Issue Brief Series

Issue Briefs are intended to promote better policy by providing context and evidence to help assess current, past, and potential future approaches to issues of ongoing strategic and tactical significance.  Designed to be timely and relevant, Issue Briefs aim to help leading policymakers, academics, and observers better understand important debates, frame key questions, and challenge underpinning assumptions. Comments should be directed to cchs@gwu.edu.

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Drones in Yemen: Is the U.S. on Target? (PDF)

June 21, 2012

At a time when the al Qaeda organization globally has met a low point al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has reached its zenith despite successful U.S. airstrikes on the American al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and senior AQAP figure Fahd al-Quso - indicted in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen.

The Next Decade of Countering Threat Finance: Risks, Opportunities, and Limitations (PDF)

June 12, 2012

Almost ten years after the September 11 attacks, domestic terrorist plots linked to Islamic extremism continue rising. The evolving nature of sub-state threats makes it critically important to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the counterterrorism toolkit in the hope of maintaining an efficient and effective security posture.

Smart, Savvy, Insightful: Analytic Tradecraft to Enable Homeland Security (PDF)

January 13, 2012

This issue brief highlights the value of applying analytic tradecraft techniques more widely throughout the homeland security community. Author and HSPI Senior Fellow Jon Nowick maintains that, especially when used to promote collaboration, these techniques can help members of the homeland security community enhance performance and mitigate risk.

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