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Winter 2012-2013

2012 has been a tumultuous and unsettling year in many parts of the world – but the world didn’t end!

Fighting continues unabated in Syria while the international community struggles to formulate an appropriately calibrated response to put an end to civilian deaths (which number an estimated 40,000 since March 2011) and stabilize the country. The recent outbreak of war in Gaza between Hamas and Israel seems to have precipitated a successful vote at the UN to grant Palestine non-member observer status in late November, although it is unclear what impact this will have on the resolution of the ongoing and entrenched hostilities.

U.S. national efforts to reduce threats from terrorism at home and abroad continue apace with new controversies and questions of application and efficacy arising about Unarmed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones. The effectiveness of Fusion Centers established in the aftermath of 9/11 to collect and collate actionable intelligence has come under question by Congressional review.

Domestically, vulnerabilities from natural disasters and active shooters continue to capture national and international attention in the aftermaths of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey and the Newtown (CT) school massacre.

It’s always time(ly) to think about Terrorism, Security Management, and Risk-related issues. To keep up with (an admittedly small slice) of these topical matters, visit and bookmark my topical RSS feeds.

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