Editor’s Notes for Volume XVIII

December 2022 Issue

The December 2022 issue of Homeland Security Affairs contains a research article which applies theories of biased decision-making to deterring attacks on maritime infrastructure and an essay which reviews a groundbreaking new book on counterterrorism.

In “Risk, Deterrence, and Prospect Theory: Decision Bias Influence on Quantifiable Deterrence Efficacy in Reducing Risk” Eric Taquechel examines the extent to which Prospect Theory is useful in helping to think about deterrence and risk reduction in protecting maritime infrastructure from attacks.

Next, Ted Lewis reviews Andrew Fox’s new book The Devil’s Toybox which examines the threat from a new type of terrorism that Fox labels Promethian.  

September 2022 Book Review Issue

For the September 2022 issue, Homeland Security Affairs has produced a collection of book reviews by CHDS faculty. Each faculty member was asked to identify and review a book that they have used in a CHDS class and which they believe provides a significant contribution to Homeland Security as an academic discipline.

Bijan Karimi reviews Daniel Khaneman’s classic Thinking Fast and Slow. Tom Mackin reviews Ted Lewis’ Critical Infrastructure Protection in Homeland Security: Defending a Networked Nation. David Brannan reviews three editions of Bruce Hoffman’s masterwork Inside Terrorism.  Erik Dahl reviews Amy Zegart’s Spying Blind. Caleb Cage reviews Community Disaster Recovery: Moving from Vulnerability to Resilience by Deserai Crow and Elizabeth Albright.  Sara Kay reviews The Servant Leader’s Manifesto by Omar Harris. Anders Strindberg reviews Peter Berger and Thomas Luckman’s Sociology of Knowledge classic, The Social Construction of Reality. Paul Lester reviews the second edition of Leadership in Dangerous Situations, Edited by Patrick J. Sweeney, Michael D. Matthews, Paul B. Lester, Sean T. Hannah, & Brian J. Reed. Florina Cristiana Matei reviews Juan J. Linz and Alfred Stepan’s, Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation. Finally, Christopher Bellavita reviews The Politics of Crisis Management: Public Leadership Under Pressure by Arjen Boin, Paul ‘t Hart, Eric Stern, and Bengt Sundelius.

May 2022 Issue

The May 2022 Issue of Homeland Security Affairs contains a research article which provides a comparative analysis of the Countering Violent Extremism/Counterterrorism policies of five Western nations and a research article which provides a critical analysis of the way that discount rates are used in FEMA hazard mitigation projects.

 In “Comparative Analysis of CT/CVE Policies: USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden, and North Macedonia,” Alberto Montrond, Anna Ekström, Rachel Nielson, Metodi Hadji-Janev and Elena Savoia compare the Counterterrorism/Counter Violent Extremism policies of five Western nations and analyze them along common themes.

In “Mitigation Saves? High Discount Rates Undermine FEMA’s Efforts to Promote National Resilience,” Luke Dodds explains how FEMA uses benefit cost analysis to assess proposed hazard mitigation projects and shows how the use of overly high discount rates distorts the selection process.

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