05 Mar 2019

Trump targets India and Turkey in trade crackdown

Just as the US-China trade war seems to be coming to an end with both countries working to finalize a new trade agreement, the US government has announced significant unilateral changes in its trade relations with India and Turkey. US President Trump stated that his administration is ending the preferential

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25 Feb 2019

Donald Trump delays tariff hike on Chinese goods, sending stock markets soaring

US President Donald Trump on Sunday night announced that his administration will be delaying an increase in trade tariffs with China, which was bound to occur after 1 March in the absence of a new trade deal between the two countries. Trump claimed that “substantial progress” has been made in

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22 Feb 2019

The Cyber Threat Analysis Report Volume 1, Edition 1

OODA Network Expert Michael Tanji provides insightful analysis of the most recent and significant cyber news.

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14 Feb 2019

Could Russia and Belarus trade oil for national sovereignty?

The Belarusian and Russian presidents have been locked in meetings over several days in recent months, prompting rumors that the two countries are exploring deals that could see Belarus fall under the control, directly or indirectly, of Russia. Relations between Russia and Belarus have remained closer than most former soviet

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13 Feb 2019

EU adds Saudi Arabia, Panama to dirty-money blacklist: 23 countries now included

The European Commission maintains a list of countries that do not meet minimum thresholds for oversight against terrorism financing and money laundering. This list and its accompanying policies require European Banks to carry out additional checks on transactions that involve countries from the list. Being a member of the list

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12 Feb 2019

Venezuela hopes to create non-dollar trading bloc

Venezuela is seeking to build a trade bloc that conducts transactions outside the U.S. dollar, allowing it to finalize oil sales beyond the reach of U.S. sanctions. China, Russia, and India are Venezuela’s prospects for the bloc. “We can all build one economy and that economy does not necessarily have

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12 Feb 2019

AI & Data: Avoiding The Gotchas

Research on artificial intelligence has highlighted the importance of quality data: a machine learning device is “only as smart as the data it’s allowed to cull through,” after all. So, how do you mitigate the risks posed to AI development by bad data? Forbes offers a couple of strategies. First,

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08 Feb 2019

No talks between Trump and China’s Xi before trade deadline

Contrary to a statement made by the U.S. president last week, Donald Trump has now said that he will not be meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping before March 1, which is the deadline set by both leaders for the negotiation of a new trade deal between their countries. President

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07 Feb 2019

Understanding China’s AI Strategy

China’s views, strategies, and prospects for A.I. in the areas of economics and national security will play a significant role in world politics and U.S. foreign relations. It is important, therefore, to work to understand them, without overgeneralizing, to the greatest extent possible, as these understands are essential for informing

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31 Jan 2019

Venezuela’s Maduro Has 20 Tons of Gold Ready to Ship. Address Unknown

Sources have indicated that the Maduro regime in Venezuela has set aside nearly $1 billion in gold reserves, around 20% of the country’s total, for departure to an unknown location. The regime has been propped up from complete collapse through billions of dollars from Russia and China, and some have

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