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PodcastsMay 20, 2020 | 21:36 GMT
RANE Insights: Practicing Safe Cyber Hygiene While Working Remote
David Lawrence sits down with FBI Special Agent Brad Carpenter and former FBI Deputy Director and current President and CEO of Consortium Networks Tim Murphy to discuss best practices for remote work and ways that companies can protect their systems and data in the coming months.
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AssessmentsOct 2, 2019 | 17:48 GMT
People hold posters depicting murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a candlelit vigil outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 25, 2018.
Why Saudi Arabia Can't Escape Jamal Khashoggi
U.S.-Saudi relations always were a marriage of convenience, but the murder of one man has come to lay bare the gulf in values between Washington and Riyadh. Indeed, one year after Jamal Khashoggi met his end in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the outspoken journalist has become a lasting symbol of the very different ways that the United States and Saudi Arabia view human rights, dissent and political values. And try as he might to limit the damage, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has failed to assuage outrage in the United States, leading to ever-greater calls in Washington, especially in Congress, for the country to reconsider its alliance with the desert kingdom. And given the present White House's support is one of the few factors papering over the cracks in the relationship, Saudi Arabia could be staring at deeper sanctions, fewer arms deals and more boycotts in the future
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AssessmentsAug 15, 2019 | 09:30 GMT
A visual representation of Facebook's cryptocurrency, Libra.
For Facebook’s Cryptocurrency, the Well May Already Be Poisoned
In June, Facebook made waves when it confirmed it was planning to launch its own cryptocurrency in 2020. Called Libra, the system will be connected to Facebook's massive user base, granting it the immediate potential of rivaling such established systems as Google Pay and PayPal. Indeed, Libra hopes to become the world's most widely adopted digital currency -- sparking the kind of economic revolution that cryptocurrency has long promised, but has so far largely failed to deliver. Unlike other digital coins, however, Libra's main barrier to success won't be its technology, but its image. The privacy concerns associated with Facebook, along with the general skepticism associated with notoriously volatile cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, are hardly relevant to Libra's platform and functionality. But that won't erase regulators' prejudices.
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AssessmentsMar 15, 2019 | 19:50 GMT
Supporters of the lead pro-military party in Thailand gather outside as the party's candidates arrive to register for country's upcoming election.
In Thailand, the Junta's Policies Will Prevail, Regardless of Who Wins the Election
After five years of extended military rule since the coup in 2014, followed by the death of iconic King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2016, electoral politics are tentatively resuming in Thailand. On March 24, more than 50 million voters nationwide will cast their votes for candidates vying for the country's House of Representatives. But after 15 years punctuated by bloody protests, coups and toppled governments, the memory of Thailand's tumultuous past remains fresh. And many are wary that the country could swing back into the cyclical disruptions that have jeopardized its status as a manufacturing powerhouse in Southeast Asia.
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AssessmentsMay 24, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
Pipes for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline lie stacked in Sassnitz, Germany, on Oct. 19, 2017.
The U.S. Casts a Suspicious Eye on Nord Stream 2
Germany is Europe's largest economy, but great size isn't helping it get its way on energy. Berlin is bullish on constructing the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a link that will deliver an extra 55 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas directly to Germany's doorstep, but the European pipeline politics that have hampered progress on the project have now grabbed the attention of leaders on the other side of the Atlantic. Worried by Russia's impact on Europe's energy security, the United States has made an unusual foray into the Continent's affairs, demanding that European backers of the pipeline drop their support, lest they face the wrath of Washington, which has predicated a new U.S.-European Union trade deal on abandonment of Nord Stream 2 and even threatened sanctions. As the debate within the European Union regarding Nord Stream 2 continues to simmer, the United States appears intent on defying even Germany
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Contributor PerspectivesApr 27, 2018 | 15:52 GMT
Protesters angry over water management took their grievances to the Chennai Super Kings home stadium.
Play-by-Play: A Water Dispute Spills Into Cricket and a Rich Offer for FIFA
The first full month of spring brought a ton of entertaining sports action, including the Commonwealth Games, the return of baseball and an exciting start to the NBA and NHL playoffs. The ugly side of competition also reared its head in April in the lead up to Champions League play in Liverpool, where nine Italian soccer hooligans were arrested after violence with Liverpool fans, casting an unfortunate shadow over a fantastic match. On the geopolitical side of the field, the past month brought headlines from some of our usual suspects, like FIFA, in addition to a contentious moment in Indian cricket and some rumblings of note from the U.S. legal system.
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On SecurityApr 24, 2018 | 08:00 GMT
Philippine lawmakers continue to wrangle over passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, adding to political uncertainty in Mindanao that could help Islamist militias there redevelop their strength.
Could Militants in the Philippines Make a Comeback?
Six months have passed since the Armed Forces of the Philippines officially wrapped up operations against Islamic State-aligned militants who had occupied Marawi City on the southern island of Mindanao. Liberating the southern provincial capital has yielded a significant peace dividend for the Philippine government. President Rodrigo Duterte continues to enjoy high popularity in the southern Philippines, local Moro leaders continue to support security forces in keeping the jihadist militant threat at bay, and despite anti-U.S. rhetoric emanating from Manila, cooperation with the United States on security matters has continued to grow. But the militant threat in the southern Philippines lingers, and underlying grievances driving the militancy remain largely unaddressed. At some point, the goodwill generated by the militants' defeat in Marawi City is going to run out, and the tenuous peace currently presiding over Mindanao will be tested over the next few months.
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AssessmentsFeb 22, 2018 | 09:30 GMT
Liquefied natural gas flows through an underwater pipeline to Israeli power plants.
The Eastern Mediterranean's New Great Game Over Natural Gas
For the energy industry today, few other places present such a complicated chessboard. The eastern Mediterranean has elicited more and more interest from major international oil companies, particularly in the wake of a series of discoveries crowned by the giant Zohr natural gas field off Egypt in 2015. Thanks to the sea's myriad riches, BP, Eni, ExxonMobil and Total have all descended upon the area, yet it has been less than plain sailing. In the past month, Italian oil and gas company Eni has found itself embroiled in two major political disputes -- one between Israel and Lebanon and another between Cyprus and Turkey -- over its activities in the region. With every country intent on using their resources for their own ends, the political challenges facing energy companies are part of the region's underlying complexity and challenges, all of which will likely stymie the development of much of the
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Contributor PerspectivesFeb 18, 2018 | 14:24 GMT
Attendees at an expo in New Delhi, India, take in a model of a "smart city," an urban area wired with connected information and communication technology systems.
The Low-Tech Secret to Cyber Resilience
Cities around the globe are increasingly striving to become smarter. As they take on 21st century challenges -- including the strain of growing populations, social tensions and environmental issues -- with shrinking budgets and failing infrastructure, urban areas are turning to advanced information and communication technology (ICT) to help ease their burdens. Smart cities are the future. Innovations such as cloud computing, the "internet of things," and artificial intelligence in automated vehicles or in smart sensors promise to enhance the quality of life for residents and commuters all over the world. These technologies stand to make services more efficient, promote economic development and improve sustainability. But the more cities use advanced ICT in their communities, the more vulnerable their infrastructure will become. To ensure cyber resilience in the cities of tomorrow, each metropolis will have to assess its competencies, capabilities, and capacities and invite local residents to participate in the effort.
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SnapshotsFeb 1, 2018 | 22:36 GMT
Australia, China: Stepping Up Scrutiny of Foreign Investment
Australia, one of the most China-dependent economies outside the developing world, is beginning to curb investment from the Asia-Pacific titan. China accounts for 30 percent of Australia's trade, in addition to investing in key sectors. But this reliance has long caused ripples of controversy, because it touches on the deeper fears of isolation and of foreign control arising from Australia's geopolitical position. Amid a roiling controversy over Chinese influence over Australian politicians and parties, the country unveiled tighter restrictions on investments, citing national security concerns while turning an eye toward China.
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SnapshotsDec 29, 2017 | 18:12 GMT
Global: Another Cryptocurrency Causes Ripples
While the world focuses on the ups and downs of bitcoin, another cryptocurrency, ripple (XRP), is making a splash. Since Dec. 27, the value of one XRP has increased by over 50 percent to as high as $1.83. This briefly pushed XRP to become the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, and it's now relatively even with ethereum. Bitcoin, on the other hand, has fallen by over 10 percent since the Dec. 27 announcement by South Korea that it would increase regulations on cryptocurrency trading and could close some of the country's cryptocurrency exchanges.
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AssessmentsDec 15, 2017 | 09:00 GMT
Bolivia and Brazil have an agreement to build a rail line through Bolivia that would connect the Peruvian port of Ilo with Brazil's rail network.
Getting Brazil's Infrastructure Back on Track
Brazil's breadbasket is centered in its fertile midwestern highlands with their subtropical climate conducive to growing grain. But given the poor transportation infrastructure connecting those grain-producing regions with major ports on the northeastern coast, Brazilian corn and soybeans often do not follow the most efficient route to export destinations. Considering the importance of agriculture to both Brazil's gross domestic product and its total exports, improving the efficiency of road and railway networks has been a priority for the country. Action on infrastructure projects until now has been derailed, but that is changing.
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Partner PerspectivesNov 16, 2017 | 09:15 GMT
Strolling through Riyadh, a couple of Saudi men play Pokemon Go.
Media, Youth, and the New Saudi Arabia
As the demands of the hyperconnected new generation increase, mobilizing public support for the kingdom's leadership -- through cultivation and crackdown -- is becoming a necessity for Riyadh.
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Contributor PerspectivesOct 11, 2017 | 09:30 GMT
Thanks to personalization, marketers and customers can find each other more easily.
Fake News in the Age of Facebook
Thanks to personalization, marketers and customers can find each other more easily. But what is good for the marketplace and the consumer is not necessarily good for the polity and its citizens.
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Partner PerspectivesSep 27, 2017 | 09:30 GMT
A photograph shows Abkhazia's Black Sea coast.
The Black Sea-Caspian Region in Post-Conflict Energy Security Cooperation Scenarios
As China has revived the old Silk road, the countries surrounding the Caspian and Black seas have become crossroads for commerce and economic development. But these states are also struggling to address challenges with energy security, and the solution for all may lie in regional collaboration.
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SnapshotsJul 3, 2017 | 21:27 GMT
Iran: Cashing In on Energy
The future of Iran's energy sector is taking shape as the country signs its first major deal with an international oil company in 10 years. Energy companies Total, China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), and Petropars signed off on a deal June 3 worth an estimated $4.9 billion to develop phase 11 of the South Pars natural gas field in the Persian Gulf. This is only the first of several contracts Iran is likely to sign off on with foreign investors in the coming months. However, the next challenge for foreign energy companies will be navigating the country's complex and politicized domestic environment. A challenge Total and CNPC are hoping the Iranian contractor, Petropars, will aid them with.
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Partner PerspectivesJun 9, 2017 | 14:03 GMT
A Snapshot of Key Developments in the External Relations of the Russian Gas Sector (Issue 71)
In last month’s edition of the Gazprom Monitor we examined the publication of Gazprom’s proposed commitments, and the invitation for feedback from stakeholders. The deadline for the submission of that feedback passed on the 4th of May, and the European Commission must now consider the opinions of stakeholders before deciding whether or not to accept Gazprom’s commitments.
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