Author: Julia West

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Escalating Costs of Climate Adaptation: Who Is Responsible?

The Center for Climate Integrity (CCI), a project of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, has published a study highlighting the costs of climate change in the United States. The resulting report emphasizes the responsibilities of industrial polluters that continuously contribute to the climate crisis. Specifically, CCI “supports litigation...

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Stalkerware: A Growing Threat of Technology-Facilitated Violence

The Citizen Lab, based at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto, released a report highlighting the growing threat of technology-facilitated violence. In a two-part series, the watchdog group provides insights into some of the most concerning manifestations of privacy violations via intimate partner surveillance...

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Cyber-Enabled Foreign Interference: A Growing Threat to Western Democracies

Foreign interference and manipulation of information represent the new order of emerging threats to Western democracies. In particular, cyber-enabled interference in elections offers unique opportunities for adversaries to transform public opinions and shape political events. To address these threats, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute released a policy brief, which highlights...

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Criminal Justice System in America Requires A New Approach

In response to a growing concern over the United States mass incarceration rates, the Brennan Center for Justice released a compilation of essays from the country’s most prominent public figures offering innovative solutions to the criminal justice system.  The resulting collaboration includes twenty proposals to reduce the US prison population...

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Nonpartisan Committee Report on Securing Our Border, Safety and Welfare of Migrant Children

The Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Families and Children Custody Panel has released the “Final Emergency Interim Report” addressing the current immigration crisis. In creating this report, the Panel reviewed CBP operations and studied short-term care arrangements for those in custody, especially children. Based on these...

Reducing Cyber Vulnerabilities in Underserved Populations

The University of California, Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) has published “Improving Cybersecurity Awareness in Underserved Populations” report that focuses on cyber vulnerabilities among the ‘underserved’ residents of San Francisco, including low-income residents, foreign-born or foreign-language speakers, and seniors.  As cybersecurity represents a relatively recent yet significant concern to...

Place-Based Visas Provide Pathways for Economic Development

A new report by the Economic Innovation Group (EIG) provides an in-depth analysis of the U.S. demographic trends and the consequences on certain impacted communities. Specifically, the report explores the relationship between the current immigration policy and the long-term economic development. As the population growth is consistently slowing down, many...

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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...