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Through our Steering Committee, corps of Senior Fellows, staff, and international network of experts, HSPI draws upon leaders from numerous disciplines and sectors relevant to national and homeland security – defense, intelligence, counterterrorism, public diplomacy, health care, behavioral sciences, religion and emergency management to name a few. HSPI has garnered a reputation as the forum where complex security issues are debated in confidential sessions that lead to practical strategies and solutions to address the causes and consequences of terrorism. The resulting solutions provide a foundation for reducing threats to the nation and contribute to preventing the expansion of extremist groups. Our core policy work includes:

Policy & Research

Situated at the forefront of a variety of security debates, HSPI conducts and spotlights cutting-edge policy solutions and innovative research. HSPI hosts numerous events that complement our ongoing policy work by featuring leading thinkers in a systematic way to better highlight their work and ensure exposure in key communities.

Recent events in our Policy & Research Forum Series have featured the Current and Former Secretaries of Homeland Security in a National Conversationon the Homeland Security Environment Looking Forward; and an Address by TSA Administrator John Pistole. HSPI has also had the privilege of hosting Charlie Allen, Former DHS Undersecretary for Intelligence & Analysis and CIA Assistant Director, for a discussion on his 50+ year career in intelligence; Phil Mudd, Former Deputy Director of CIA’s Counterterrorist Center and Former Deputy Director of FBI’s National Security Branch; and Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI), and former Senators Bob Graham (D-FL) and Jim Talent (R-MO) - who now serve as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the WMD Center, for a forum entitled "The Threat of Bioterrorism:  Improving America's Response Capabilities.” HSPI regularly publishes timely analyses of key events including:  commentary on the Arab Spring, WikiLeaks, Cyber Strategy, and the Counterterrorism Implications of the Deaths of Usama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki. HSPI has also released a groundbreaking report on Foreign Fighters: Trends, Trajectories & Conflict Zones; an assessment of the Gulf oil disaster, co-authored by a former FEMA Administrator; and a piece on the transition of US forces in Iraq which was followed by expert commentary solicited from key foreign policy and counterterrorism experts. More 

Ambassadors Roundtable Series

This ongoing forum engages ambassadors and cabinet level officials in an ongoing dialogue on international counterterrorism efforts. The series is designed to provide ambassadors to the United States and their key diplomatic staff, as well as U.S. officials and stakeholders outside government, with a forum to discuss current and future counterterrorism efforts on a regional or country-specific basis. To date, the Series has hosted over 40 ambassadors from every continent including those from Iraq, China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Israel, and the United Nations, Indonesia and Australia, as well as the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, and the U.S. Coordinator for Counterterrorism. The United Kingdom’s Home Secretary Dr. John Reid chose HSPI as the site to give his only major policy speech while visiting the United States.

This Series has distinguished HSPI as a critical forum in which to learn from one another’s experiences to advance security policies and promote common objectives and goals. More


HSPI is at the forefront of a wide range of homeland security policy issues. From counter-radicalization to emergency medical services, HSPI staff, senior fellows and steering committee members contribute and debate ideas and policy options through task force reports, op-ed pieces and a variety of policy papers. HSPI also has its own publications in the Issue Brief and Commentaries series’. Intended for the policy community, HSPI Issue Briefs are occasional papers on pertinent and pressing homeland security issues. "Cloud Computing Risks and National Security: Keeping Pace With Expanding Technology" is the most recent Brief. HSPI Commentaries seek to illuminate the issues of the day by raising important questions and challenging underpinning assumptions by fostering constructive debate among leading policymakers, academics, and observers. HSPI’s recent Commentaries are, "Supply and Demand: The Case for Community Medical Resiliency", "Iraq In Focus", and "Baghdad Surprise?". Additional publications include HSPI's recent report, "The Homeland Security Council: Considerations for the Future" and "Reflections on Jihad: A Former Leader's Perspective, An In-depth Conversation with Noman Benotman". More