Author: Vincent Milano

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2019 Global Peace Index Released

The Institute for Economics and Peace  has released the 2019 Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks the level of peacefulness for over 160 independent states and territories around the world. The study measures peacefulness “using three thematic domains: the level of Societal Safety and Security; the extent of Ongoing Domestic...

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Terrorist Assets Report for 2018 Released

The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has released its Twenty-seventh Annual Report to the Congress on Assets in the United States Relating to Terrorist Countries and Organizations Engaged in International Terrorism for calendar year 2018. The United States implements economic sanctions against terrorist organizations and state sponsors...

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Islamic Extremism on Telegram

The George Washington University Program on Extremism just released Encrypted Extremism: Inside the English-Speaking Islamic State Ecosystem on Telegram, a study into the usage of the Telegram messaging software by Islamic State (IS) sympathizers. Telegram is a multimedia messaging application that is accessible by smartphones, tablets, and computers. Telegram users...

The United States’ Approach to Global Health Security

The White House has released the United States Government Global Health Security Strategy, which “outlines the United States Government’s approach to strengthen global health security, including accelerating the capabilities of targeted countries to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks.” The importance of this Global Health Security Strategy goes...

Preparing for Disaster at the Local Level

The New America Foundation recently released a publication titled “All Disasters Are Local. Resilience Should Be, Too,” about the upsurge being observed in natural disasters and steps that can be taken to be better prepared. The report is a summary of presentations and talks from various experts and participants who...

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Cryptocurrencies as a Means of Funding Terrorism

The RAND Corporation recently released a publication examining the possibility of terrorists using cryptocurrencies to fund their organizations. Titled “Terrorist Use of Cryptocurrencies: Technical and Organizational Barriers and Future Threats,” the report focuses on two key questions. The first is understanding to what extent terrorist organizations are currently using—or not...