Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Jihadist Terrorism: A Threat Assessment

The Bipartisan Policy Center has released a report titled, Jihadist Terrorism: A Threat Assessment. The report examines the jihadist threat at home and abroad, the U.S. Government response to al-Qaeda and its allies, and how certain trends and events in the Middle East will impact the future of terrorist organizations....

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...

National Preparedness Month Blog: Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has published a report titled, Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management, which provides a summary of a roundtable discussion hosted by the organization last September. At this meeting, participants from around the world "discussed the opportunities, challenges, and gaps in the use...

Possible U.S. Intervention in Syria: Issues for Congress

  This past Tuesday the Congressional Research Service (CRS) released its newest report, "Possible U.S. Intervention in Syria: Issues for Congress," in response to the deteriorating situation in Syria following the August 21 chemical weapons attack. Faced with an imminent decision regarding U.S. military intervention, Congress is considering the question...

National Preparedness Month Blog: Engaging the Public in Critical Disaster Planning and Decision Making

The National Academies Press has released a new report, "Engaging the Public in Critical Disaster Planning and Decision Making," that provides a summary of the workshop held by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) at the March 2013 NACCHO (National Association of County and City Health Officials) Public Health Preparedness Summit....

REMM Updates Mobile App for Radiation Event Response

The Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released updated versions of their mobile apps for mobile platforms and has included updates to their full site. The mobile app, called Mobile REMM, provides guidance for health care providers as well as evidence-based, usable radiation...

The Snowden Affair: Web Resource Documents the Latest Firestorm Over the National Security Agency

The National Security Archive has collected content related to recent press disclosures about the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance activities. The National Security Archive has compiled over 125 documents to provide important context about the legal and social ramifications of the Edward Snowden revelations. The compilation is titled "The Snowden...

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month! Now in its tenth year, the nation-wide, month-long effort aims to involve the whole community in preparedness. Individuals are encouraged to educate themselves about the emergencies that could happen, make a plan for what to do in case of an emergency, and create a supply...

National Preparedness Month Blog: Unaccounted for: A National Report Card on Protecting Children in Disasters

Save the Children has released its sixth annual state-by-state assessment of U.S. preparation and safety standards for children in child care facilities and in schools. The report, Unaccounted for: A National Report Card on Protecting Children in Disasters, assigns the nation a grade of "unsatisfactory" and highlights gaps in preparedness...

National Preparedness Month Blog: U.S. Disaster Preparedness and Resilience: Recommendations for Reform

The Center for Strategic and International Studies, along with the Pennington Family Foundation, has published a new report titled, White Paper on U.S. Disaster Preparedness and Resilience: Recommendations for Reform. According to the report, the United States faces a growing number of natural disasters which present "a variety of challenges...