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On SecurityJul 16, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
A kit is seen next to the sink of a Walmart bathroom in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Feb. 10, 2019, after a woman was caught trying to shoot either heroin or fentanyl.
The Fentanyl Epidemic Will Spread Far Beyond America's Shores
For many, fentanyl is a uniquely American problem -- one that primarily stems from the over-prescription of opioids to treat pain symptoms. Others may consider it to be a North American issue, as Canada has also been hit hard by the scourge. Indeed, powerful organized crime groups, especially ones in Mexico, have recognized the potential for vast profits in the fentanyl trade in the two countries. But closer inspection reveals a growing ripple in the use of fentanyl (a term I use generically to refer not only to fentanyl itself but also to carfentanyl and other fentanyl-related substances) across the globe. At present, the phenomenon outside the United States and Canada remains tied to sales on the dark web and supplies that arrive by mail, but the same factors that have made fentanyl attractive to Mexican cartels will also make it appealing to other organized crime groups around the world,
AssessmentsMar 10, 2018 | 15:36 GMT
Diplomatic pouches can be the source of illicit weapons brought into a country, all under the eyes of border security.
The Diplomatic Pouch: A Hands-Off Exception to Border Inspection
Diplomatic couriers travel first class and are the first to board when bearing a diplomatic pouch and the first to deplane upon arrival to keep an eye on any larger diplomatic pouches in the belly of an aircraft. They monitor when the hold is secured -- and when it is reopened -- to ensure thieves don't attempt to grab the sensitive material or spies don’t try to clandestinely examine the contents of the pouch in what's known as a "black bag" job. They also travel under black diplomatic passports, ensuring smooth and uninterrupted travel. But unlike Hollywood’s depiction of diplomatic couriers -- with black briefcases handcuffed to wrists -- the average air traveler would never be able to spot a courier in transit. In many cases, they keep their bright orange diplomatic pouch inside a normal carry-on bag, stuffed under the seat. The most important aspect of a courier's job is
Contributor PerspectivesJan 8, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
Digital games have exploded in popularity, and militaries around the world have taken notice.
The Digital Games That Militaries Play
The global video gaming population grew to an estimated 2.2 billion people in 2017. This included around 64 percent of Americans. Given this level of participation, I perhaps shouldn’t have been surprised that the industry in 2017 generated some $149 billion in revenue. And all the forecasts show that these numbers will continue to grow in the coming years. The demand for competitive gaming -- popularly known as "eSports" -- seems particularly remarkable to me. According to a recent report, the revenue generated by that sector grew by some 41.3 percent over the last year. And people are interested in watching these events. Some 194 million individuals did so in 2017; by 2020, an additional 100 million are expected to join them. The explosion in digital gaming has been accompanied by military interest in similar technologies, which have been deployed in battlefields around the world.
On SecurityNov 16, 2017 | 08:00 GMT
The damage that professionally trained terrorists can inflict makes them a far more dangerous threat than grassroots attackers who have no training.
Professional Terrorists Are Still the Greater Threat
At Stratfor, I have long argued that grassroots jihadists pose a persistent and deadly threat. Indeed, I have warned for many years of the vulnerability of soft targets to these terrorists armed with simple weapons. However, I disagree that those attacks pose the "greatest" threat to the Unites States -- or the rest of the world for that matter. The danger from professional terrorists is far greater.
On SecurityJun 22, 2017 | 18:51 GMT
Encryption technology continues to advance rapidly and is becoming more pervasive, making it more difficult for governments to monitor communications and break robust coding.
Technology Helps the Lawless Find Digital Safe Spaces
Advancements in digital encryption will soon put the communications of terrorists and other criminals beyond the reach of law enforcement. And in the wake of the London Bridge attack on June 3, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to work with democratic governments on cyberspace regulations to prevent the spread of extremism and terrorist planning. She drew heavy fire from the press and privacy advocates when she suggested that internet encryption was providing "safe spaces" for terrorists to operate.
AssessmentsFeb 4, 2010 | 21:48 GMT
China Security Memo: Feb. 4, 2010
Operating in China presents many challenges to foreign businesses. The China Security Memo analyzes and tracks newsworthy incidents throughout the country over the past week. (With STRATFOR interactive map)
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