The CSIS Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program shapes the policies needed to enhance U.S. and global security in the 21st Century.
The United States continues to face the evolving threat of international and domestic terrorism, as well as an emerging set of challenges in securing borders, developing national and community resilience against natural disasters, and ensuring the continued security of critical infrastructure. The Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program analyzes how the United States and other countries work toward these goals, especially in an age of limited budgets and difficult decisions. It considers the measures that nations can take—such as creating a national infrastructure that is resistant to physical damage, enhancing resilience, or increasing cross-agency cooperation—to enhance their domestic security.
Past initiatives include studies on disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and resilience; the evolving dynamics of South Asian militancy; international homeland security cooperation; “homegrown” extremism in the United States; the future of al Qaeda and its affiliates; and information sharing in law enforcement and counterterrorism.
The project aims to serve as a leading voice in the national and global conversation on homeland security and counterterrorism issues.