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Security personnel surround Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro during an incident as he was giving a speech in Caracas on Saturday.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Drone Attacks Are Essentially Terrorism by Joystick

| Aug. 05, 2018

A failed assassination attempt against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Saturday was mounted with explosive-armed drones, according to news reports. Nine days earlier, and on the other side of the world, terrorists claimed to have sent an armed drone to attack the international airport in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. No one was killed in either case, and the circumstances of both remain murky. But a new and dangerous era in non-state-sponsored terrorism clearly has begun, and no one is adequately prepared to counter it.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit on Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Analysis & Opinions - Just Security

Trump as a Russian Target – Through the Eyes of a Former CIA Russian Expert

| June 25, 2018

Donald Trump would have been an active target of Russian intelligence since the moment they laid eyes on him for two reasons that come straight from the classical espionage textbook: He has influence; and he is potentially vulnerable to various forms of compromise.

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Analysis & Opinions - Politico

Banning Family Separation Won’t End the Border Crisis

| June 20, 2018

Even the Trump administration is now backing away from the immoral and unsustainable policy of separating the families of migrants when prosecuting the parents for illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexican border. That’s welcome, but the current proposals—whether banning family separations or expediting the legal processing of apprehended migrants—fail to address the source of the crisis. 

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ bluff on the border will hurt security, not help

| May 31, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen recently announced a zero tolerance policy on border security. Though its contours have not been described in great detail, at its core, it is a commitment to criminally prosecute every person who illegally crosses the border.

This strategy may provide sound bites, and harsh rhetoric may generate some short-term deterrent effect, but it is impossible for this policy to actually be implemented over any reasonable time period. By announcing a threat that is effectively a bluff, the Trump administration likely will harm border security rather than enhance it.

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Analysis & Opinions - Cleveland.com

President Trump's Talk of Border Security Crisis is Misleading

| May 24, 2018

To argue the southwest border is in a state of crisis and out of control overlooks the extraordinary progress that has been made in securing the southwest border during the last 30 years. Worse still, it is deceptive and poisons the debate about what additional steps the United States should take to address southwest border security.

Photo of state and local election officials at D3P conference.

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

Election Officials from 38 States Learn to Fortify Elections Against Attacks

| Mar. 29, 2018

More than 120 election officials from 38 states gathered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this week to participate in role-playing exercises that provided them with tips, tools, and training to fortify their election systems against cyber attacks and information operations. Organized by the Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P) at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the two-day event featured a tabletop exercise (TTX) scenario for officials that simulated attacks on election systems ranging from hacks and social media misinformation to  manipulation of voter information and trust. The state and local election officials learned how to better prepare, defend, and respond to a range of attacks on the integrity of American elections and how to empower their colleagues back home with this knowledge as they prepare for the 2018 and 2020 elections.   

March for Our Lives, Washington, D.C.

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Analysis & Opinions - CNN

The Marching Students Wowed This Security Mom

| Mar. 25, 2018

"The effectiveness of the anti-gun control lobby took gun violence out of the equation of what constitutes homeland security for too long. It was so effective that we often couldn't even see how absurd that distinction was until you showed us otherwise. Why would some risks — terrorism, climate change, pandemics — be viewed as national security issues and yet the one most consequential means by which you all were at risk of getting killed — gun violence — was somehow removed from the discussion?"