Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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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...

Bipartisan Local Support for Immigration Reform: Protecting Immigrants and Economic Shareholders

Immigrants fill crucial gaps in local economies and therefore Congress must act to reform federal standards that end up hurting various state and local economic shareholders, a new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center argues. The report, titled “A Call for Clarity and Compromise: The Perspectives of State and Local...

An Approach to Communicating the Threat of Global Catastrophic Biological Risks

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health and Security recently released a report that provides recommendations for communicating global catastrophic biological risks (GCBRs) to government officials and the public in order to enhance future prevention measures. Titled “Risk Communication Strategies for the Very Worst of Cases,” the report’s findings are the...

In Focus: Countering Violent Extremism

New In Focus now available on Countering Violent Extremism. According to the Department of Homeland Security, “The term ‘countering violent extremism,’ or CVE, refers to proactive actions to counter efforts by extremists to recruit, radicalize, and mobilize followers to violence. Fundamentally, CVE actions intend to address the conditions and reduce the...

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Global Human Rights in 2018

The U.S. Department of State released its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018. These reports can be accessed through an interactive webpage that allows the user to select issues and countries of interest to generate a specific report. These reports focus on violations of human rights in...

In Focus: Workplace Violence

New In Focus now available on Workplace Violence, with resources that address the threat or action of “physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site.” (OSHA) According the Bureau f Labor Statistics,  there were 458 fatal workplace injuries in 2017 that were results of...

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Violent Escalation Logic Among Extremists

The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST) released a study that looks into reasons why certain ‘extremist groups’ choose violence while others do not. In addressing this complex phenomenon, the authors use three different case studies to highlight unique group dynamics that lead to violence. The primary...

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Task Force on Preventing Extremism in Fragile States

In recognition of challenges associated with the global fight against terrorism, the U.S. Institute of Peace released a “comprehensive plan to prevent the underlying causes of extremism in fragile states.” This plan comes as a report from the Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States, established by the U.S. Congress...