Author: Julia West

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Violent Escalation Logic Among Extremists

The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST) released a study that looks into reasons why certain ‘extremist groups’ choose violence while others do not. In addressing this complex phenomenon, the authors use three different case studies to highlight unique group dynamics that lead to violence. The primary...

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Task Force on Preventing Extremism in Fragile States

In recognition of challenges associated with the global fight against terrorism, the U.S. Institute of Peace released a “comprehensive plan to prevent the underlying causes of extremism in fragile states.” This plan comes as a report from the Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States, established by the U.S. Congress...

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Risk Identification and Site Criticality (RISC) Toolkit

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services along with the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) created a new emergency preparedness guidance for Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) organizations. The HPH Risk Identification and Site Criticality (RISC) Toolkit provides public and private organizations with “an objective, data-driven all-hazards...

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Red Flags: Homegrown Extremist Mobilization

The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have compiled a list of Homegrown Violent Extremist (HVEs) Mobilization Indicators. Given the continuous threat of HVE’s joining the ranks of the most violent terrorist organizations abroad, the domestic law enforcement agencies...

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Tracking State-Sponsored Cyber Operations

The Council on Foreign Relations is at the forefront of collecting the most important data on state-sponsored cyber activity around the world. Under the guidance of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy program the resulting platform paints a very dynamic world of cyber activity with new actors emerging every year. Launched in 2017,...

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Global Risks Report 2019 is Released

The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Advisory Board has released its annual overview of most pressing risks facing the world in 2019. The Global Risks Report 2019 looks at the contemporary challenges along with their potential levels of impact – “from slowing global growth and persistent inequality to climate change, geopolitical...

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Top Emerging National Security Threats

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report highlighting the most significant threats to American security. GAO utilized survey information provided by 45 government organizations, including the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of State (State), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)....

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Homeland Security Against Illicit Terrorist Travel

The House Homeland Security Committee Majority Staff released a report exposing threats posed by terrorists, also known as Special Interest Aliens (SIAs), traveling to the United States from a country identified as having possible or established links to terrorism. The report examines ways to prevent these individuals from getting access to...

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2018 National Strategy for Countering WMD Terrorism

President Donald J. Trump has released a National Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism that focuses on preventing the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by terrorists. The Strategy highlights the growth in terrorists’ “capabilities and aspirations” to pursue WMD enabled by the advances in dual-use technology...