Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Global Peace in 2020

The Institute for Economics and Peace has released the 2020 Global Peace Index as well as a consolidated briefing.  The 14th edition of the Global Peace Index ranks the state of peace in 163 countries based on 23 different indicators.  According to the results, global peace has deteriorated in 2020. The Global Peace Index incorporates factors across three domains:...

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Information Operations: An Evidence-Based Approach

The role of hostile information campaigns is becoming increasingly apparent in most contemporary events. In particular, a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research on social media use during the US elections and UK Brexit suggests that information diffusion can amplify public’s sentiments, thus contributing to the voter...

New COVID-19 Resource Archive is Available

In response to a growing need for reliable information on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) launched a new COVID-19 Resource Archive. Geared to help emergency managers and homeland security experts, this platform provides access to a publicly available collection of COVID-19 resources. To provide...

Civil Liberties, Far-Right Antisemitism, and the COVID-19 Crisis: 2 New Henry Jackson Society Reports

The Henry Jackson Society has released 2 new reports related to security and the COVID-19 pandemic.    Leaving Lockdown: The Impact of COVID-19 on Civil Liberties and National Security in the UK & US discusses the trade-off between civil liberties and effective security in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Broken into four sections, the...

Reopening America

The Brookings Institution has released Reopening America a report that examines many facets of American efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The publication is the first in a two-volume series Reopening America and the World presented by dozens of Brookings scholars who explore various aspects of global recovery in an effort to inform the public conversation about COVID-19, and help leaders take their next steps...

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Active Shooter Incidents – 2019

The US Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have released the fifth annual report in a series of documented active shooter incidents. This report, Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2019, outlines the 28 active shooter incidents that occurred in the United States in...

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Challenges and Opportunities of Reopening Efforts

In addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brookings Institution published a new report, Reopening America and the World, providing an assessment of current efforts in restarting the economy and social institutions. As COVID-19 continues to shutter local businesses and communities, Brookings aims to contribute to the reopening debate by engaging in...

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American Extremism: White Supremacists

The Counter Extremism Project‘s (CEP) report on White Supremacy Groups in the United States is an expansive list of the different types of racial elitist groups operating in the U.S. since the inception of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in 1865. The report identifies 199 known white supremacist groups, separated...

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FEMA Issues Guidance for 2020 Hurricane Season

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released COVID-19 Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact all levels of government, this document aims to provide actionable guidance to state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) authorities to prepare for the hurricane season. Specifically, the guidance...

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CIDRAP: “Smart Testing” Needed to Combat COVID-19

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota has released their third Viewpoint Report, Smart Testing for COVID-19 Virus and Antibodies, covering the framework for testing target populations for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). CIDRAP acknowledges the complexities and opportunities for error in the rushed development...