CSIS Cross-Disciplinary Work

Bridging gaps to improve capabilities in homeland security.

Initiative for a Renewed Transatlantic Partnership

On September 16, 2003, CSIS launched its Initiative for a Renewed Transatlantic Partnership. The Initiative is action- and future-oriented, multidimensional, and nonpartisan. It aims to produce a body of studies and an agenda of policy recommendations based on the fact that transatlantic cooperation lies at the heart of effective responses to the world’s most pressing strategic challenges, such as defense cooperation and confronting global terrorism. The confluence of a newly enlarged Europe that is focused on the ratification of its new constitution and European Commission and the start of a new presidential term in the United States generates the need for regular problem-specific discussions and strategic thinking among U.S. and European policy experts, politicians, and business and military leaders.

Globalization and Homeland Security

The internationalization of economic activity is reshaping how Americans work and do business. This affects security, technological leadership and the economy. Earlier episodes of globalization resulted in long and painful periods of adjustment for the U.S. Recovery came from improvements in general economic conditions, and also from changes in the behavior of firms, and in government policies. These experiences suggest it is useful to ask whether the U.S. has the right set of rules and policies in place to minimize the cost and seize the opportunities of globalization. The swift expansion of global networks has enhanced the world’s capacity for technological innovation and economic development. Those same global networks, however, are increasingly exploitable by terrorists to project power and do harm on a catastrophic level. In early 2004, the Technology and Public Policy Program held five workshops on the challenges that globalization has created for national policy. One of these conferences, held in April 2004, discussed both the opportunities and challenges of globalization as it pertains to Homeland Security, and drew on the expertise of Ambassador Cresencio Arcos, director of International Affairs for the Department of Homeland Security; Daniel Benjamin, former director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council; and Dr. Lawrence Kerr, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s assistant director for homeland security.

Model Guidelines for Disease Exposure Control

In the post-September 11th world, public leaders and communities must have at their fingertips practical strategies to mitigate the severity of bioterrorist attacks and newly emerging contagious diseases. CSIS has undertaken an effort to develop draft model guidelines for disease exposure control (DEC)--a new concept to help communities prevent or minimize exposure to contagious diseases and disrupt disease transmission, when vaccines or other medical countermeasures are inadequate or unavailable. The document will introduce the key concepts involved in developing disease control programs; it will describe the tools available for control programs, key policy issues that must be considered to ensure effective implementation, and make suggestions for protocols that may be used in the development of specific operational guidelines. The document is expected to be released in the fall 2005.

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