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GAO reviews State bureau collaboration



GAO reviews State bureau collaboration
In July the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report assessing interagency collaboration between the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and other government entities. GAO’s report evaluates progress made by the Bureau to counter violent extremism, build partner counterterrorism capacity, and improve coordination since it was elevated to bureau status… Read More

State releases 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report



State releases 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report
This month the State Department released the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report. This is the 15th year the report has been published, and it is also the 15th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. On July 27, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah… Read More

GAO audits Counterterrorism Bureau coordination



GAO audits Counterterrorism Bureau coordination

The Government Accountability Office has released a report examining the Bureau of Counterterrorism. GAO notes that they found that the Counterterrorism Bureau was generally consistent with key practices for interagency collaboration...

White House establishes Interagency Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell



White House establishes Interagency Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell

President Obama announced the completion of the review of U.S. hostage policy on June 24. The President also announced the creation of an interagency Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell aimed at improving how the government develops hostage recovery plans...

Testimony critical of interagency cooperation in U.S. hostage policy



Testimony critical of interagency cooperation in U.S. hostage policy

On June 11, Army Special Forces Lt. Col. Jason Amerine spoke before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, testifying that a “dysfunctional” U.S. bureaucracy is the primary cause of failure in returning U.S. hostages...

IAP 16W (June 2015) Losing Lessons at the Water’s Edge



IAP 16W (June 2015) Losing Lessons at the Water’s Edge
by Benjamin Cabana Interagency coordination for complex contingency operations is an extremely difficult challenge. Bringing together the various tools of American power in a holistic manner is widely recognized as a serious roadblock to successful stabilization and reconstruction operations. Defense, development, and diplomacy are all required for a successful stability… Read More

New hostage strategy to follow interagency review



New hostage strategy to follow interagency review

Officials recently announced that an interagency review of U.S. hostage policy will be completed this spring. Possible changes to the U.S. hostage policy include the creation of a fusion cell dedicated to recovering American hostages...