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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Economic Espionage and Trade Secret Theft: An Overview of the Legal Landscape and Policy Responses (PDF)

September 26, 2013

Concern about cyberespionage and intellectual property (IP) theft, particularly trade secrets, has intensified—and with good reason. While these threats are not new, rapid technological advances resulting in greater connectivity and data storage and more globalized supply chains have increased the opportunity—and potentially the payoff—to breach corporate networks and acquire sensitive corporate data.

Northern Mali: Armed Groups, State Failure, and Terrorism (PDF)

May 30, 2013

One year ago an uneasy alliance of armed groups, including jihadists with ties to al-Qaeda, seized control of northern Mali, a landlocked region slightly larger than the state of Texas.

Transportation and Supply Chain Security: Systemic Changes and Policy Opportunities (PDF)

May 24, 2013

In the past several decades these global networks of transportation and trade have become increasingly integrated and interdependent, decreasing the costs and accelerating the speed of the movement of people and goods. However, this integration and complex interdependency has led to new risks to the system, making it more vulnerable to disruption.

Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria: No Easy Fix (PDF)

April 03, 2013

In July 2009, Muhammad Yusuf, the founder of Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Lidda’awaG wal Jihad, or “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad,” was killed while in police custody.

Pardon the Pivot, What About Africa? (PDF)

March 06, 2013

Africa presents a unique set of security challenges — it is the second largest continent on Earth, home to more than one billion people, and is defined by vast terrain, un- and under-governed spaces, interwoven adversaries, and a range of hybrid threats: including jihadi terrorists, drug traffickers, and insurgents.

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