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  • November 14, 2019

    The city of Charleston, South Carolina, today released the Racial Bias Audit of the Charleston, South Carolina, Police Department. Final Report. Read more.

  • November 13, 2019

    For Immediate Release November 13, 2019 CNA RESEARCHERS ACCEPT NATIONAL AWARD FOR BODY-WORN CAMERA WORK (Arlington, VA) – The American Society of Criminology today honored two CNA researchers for their exemplary work on body-worn camera (BWC) research. James "Chip" Coldren and Denise Rodriguez received the Outstanding Experimental Field Trial Award during the 75th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology in San Francisco, CA. Coldren and Rodriguez were part of a team that worked on "The Effects of Body-Worn Cameras on Police Activity and Police-Citizen Encounters: A Randomized Controlled Trial." The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department launched its pilot test of body-worn cameras on the recommendation of an in-depth assessment CNA conducted for the department regarding use of deadly force policies and practices. CNA then partnered with criminal justice experts Anthony Braga and Bill Sousa to assist the department with an evaluation of the camera implementation, funded by the National Institute of Justice. The group found that officers equipped with body-worn cameras generated fewer complaints and use of force reports relative to officers without cameras. Camera-using officers also made more arrests and issued more citations than their counterparts without body-worn cameras. "It is a great honor to receive this award and for CNA to be recognized for the body-worn camera work it has supported through the years," said Rodriguez. "This research is far reaching. For example, the Las Vegas trial raised the possibility that body-worn cameras on officers may improve community perceptions of police, as use-of-force complaints decrease. CNA looks forward to continuing its research on this very important topic." For more information about CNA's body-worn camera research, click here. For media inquiries, contact Liza Cordeiro at or 202-650-4456. James R. "Chip" Coldren, the director of CNA's Center of Justice Research and Innovation, is a justice research expert with over 35 years of research experience in justice system effectiveness, police evaluation, crime prevention, corrections, juvenile justice and restorative justice. Denise Rodriguez, a research scientist at CNA's Center of Justice Research and Innovation, is a leading expert on law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and community policing. She has developed extensive experience in police policies and procedures, protocol development and assessment.

  • November 12, 2019

    Dmitry Gorenburg writes, "The end result is a relatively coherent picture of the world as a chaotic place and of Russia as a stabilizing agent within it."

    Russian Military Reform: "Russian Foreign Policy Narratives"

  • November 11, 2019

    Dmitry Gorenburg writes, "Russia's strategic objectives in the Nordic region are thus focused primarily on maintaining the status quo rather than changing the strategic environment or expanding Russian influence in a significant way."

    The Wall Street Journal: "On a Rocky Island, Russia Seeks Military and Psychological Edge"

  • November 10, 2019

    Jerry Meyerle writes, "The abrupt withdrawal from Syria and cynical disregard for the Kurds' contribution to the ISIS fight will undermine that trust and put U.S. forces and their missions at risk."

    Defense One: "Betraying the Kurds Makes Things Harder for U.S. Operators Everywhere"

  • November 8, 2019

    Michael Kofman says, "It's actually U.S. proxies attacking U.S. proxies on behalf of a U.S. ally."

    The Atlantic: "The World's Worst Game of Risk Is Playing out in Syria"

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