Tagged: Terrorism

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Combating Terrorist Financing

The U.S. Department of the Treasury released its National Strategy for Combating Terrorist and Other Illicit Financing (Illicit Finance Strategy) describing current government strategies to combat illicit financing of terrorist organizations both domestically and internationally. Transnational criminal organizations, terrorists, and weapons proliferation are the primary drivers of illicit financing activities,...