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Interagency Task Force formed to reunify families



Interagency Task Force formed to reunify families
On February 2, the Biden Administration released an Executive Order establishing an interagency task force on the reunification of families. The mission of the task force is to reunite children separated from their families at the United States-Mexico border. The task force will be chaired by the Secretary of Homeland… Read More

House HSC hears testimony on cyber threats



House HSC hears testimony on cyber threats
The House Homeland Security Committee heard testimony on cyber threats and resilience on February 10. Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) opened the session by asserting the Biden Administration’s commitment to cybersecurity as “an urgent national and economic security issue.” Thompson also stated that cybercrime cost the global economy $1… Read More

‘The General and the Ambassador’ – North Macedonia’s entrance to NATO



‘The General and the Ambassador’ – North Macedonia’s entrance to NATO
The latest episode of “The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation” was released earlier this week. In this episode, Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy and guests Ambassador Jess Baily and Major Gene Enriquez discuss North Macedonia’s entrance into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Baily and Enriquez describe their work to… Read More

‘The General and the Ambassador’ discuss USAID in war zones



‘The General and the Ambassador’ discuss USAID in war zones
“The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation” recently released their fiftieth episode. In this episode, Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy discusses the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) role in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan with Senior Mission Directors Hilda “Bambi” Arellano and Ken Yamashita. Arellano and Yamashita describe the… Read More

“The General and the Ambassador” discuss role of development in national security (pt. 2)



“The General and the Ambassador” discuss role of development in national security (pt. 2)
On September 19, part two of Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy’s conversation with former Acting U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Alonzo Fulgham and former Senior USAID Mission Director James Bever was released on “The General and the Ambassador.” This episode continues the examination of the role of development assistance… Read More

“The General and the Ambassador” discuss role of development in national security



“The General and the Ambassador” discuss role of development in national security
On September 7, Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy was joined by former Acting U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Alonzo Fulgham and former Senior USAID Mission Director James Bever on a new episode of “The General and the Ambassador.” This episode is a departure from the podcast’s typical format. Instead… Read More

“The General and the Ambassador” discuss the U.S., Kyrgyzstan, and Central Asia



“The General and the Ambassador” discuss the U.S., Kyrgyzstan, and Central Asia
In a new “The General and the Ambassador” podcast, Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy is joined by General Blaine Holt and Ambassador Tatiana Gfoeller to converse on the United States, Kyrgyzstan, and Central Asia. General Holt and Ambassador Gfoeller describe their efforts to keep the Manas base as an airbridge for… Read More

State Department releases 2019 Country Reports on Terrorism



State Department releases 2019 Country Reports on Terrorism
Earlier this year, the Department of State released their Country Reports on Terrorism for 2019. The Country Reports on Terrorism are published annually, and cover developments in countries in which acts of terrorism occurred, countries that are state sponsors of terrorism, and countries determined by the Secretary to be of… Read More

“The General and the Ambassador” focus on Latin America and the Caribbean



“The General and the Ambassador” focus on Latin America and the Caribbean
This month “The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation” dropped another two-part interview, this time featuring guests Admiral Kurt Tidd and Ambassador Liliana Ayalde. The two joined Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy for discussions about the United States’s role in Latin America and the Caribbean. Part one centers on Tidd and… Read More

2020 Trafficking in Persons report released



2020 Trafficking in Persons report released
The Department of State released the 2020 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report in June of this year. The TIP report acts is a comprehensive assessment of efforts to combat human trafficking in the U.S. and around the world. This edition of the TIP report also looks back at the evolution… Read More