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Socio-demographic Profile of the Hispanic Population of the United States

Based on the 2017 American Community Survey estimates, 18% of the United States’ population claim Hispanic heritage. This site offers 308 separate tables across 50 nationalities, a veritable goldmine of information; based on the 2016 ACS, here is New Jersey’s Hispanic profile Please read this informative article from the Pew Research Center – How the U.S. Hispanic population is changing.


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The United States’ Role in Stabilizing Fragile States

As the United States slowly withdraws from world affairs, a power vacuum is created, and in many instances is being filled by either China or Russia. In certain parts of the world, these two powers are now the dominant players. The largest foreign presence in Africa is now China (see China in Africa from CFR) while Russia expands its influence in the Middle East and the Arctic, among other areas (see Containing Russia: How to Respond to Moscow’s Intervention in U.S. Democracy and Growing Geopolitical Challenge, especially pp. 15-17)

In these fractious regions, many nations are “fragile states“, states teetering on the brink of failure, chaos, and dissolution. Can the United States still play a role in these tumultuous times? Can this country still be a factor even as the current administration practices disengagement from world affairs/responsibilities? Can the United States mitigate the desperate circumstances in countries where infrastructure no longer exists and presents a breeding ground for terrorism? Can United States “soft power” offset the economic and geopolitical inroads developed by China and Russia? These considerations are examined in the just-released report – Beyond the Homeland: Protecting American from Extremism in Fragile States. This is an interim report; the full report will be released next year. But this slim volume does present scenarios and how the United States can counter or engage them.

An interview with the authors of this report, the same men who chaired the 9/11 Commission should be perused.



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National Security Reports – August 2018 Update

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Wildfire Statistics

With the whole West seemingly on fire, this CRS publication – Wildfire Statistics – crams a lot of data into two pages. Current through August 1, it makes for a sobering read. And yes, things are getting progressively worse over time.

Is climate change having an impact on the frequency and severity of the fires? Here are some readings of interest: Is Global Warming Fueling Increased Wildfire Risks?   (Union of Concerned Scientists); Wildfires and Climate Change (Center for Climate and Energy Solutions); How Climate Change Contributed to This Summer’s Wildfires (New Yorker); and  Wildfire responses to abrupt climate change in North America (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).


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National Security Reports – July 2018 Update

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National Security Reports – June 2018

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National Security Reports – May 2018 Update

Gina Haspel’s CIA Torture File (National Security Archive); Rare Earth Elements – Recent Developments; The First Responder Network (FirstNet) and Next-Generation Communications for Public Safety: Issues for CongressNavy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress, A Shift in the International Security Environment: Potential Implications for Defense—Issues for Congress , Maritime Territorial and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Disputes Involving China: Issues for Congress, China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress, Covert Action and Clandestine Activities of the Intelligence Community: Selected Definitions in Brief, Russian Compliance with the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty: Background and Issues for Congress, CRS Reports on the “Iran Deal”,(all CRS); Artificial Intelligence and National Security; Boko Haram Beyond the Headlines (Combating Terrorism Center); 2017 Internet Crime Report (FBI); Cybersecurity of Nuclear Weapons Systems Threats, Vulnerabilities and Consequences (Chatham House); Data Breach Trends – Year End 2017 (Risk Based Security); 2018 Special Operations Command Fact Book  (SOC); Privacy & Data Security Update: 2017 (Federal Trade Commission); Pre-Radicalization Criminal Activity of United States Extremists (START); Global Risks Report 2018 (World Economic Forum); Improving Security of United Nations Peacekeepers: We Need to Change the Way We are Doing Business (UN Secretary-General); and Global Food Security: A Primer (JSTOR).

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