Protesters Stand Tall with Standing Rock

Pipeline Opponents Endure (and Make Some Progress)

For months, Native American protesters and their supporters have physically blocked construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline at Lake Oahe in North Dakota. They have garnered lots of attention and made some small progress, however, it's difficult to determine how the battle will end.


Maritime Security Initiatives

A Paper Tiger or a Concrete Solution?

By Steve Sin, Brecht Volders and Sylvain Fanielle

In response to the potential threat of terrorism from weapons of mass destruction, the international community has launched various political and legal initiatives to prevent illicit trafficking of radioactive and nuclear materials via maritime means.


The Geography of an Explosion

Damage and First-Year Recovery in West, Texas

By Michelle Meyer and Marccus Hendricks

Today, more than 1,300 facilities nationwide store the same type of chemical that exploded in West, Texas in 2013. For all these facilities and especially for those located near schools, nursing homes, or hospitals, understanding the potential damage and recovery outcomes of such events is crucial to developing response and recovery plans as well as informed future land-use decisions.


Money Matters

Rapid Post-Earthquake Financial Decision-Making

By David Wald and Guillermo Franco

In the immediate aftermath of a damaging earthquake, billions of dollars of relief, recovery, and insurance funds are in the balance through new financial instruments that allow those with resources to hedge against disasters and those at risk to limit their earthquake losses and receive funds for response and recovery.


100 Years of Terror

The Black Tom Explosion and the Birth of U.S. Intelligence Services

One hundred years ago, on a small peninsula near the Statue of Liberty, an explosion rocked New York City with a force that decimated nearby neighborhoods. That event came to be known as the Black Tom explosion, considered to be the first U.S. act of domestic terrorism and the impetus for our modern day public safety agencies.