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Human Security Index

The mission of the Human Security Index Working Group is enhance the Human Security Index as a tool for accurately measuring health and human security status in the U.S. 


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House Directs Pentagon To Ignore Climate Change

     - by Kate Sheppard - May 23, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The House passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill on Thursday that would bar the Department of Defense from using funds to assess climate change and its implications for national security.

The amendment, from Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.), passed in what was nearly a party-line vote. . . The bill aims to block the DOD from taking any significant action related to climate change or its potential consequences.


CLICK HERE - Amendment from Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) - (1 page .PDF file)

CLICK HERE - Bill Text - H.R. 4435

CLICK HERE - Final Vote Results - H.R. 4435 - May 22, 2014

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Global Health as a Bridge to Security


CSIS - The Global Health Policy Center

Friday, November 2, 2012

12:00pm - 2:00pm
CSIS 1800 K St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
B1 Conference Room

Please join us on Friday, November 2nd from 12:00-2:00pm in the CSIS B1 conference center for a lunchtime launch of our new publication, Global Health as a Bridge to Security, which looks at the intersection of health and security in U.S. foreign policy over the last decade. The keynote will be given by Admiral William Fallon, U.S. Navy (retired), who chaired this effort, followed by a roundtable discussion with Admiral Fallon, Rear Admiral Thomas Cullison, U.S. Navy (retired), Ambassador Cameron Hume, and Dr. Ellen Embrey on the top priority agenda items for future military engagement overseas in public health.

**This event will be webcast live at:**


Podcast - If You're Happy, How You Know It - February 22, 2012

Social scientist Roly Russell, of the Sandhill Institute in British Columbia, talked with Scientific American's Mark Fischetti at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science about potentially better measures than GDP of a nation's well-being.


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APEC: Joint efforts to reduce disaster risks

Sunday, Nov 13, 2011

The public and private sectors signed a joint statement of intent at Apec to strengthen regional disaster risk reduction and resilience, following US Secretary of State's High-Level Policy Dialogue on Disaster Resiliency yesterday.

The Asia-Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilient Collaboration joint statement, which was signed by nine organisations at the Sheraton Waikiki, intends to use public private partnership as means to help save lives, ensure economic vitality, and enhance human well-being across the region.

The members also urged more organisations from Apec members to get on-board with their effort to reduce disaster risks and increase resilience in the the Asia-Pacific region.

The Human Security Index: Pushing the Perceptiveness Envelope on Security Situations?

submitted by David Hastings

The Human Security Index: Pushing the Perceptiveness Envelope on Security Situations?

How do we look at security?  With respect to American vs. other country interests, stability, terrorism?  Gathering intelligence on adversaries? Do we use GDP per capita, the Freedom in the World Index, Failed States Index, Happy Planet Index, Human Development Index, Global Competitiveness Index, Country Comparisons in the CIA World Factbook and other data/indicators to help with background?

But aren't those admirable approaches just subsets of our potential capabilities?  Would they have helped us to forecast and respond wisely to events of, say, 1848?  The Russian or Iranian Revolutions?  Did they help us respond wisely to Katrina or Deepwater Horizon?  Are they helping us with our many-year-evolving US Dollar, competitiveness, sustainability and social vulnerabilities?  To many, the answer is no.

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U.N./Brookings Meeting: Good Practices for Humanitarian Response in Complex Security Environments

To Stay and Deliver: Good Practice for Humanitarians in Complex Security Environments Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 9:00 am - 10:30 am The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC Humanitarian assistance providers have always acknowledged the risks inherent to their line of work, yet recent statistics demonstrate that this is a particularly hazardous time to be an aid worker. Within the past decade, casualty rates have tripled, reaching above 100 deaths per year. Since 2005, hundreds of major attacks have been reported on aid workers in Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia and other countries, prompting aid agencies to limit their presence in areas where assistance may be most needed. In response to the growing tension between maintaining humanitarian access and ensuring humanitarians' safety, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has documented strategies and practices for upholding effective operations in high security risk contexts. On June 21, the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement will host the launch of the OCHA- commissioned study, "To Stay and Deliver: Good Practice for Humanitarians in Complex Security Environments," with a discussion exploring risk management strategies to protect humanitarian operations and personnel.

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Failed States Index 2011 Launch Event: National Press Club on June 29


oin The Fund for Peace (FfP) and BENS for the launch of this year’s Failed States Index (FSI).  The FSI is a leading index that annually highlights current trends in social, economic and political pressures that affect all states, but can strain some beyond their capacity to cope.  Apart from the impact on their people, fragile and failed states present the international community with a variety of challenges. In today's world, with its globalized economy, information systems and security challenges, pressures on one fragile state can have serious repercussions not only for that state and its people, but also for its neighbors and other states halfway across the globe.

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Human Security Index for the U.S. Published

A paper introducing the Human Security Index for the USA has been published by IEEE Earthzine:

For those who might be curious about the global HSI, about 1/5 of the way through that paper is a short note on the global HSI.  In the 2nd paragraph of that section is a hyperlink to "global HSI version 2" which goes to a page hosting data, sample maps, and an evolving documentation note on the global HSI.

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