Tagged: Terrorism

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State Department Issues Country Reports on Terrorism

The Department of State released the annual report titled Country Reports on Terrorism (2018) covering countries and groups that meet the criteria under the Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2652f (the “Act”). Specifically, the report contains detailed information on country profiles and identifies state sponsors of terrorism....

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Is Youth Violence Preventable?

In a recent report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), authors Sarah Bast and Victoria DeSimone examine the question of whether or not the pathways to violence can be disrupted, specifically with regard to youth. The report, “Youth Violence Prevention in the United States: Examining International Terrorists,...

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Violent Extremists Risk Assessment: From Recruitment to Action

In a new research paper from the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT), Liesbeth van der Heide, Marieke van der Zwan, and Maarten van Leyenhorst compare risk assessment tools for predicting violent extremism. According to the report, there has been an increase of “violent extremist offenders (VEOs)” in Europe, which has...

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Three New Papers on Online Violent Extremism from the Program on Extremism

The George Washington University Program on Extremism released three new papers on Online Violent Extremism. All deal with the complicated issue of determining and assigning who bears the legal and moral onus of countering online terrorism. “Leveraging CDA 230 to Counter Online Extremism” by Annemarie Bridy argues “that the scope...

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Bringing Americans Home

The New America Foundation released a new report titled “Bringing Americans Home: The First Non-Governmental Assessment of U.S. Hostage Policy and Family Engagement“. The premise of this study are interviews with 27 participants that are former American hostages, family members of current and former U.S. hostages, and others detained unlawfully...

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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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A Graphic History of Germ Warfare

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense is using a graphic novel to depict the history of global germ warfare, the potential for future incidents, and the need for vigilant security against this threat. Germ Warfare: A Very Graphic Novel presents several incidents in history in which harmful microbes were...

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Disruptive Technology and National Security

Leading technology and cybersecurity experts weigh in on a Department of Defense white paper released this month examining the role of emerging and disruptive technologies on national security. On the Horizon: Security Challenges at the Nexus of State and Non-State Actors and Emerging/Disruptive Technologies, features opening remarks from the Joint...