Author: Kendall Scherr

The Syrian Opposition: Taking a Closer Look

In a new report by the Arab Reform Initiative, authors Bassma Kodmani and Félix Legrand argue that there is still hope for the original, democratically-focused opposition forces in Syria to regain some control and shape the future of the country. “Empowering the Democratic Resistance in Syria” discusses the events and...

Where Extreme Weather Hits Hardest: The Vulnerability of Low-Income Communities

As extreme weather phenomenon continue to affect our nation, focusing on developing the resiliency of lower-income families and communities has become increasingly necessary and important. This is the argument of a new report released by The Center for American Progress [CAP] entitled "A Disaster in the Making: Addressing the Vulnerability...

NPS Alumnus Publishes Book on Terrorism

This year, NPS alumnus Brad Deardorff published "The Roots of Our Children's War: Identity and the War on Terrorism". Drawing on both practical and academic experience in counterterrorism operations, he evaluates the British and Dutch counterterrorism strategies through the lens of Social Identity Theory. This framework allows Deardorff to explain...

HSDL Releases Cyber-Focused Featured Topics

This week, the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) has released three new featured topics which focus on the growing breadth of information available regarding the latest developments in cyber-related activity. These topics are meant to provide users with significant resources on specific issues and are accessible from the home page...

Disaster Risk Reduction: UNISDR’s New Report

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released its third installment of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction. The 2013 edition (GAR13), titled “From Shared Risk to Shared Value: The Business Case for Disaster Risk Reduction” focuses on the interconnectedness of the global economy and...

Rising Threat in the Homeland: Climate Change

In a new report by The American Security Project, authors Nick Cunningham and Danielle Parillo focus on the increasing threat that climate change poses to the United States and the world as a whole. “Protecting the Homeland: The Rising Costs of Inaction on Climate Change” argues that the United States...

President Signs New Counter-IED Policy

Two days ago, on February 26, President Obama signed into force the newest policy for combating the Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Although the document is succinct, it provides a clear strategy for the way ahead. In the policy, entitled Countering Improvised Explosive Devices, the President says that “this administration is...

Revealing the ‘Dark Side’: New Report on Post-9/11 Torture

The Open Society Justice Initiative (Open Society Foundations) has released a new publication entitled “Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendtion”. This report urges the United States, as well as other foreign governments, to release the full truth regarding the use of secret detention sites, extra-legal rendition, and torture...

NY Governor Signs Unprecedented Gun Legislation

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the NY SAFE Act (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) into law. According to the press release, “New York will be the first state in the nation to ban any magazine that can hold more than seven rounds and run instant background checks...

Homeland Security Outlook Launches New Web Portal for Maritime Security

Homeland Security Outlook (produced by Neak Media) has launched a new web portal, Maritime Security Outlook (MSO), which will be dedicated to developments in maritime security. “MSO’s goal is to be the hub of the maritime security industry. It is an open platform for all maritime security professionals to share...