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Readout from Acting Deputy Secretary Grady’s Trip to G-7 Interior Ministers’ Meeting

Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Claire Grady represented the United States at the G-7 Interior Ministers’ Meetings in Paris, France last week, where she met with counterparts from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the European Union (EU) for discussions on a range of issues including combatting irregular migration patterns, counterterrorism efforts, managing foreign terrorist fighters, and fighting environmental crime.

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Trip Readout from Napa and San Francisco, CA

On Tuesday, February 26, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen traveled to Napa, California to participate in meetings with tech companies and foreign partners focused on combating terrorist use of the internet. During her engagements, Secretary Nielsen announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is overhauling its approach to terrorism prevention and called for a shift from a “whole-of-government” to a “whole-of-society” approach. She also announced that this year, DHS will convene a National Summit on Terrorism Prevention to bring together nonprofit organizations, community leaders and groups, state and local officials, law enforcement, and digital innovators to forge new partnerships to fight back against terrorist radicalization in our communities.

RAND Releases Report Commissioned by DHS on Building an Effective and Practical National Approach to Terrorism Prevention

On February 14, the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC), operated for the Department of Homeland Security by the RAND Corporation, released a new report on how to build an effective and practical national approach to terrorism prevention. The report, commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security, examines past terrorism prevention efforts and makes recommendations for future programs.

Accessing the Terrorism Prevention Literature Library

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) developed a comprehensive and publicly available literature review and ontology dashboard to organize CVE literature. This new capability streamlines the ability for end users and practitioners to access peer-reviewed and methodologically sound research products to develop an evidence base in the field of terrorism prevention for what works, what doesn’t, and why.

S&T Building Resilience to Violent Extremism Among Somali‐Americans in Minneapolis‐St. Paul

This study asked members of the Somali‐American community in Minneapolis‐St. Paul to describe the challenges of living in a refugee community, how violent extremists try to exploit their condition for recruitment purposes, and what resources and strategies are needed to minimize their vulnerability. Using ethnographic methods, this study looked at the everyday lives of Somali‐American adolescent boys and young men in the context of their families and communities.

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