19 Sep 2022

“The Era of the Global Internet is Over” According to CFR Task Force Report

Nate Fick, who was confirmed last week to lead the State Department’s Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy, was also the co-chair (along with Jami Miscik of Global Strategic Insights) of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Independent Task Force on Cybersecurity.

In May, the CFR Task Force delivered their final report, “Confronting Reality in Cyberspace: Foreign Policy for a Fragmented Internet”, which concluded “that, —among other things—the era of the global internet is over; Washington will be unable to stop further fragmentation; data is a source of geopolitical competition; the United States has taken itself out of the digital trade sphere (undercutting Washington’s ability to lead abroad); cybercrime is a pressing national security threat; and Washington and its allies have failed to impose sufficient consequences on attackers.”

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10 Aug 2022

Sri Lanka’s ousted president seeking entry to Thailand after weeks in Singapore

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former Sri Lankan president, has requested to enter Thailand for a temporary stay. This marks the second Southeast Asian country Rajapaksa has attempted to enter after he fled his nation last month due to mass protests. The Thai foreign ministry reported the request on Wednesday. Rajapaksa entered Singapore

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09 Aug 2022

German diplomat arrested in Brazil for alleged murder of husband

German Consul Uwe Herbert Hahn is currently being held in custody under orders from a Brazilian Judge due to claims that Hahn murdered his husband in Rio de Janeiro. The orders deny defense claims of diplomatic immunity. Rio police took Hahn into custody on Saturday after Walter Henri Maximilien Biot,

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01 Jun 2022

Israel Signs Free-Trade Agreement With UAE in First of Its Kind Deal with Arab State

Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed a free-trade agreement this week less than two years after they established formal diplomatic relations. The establishment of formal diplomatic relations was brokered by the US. The free-trade agreement is recognized as the first of its kind, and was singed into action on

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26 Jan 2022

UK Royal Navy seizes more than $20 million worth of drugs in Gulf of Oman

The British Royal Navy has reportedly seized more than one ton of illegal drugs worth almost $20.3 million from the Gulf of Oman. The operation allegedly lasted almost three hours and occurred on Sunday. The UK Ministry of Defence issued a statement concerning the operation, which took place in international

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25 Jan 2022

US troops on alert as West voices unity

US President Joe Biden released a statement confirming total unanimity with European leaders regarding Russia’s controversial troop build-up on the border with Ukraine. Western powers reportedly agreed to unprecedented sanctions against Russia if it were to invade during crisis talks on Monday. The US has placed 8,500 troops on “high

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20 Jan 2022

North Korea says it will reconsider its moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests

On Thursday, North Korea stated that it plans to evaluate all of its temporally suspended activities and bolster its defense against the United States. The announcement may be a reference to its self-imposed moratorium on testing nuclear weapons. The moratorium has been in place since 2017. Pyongyang is banned from

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15 Sep 2021

Both North and South Korea fire ballistic missiles as tensions rise on peninsula

On Wednesday, both North and South Korea tested ballistic missiles as tensions rise between the neighboring countries. Pyongyang fired the first missiles, sending two into waters off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula. The missiles were fired just minutes apart around 12:30 p.m. local time. Seoul followed the launch

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25 Aug 2021

All students and staff at Afghanistan’s only girls’ boarding school flee to Rwanda

On Tuesday, officials from the School of Leadership Afghanistan announced that all students and staff had been evacuated to Rwanda to flee violence from the Taliban. The school was Afghanistan’s only girls’ boarding school. The move came just days after the Taliban ousted the government in Afghanistan, resulting in a

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08 Feb 2021

EU, UK and U.S. to speak with Navalny team after Russia expels diplomats

The European Union (EU) is planning on convening for a video conference on Monday to speak with allied of the jailed Kremlin critic and opposition figure Alexei Navalny. The EU will be joined by spokespeople from the US, Canada, Ukraine, and Britain to discuss Russia’s handling of an extremely volatile

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