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Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act introduced to Senate



Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act introduced to Senate
Earlier this month Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016, S. 2551. The act aims to help prevent acts of genocide and mass atrocities, which threaten national and international security,  by enhancing U.S. civilian capacities to prevent and mitigate such… Read More

Improvement needed in monitoring counter-firearm trafficking efforts



Improvement needed in monitoring counter-firearm trafficking efforts
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released a report earlier this month detailing U.S. agencies’ efforts in countering firearms trafficking in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico. The report was published within days of GAO’s recent follow-up report on firearms trafficking between the U.S. and Mexico. The report examines illicit trafficking across… Read More

Report assesses business and stability operations task force



Report assesses business and stability operations task force
RAND Corporation recently published a report assessing the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations in Afghanistan. The task force was a multi-year endeavor for the U.S. Department of Defense, and sought to use private-sector strategies to create sustainable economies in Iraq and Afghanistan. Task force operations began in Iraq… Read More

Task force provides update on anti-human trafficking efforts



Task force provides update on anti-human trafficking efforts
On January 5, the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) released a fact sheet detailing some of PITF’s recent accomplishments. PITF’s anti-trafficking efforts focus on rule of law, victim services, procurement and supply chains, and public awareness and outreach. The fact sheet provides an… Read More

State effort to combat illicit tobacco trade



State effort to combat illicit tobacco trade
Last week the U.S. Department of State issued The Global Illicit Trade in Tobacco: A Threat to National Security, a publication outlining the whole-of-government effort to combat the illicit trade in tobacco. The publication was released on December 2, at a meeting of the Interagency Working Group to Combat Illicit… Read More

Interagency partners support refugee admissions



Interagency partners support refugee admissions
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Leon Rodriguez addressed the House and Senate last week on the subject of the Syrian refugee crisis and its impact on the security of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). Rodriguez’s written remarks were delivered to the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee… Read More

Leadership needed for Interagency Rotation Program



Leadership needed for Interagency Rotation Program
On November 17, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report following their review of the proposed Interagency Rotation Program included in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Interagency Rotation Program included in the 2013 NDAA called for national security personnel to be assigned to work at another… Read More

Assist. Secretary testifies on SW border trafficking



Assist. Secretary testifies on SW border trafficking
Earlier this week Amb. William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, testified before the United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control. Brownfield spoke on U.S. counternarcotics assistance to Mexico, including the Merida Initiative. In his remarks, Brownfield discussed the U.S. role in… Read More

InterAgency Journal 6-4 (Fall 2015)



InterAgency Journal 6-4 (Fall 2015)
Inside this issue: Features The State Department: No Longer a Gatekeeper by Edward Marks The End of End State – Strategic Planning Process for the 21st Century by William J. Davis Five Lessons for Strengthening Interagency Relationships by Thomas Kreutzer The Use of Special Operations in Conflict Resolution: Assessing the… Read More

Defining diplomacy



Defining diplomacy
He ordered another bottle … in honor of a career so comfortable that it is called The Career and a ministerial department so superior that it is called The Department. “Les Ambassades”, Roger Peyrefitte Most countries provide professional education for their diplomats and some operate establishments specifically for that purpose.… Read More