Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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2022 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report

2021 was a year of unprecedented challenges for international drug control. The COVID-19 pandemic combined with political instability created ongoing difficulties for governments and law enforcement to curb illicit drug production and trafficking. The United States alone reached its highest record of over 91,000 deaths from drug overdoses in 2020,...

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Global Terrorism Index 2022

The Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) has released its Global Terrorism Index (GTI) 2022 report. This ninth edition of the GTI, with the help of TerrorismTracker, spans over the past decade to gather global data on deaths, incidents, hostages, and injuries, and to summarize trends related to terrorism. The...

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Virality Project: Memes, Magnets and Microchips

Six months of monitoring Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine discussions online culminated in The Virality Project’s (VP) recent release of their capstone report: Memes, Magnets and Microchips: Narrative Dynamics Around COVID-19 Vaccines. The document provides a detailed analysis of prominent narratives that emerged during the vaccine rollout, discussing their scope,...

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Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability– a contribution to IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report. This contribution highlights the relationship between the growing risks of climate change and the impact on ecosystems, and human society. Identifying the impacts of hazardous climate change...

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Rethinking Police Response to Mass Demonstrations

In Rethinking the Police Response to Mass Demonstrations: 9 Recommendations, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) underscores the critical  importance of police engaging with the community to achieve the twin goals of safeguarding First Amendment rights and protecting public safety. PERF, an organization dedicated to improving policing, has produced guidance...

Members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group take part in a military parade during a condolences ceremony for the movement's former leader Ramadan Shalah in the Gaza Strip, on June 8, 2020.

Analyzing Offline Versus Online Radicalisation

Global Network on Extremism & Technology (GNET) has released Offline Versus Online Radicalisation: Which is the Bigger Threat? Tracing Outcomes of 439 Jihadist Terrorists Between 2014–2021 in 8 Western Countries. Social media and online platforms have made terrorist-group materials increasingly accessible.  Governments and the general public worldwide are continuously more...

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California SMARTER Plan

The State of California, via their website California for All, has released the new report, “California SMARTER: The Next Phase of California’s COVID-19 Response.” “SMARTER” stands for “Shots, Masks, Awareness, Readiness, Testing, Education and Rx (prescriptions and treatments).” The goals for each of these metrics are: Shots: Capacity to administer...

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Examination of U.S. Capitol Police’s Physical Security Efforts for January 6

The U.S. Capitol Police is responsible for protecting the members of Congress, as well as all staff, facilities, and visitors. However, on January 6, 2021, thousands of protestors surrounded the U.S. Capitol, where they attacked and injured several law enforcement officers and eventually breached the building. In light of those...