part of the HPSI’s Counterterrorism Intelligence Survey Research program. The brief “examines how the professionals working in the national network of fusion centers view the terror threat, the efficacy of their...

Trafficking in Persons Report 2012

The U.S. Department of State released its 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report. The report estimates that at any given time, there are approximately 20.9 million victims of trafficking in every region of the globe. The area believed to have the most victims is Asia and the Pacific, with almost 12...

U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa

The White House recently released its Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa. This document outlines ways in which the United States will partner with sub-Saharan African countries in order to achieve four overarching objectives. These four goals are to: 1. Strengthen Democratic Institutions 2. Spur Economic Growth, Trade, and Investment 3. Advance...