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People attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla. February 15, 2018 (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press). Keywords: Parkland, school shooting

Gerald Herbert/Associated Press

Analysis & Opinions - CNN

'I'm So Sick of This' — Another Deadly School Shooting

| Feb. 15, 2018

"No other nation suffers as we do because of school shootings; no other nation except ours has these kinds of mass murders; no other nation, with polling showing tremendous support for gun control laws, ignores popular sentiment so successfully at the behest of special interests, like the National Rifle Association — the NRA. No other nation fails its children so spectacularly."

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Press Release

Aspen Institute Launches Cybersecurity Working Group

| Jan. 08, 2018

The Aspen Institute launched on Friday its newest strategy group, a cross-sector public-private forum aimed at translating pressing cybersecurity conversations into action. The Aspen cyber group will facilitate robust conversation between 35 experts from both the public and private sectors on how to best address today’s cybersecurity challenges.

U.S. Postal Service mail handlers Alan Flores, left, and Romeo Gumpal sort packages.


Analysis & Opinions - Miami Herald

Postal Loophole Allows Opioids from Abroad to Flood into Florida

| Dec. 20, 2017

Every day more than 1 million packages reach the United States through the global postal system without the important security information law enforcement agencies need to stop and inspect packages that could contain deadly drugs and other illicit items. Given that a recent Customs and Border Protection operation at the postal service’s international hub at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport found 43 percent of foreign packages were noncompliant with U.S. regulations, the magnitude of this issue is especially troubling.

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Analysis & Opinions

Safely Navigating a Driverless Future

| Nov. 30, 2017

As autonomous carmakers gain greater latitude and flexibility to develop, test and roll out these vehicles in the Golden State and across the country, they must prepare for potential roadblocks. A failure to anticipate or appropriately respond to even the slightest mishap involving a driverless car could cause regulators and the public to hit the panic button. 

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Fall/Winter 2017-18 Belfer Center Newsletter

| Fall/Winter 2017-2018

In this issue, new Belfer Center Director Ash Carter and Co-Director Eric Rosenbach describe their vision for the Center’s next chapter: sustaining its core mission while enhancing its unique ability to leverage science and technology to meet global challenges and priming the next generation of leaders in both scholarship and policymaking.

We highlight two new initiatives: the Defending Digital Democracy (D3P) Project and the Arctic Initiative, and welcome 12 new senior fellows. Ash Carter gives a definitive history of the campaign to defeat ISIS, and Center experts offer insight into the North Korean nuclear threat and into the Iran nuclear agreement.

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Analysis & Opinions - Combating Terrorism Center

A View from the CT Foxhole: Lisa Monaco, Former Assistant to President Barack Obama for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism

| Oct. 16, 2017

Lisa Monaco served as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism from March 2013 to the end of the Obama administration. Prior to the White House, Monaco spent 15 years at the Department of Justice, the majority of that time serving as a career federal prosecutor, and in senior management positions in the Justice Department and the FBI. During this period, she served for three years as counsel to and then Chief of Staff at the FBI, helping then Director Robert Mueller transform the FBI after 9/11 into a national security organization focused on preventing terrorist attacks on the United States. From 2011 to 2013, she served as Assistant Attorney General for National Security, the first woman to serve in that position. Monaco is currently a distinguished senior fellow at the Center on Law and Security at the New York University School of Law and a senior national security analyst for CNN.  

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Journal Article - Foreign Affairs

Preventing the Next Attack: A Strategy for the War on Terrorism

| Oct. 16, 2017

Today, the terrorist threat looks much different than it did right before 9/11. The U.S. counterterrorism community has dramatically ramped up its intelligence capabilities. Determined to “connect the dots” in the future, the U.S. government created new agencies and instituted a new paradigm for intelligence—share by rule, withhold by exception—and set up a slew of “fusion centers” and joint task forces to foster interagency cooperation. Borders were hardened, cockpit doors reinforced, and watch lists created. In Afghanistan, the United States overthrew the Taliban regime, which was hosting al Qaeda. Today, despite recent Taliban gains, al Qaeda still does not enjoy free rein in the country. In Iraq and Syria, al Qaeda’s offshoot, the Islamic State (or ISIS), is on the run, thanks to the work of a global coalition assembled in 2014 and U.S.-led air strikes and special operations raids. The group’s Iraqi capital of Mosul fell in July, and its Syrian stronghold in Raqqa is almost certain to follow. Owing to the relentless pressure that the United States and its allies have placed on terrorists’ safe havens, the threat of a complex and catastrophic attack emanating from abroad—although not gone—has diminished. At the same time, however, the threat from homegrown and so called lone-wolf terrorism has increased.

 Mandalay Bay resort and casino

(AP Photo/John Locher)

Analysis & Opinions - CNN

Massive Gun Violence Terrorizes Us All

| Oct. 02, 2017

"Our national security policy should focus on making it harder for terrorists to arm themselves — doing so increases the likelihood that attacks of all kinds might be thwarted or exposed. This shooter terrorized, period. In what is sure to be ongoing investigations into what triggered him — as if something as evil as this can ever be fully explained — we risk minimizing the critical facet of his motivation: that he had access to weaponry that could kill this many people so quickly."

Donald Trump


Analysis & Opinions - CNN

'Trump's Katrina?' No, It's Much Worse

| Oct. 01, 2017

"A good man who has empathy, or even knows how to pretend to have it, would not make the unfolding tragedy about himself. A confident President would not accuse Puerto Ricans of wanting 'everything done for them.' A self-reflective leader able to critically assess would question and push his team to send more resources and get the federal response moving. A strong Commander-in-Chief would know that his main duty is not to praise himself or lash back because of a bruised ego, but to use his global platform to provide two key needs: numbers (responders, commodities, ships, food, water, debris removal, etc) and hope."