Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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In Focus: Soft Targets for Terrorism

New In Focus now available on Soft Targets for Terrorism Soft Targets, such as sports venues, parks, open air festivals, and anywhere people congregate, are a difficult security challenge.  This In Focus includes resources that address the challenges and approaches to making Soft Targets safe and secure. Each HSDL In...

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Inaugural Indo-Pacific Strategy Report Released

The U.S. Department of Defense released its inaugural 2019 Indo-Pacific Strategy Report: Preparedness, Partnerships, and Promoting a Networked Region, highlighting the importance of the Indo-Pacific region in American politics, economics, and homeland security. The U.S. has five Pacific states that include Hawaii, California, Washington, Oregon and Alaska and four territories...

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Top Ten Global Challenges Facing the G20

The Council of Councils (CoC), a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) initiative, has released its 2019 Report Card on International Cooperation generally focused on the performances of the Group of Twenty (G20). The CoC is a group of foreign policy institutes from 24 countries, who were asked to prioritize the top global challenges and rank the results 1-10,...

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Protecting Soft Targets and Crowded Places — Everyone’s Responsibility

In April of 2019,  The Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released the Security of Soft Targets and Crowded Places Resource Guide. Soft targets and crowded places are any easily accessible, public areas such as malls, houses of worship, and event venues that consistently attract large...

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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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United Nations Releases Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction for 2019

Recently the United Nations for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) released their Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2019. Due to our economic and environmental activities has gotten us to this position. There are also suggestions on how we can slow down this amendable fate. The report  follows the Sendai...

The White House Releases its 2019 Global Health Security Strategy

On 9 May 2019, the Trump Administration released its Global Health Security Strategy, which prioritizes U.S. efforts to address biosecurity vulnerabilities in targeted countries. Spurred on by the increasing frequency of devastating infectious disease outbreaks—notably Ebola, Zika and the Rift Valley fever—the plan seeks to strengthen global resiliency towards these...