The CSIS Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program shapes the policies needed to enhance U.S. and global security in the 21st Century.
Shaping the policies needed to enhance U.S. and global security in the 21st Century.
Terrorism and a range of other unconventional threats jeopardize U.S. and global security in the twenty-first century. Addressing these challenges requires that nations do two things: secure their territory from attack and mitigate threats at their source. The Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program analyzes how the United States and other countries work toward these goals. It considers the measures that nations can take—such as creating a national infrastructure that is impervious to physical damage—to enhance their domestic security. And it explores how best to combat global terrorism—such as by increasing cooperation between countries that face a common threat or by building indigenous capacity in those states and territories at greatest risk to extremist elements.
Past initiatives include studies on “homegrown” extremism in the United States and international approaches to border security. Current projects include studies on the future of al Qaeda and its affiliates; information sharing in law enforcement and counterterrorism; disaster preparation and relief efforts; and U.S.-EU security cooperation. The program also plays an active role in current debates over U.S. strategy toward Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and other states afflicted by violent extremism.