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The Counterterrorism Group (CTG) is issuing a FLASH ALERT to all those voting across the United States. The current CTG threat matrix indicates there is a HIGH PROBABILITY that individuals may attempt to interfere, or have an influence, with in-person voting. We base this assessment on comments from social media and the general response from both extremist groups and Trump supporters in response to President Trump’s ongoing rhetoric. President Trump’s reelection campaign openly voiced interest in enlisting ‘poll watchers’, referencing those supporting him as an “army” (Image 1). There is no clear information on what a poll watcher actually will door the legitimacy of their role on election d

ISIS Digital Reboot

Eleanor Parker, Federico Bertola, Kaitlynn Belmont, Maaz Qureshi, Riley Hall, CICYBER September 14, 2020 ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), also known as ISIL (The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) or Daesh, is a terrorist group and a global threat through its violent ideology and network of terrorist fighters.[1] ISIS has strong digital capabilities that allow it to both recruit and act in cyberspace.ISIS’s cyber abilities allow its members to spread propaganda media contents across social media, and, through experienced hackers and technically-savvy individuals, deface websites especially targeting US government pages. A collective effort by the international community is requ

3C Report (Claims, Conflicts, and Capital)

Team: Jackson Malmgren and Arlinda Xhuveli, CRIME Team Week of: October 5, 2020 Geographical Area; Continent | Europe Countries within the Geographical Area | Armenia, Azerbaijan Bordering Countries Affected | Turkey, Russia, Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh (self-declared) Map of Nagorno-Karabakh territorial dispute- Armenia and Azerbaijan Conflict[1] Summary: Border clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia have recently escalated into a war over two aspects: territorial control in the region and the recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh, a region comprising a mostly Christian ethnic minority group. An estimated 150,000 people are struggling from this disruptive and sudden standoff between Armenia and

Re-evaluating the Threat of Cryptocurrencies as a Means for Financing Terrorism

Henry Carson, Rob Maxey, Illicit Finance October 16, 2020 Terrorist organizations are always adapting their tactics for funding illicit activities in the face of steadfast efforts by governments and financial institutions to deter them. And given the global rise in popularity of cryptocurrencies over the past few years and their benefit of allowing individuals to conduct financial transactions outside of traditional regulated financial systems, many people are concerned that terrorist organizations will seize this opportunity to perform financial activities while evading global counterterrorism efforts. However, due to successful ongoing counterterrorism efforts and substantial barriers to c

Sudan Flooding: Impacts and Consequences

Aman Barekzai, EMH2 October 5, 2020 The least developed countries in sub-Saharan Africa, such as Sudan, are becoming more vulnerable to the increasing risks of climate change. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as of October 5, up to 800,000 Sudanese have been affected by the record floods since July, and 368,000 have been displaced, with numbers expected to rise.[1] In combination with other crises such as food insecurity, armed conflict, and infectious disease outbreaks, Sudan is facing difficulties in effectively addressing these challenges. By encouraging Agencies, Organizations, and Companies (AOCs) to provide humanitarian assista

COVID-19 and the Future of Iran

Austin Taylor, EMH2 September 21, 2020 Number of cases (blue), number of deaths (red) on a logarithmic scale, and number of deaths the previous ten days (dotted black).[1] For the past seven to eight months, Iran has been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic came after a period of civil unrest preceding Iran’s election for its president and legislature. It is highly likely that Iran will continue to experience an increase in reported cases and deaths as a result of COVID-19. During this time, opposition groups such as the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as well as the National Council for the Resistance of Iran (NCRI) will continue to challenge the Iranian governme

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