Publications

The Deep Web and the Darknet: A Look Inside the Internet's Massive Black Box

Oct 18, 2015
This policy brief outlines what the Deep Web and Darknet are, how they are accessed, and why we should care about them.

Tackling the South Sudan Conflict within a Complicated Regional Security Complex

Oct 16, 2015
The civil war in South Sudan, characterized by ongoing violence and broken ceasefires, is, for the moment, paused by a tenuous peace agreement. To make it stick, the need for regional mediation and international pressure is greater than ever. In this policy brief, Southern Voices Network Scholar Getachew Zeru Gebrekidan, examines the key role IGAD--a regional group composed of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda--has played in the peace process and recommends greater coordination between IGAD, the U.S., and other key international stakeholders and deeper engagement in the peace process.

The DNA of the U.S. Regulatory System: Are We Getting It Right for Synthetic Biology?

Oct 15, 2015
A new report from the Synthetic Biology Project looks at the current regulatory oversight of synthetic biology in the United States through different applications.

Science Hack Day: Bridging the Hacking Community and Government

Oct 13, 2015
On May 16th & 17th the Commons Lab hosted Washington D.C.'s first-ever Science Hack Day, co-sponsored with ArtsEdge from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This report summarizes the event and highlights hacks produced while providing future directions for bridging the hacking community and government initiatives.

Climate Change Adaptation and Population Dynamics in Latin America and the Caribbean - Perspectives from the Region

Oct 13, 2015
Latin America and the Caribbean face multiple risks from a changing climate, from sea level rise to glacial melt to extreme weather and disease. Recent population trends—particularly population growth and urbanization—will continue to be an important factor in influencing the region’s vulnerability and adaptive capacity.

The Anatomy of a Relationship: A Collection of Essays on the Evolution of U.S.-Mexico Cooperation on Border Management

Oct 09, 2015
Over the past decade and a half, the United States and Mexico have transitioned from largely independent and unconnected approaches to managing the border to the development and implementation of a cooperative framework. With contributions from government officials and other top experts in the field, this collection of essays explores the development of cooperative approaches to the management of the U.S.-Mexico border. The essays will be released individually throughout the fall of 2015 and published as a volume in early 2016.

Homeland Security as a Theory of Action: The Impact on U.S./Mexico Border Management

Oct 09, 2015
The events of 9/11, accordingly, initiated a wrenching turn in the way Americans viewed globalization and the manner in which their government understood and practiced internal security and external defense. This paper examines these developments from the perspective of the relationship between Mexico and the United States and their shared management of a common border. Although the emergence of a U.S. homeland security doctrine has significantly affected all trade and travel to and from the United States, it has had special importance for and a distinctive impact on U.S. - Mexico bilateral relations.

The Islamic State as Icarus: A Critical Assessment of An Untenable Threat

Oct 05, 2015
Few if any international security threats are consuming the world’s attention as much as the Islamic State terror group, or ISIS. What is the true nature of this threat, and particularly beyond its strongholds in Syria and Iraq? What threat does the group pose in neighboring countries and other key regions, and particularly South Asia?

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