15 Apr 2021

Drone Attacks Iraq Airport Housing U.S. Troops

On Wednesday, a drone equipped with explosives attacked a US air base in northern Iraq, according to US and Iraqi officials. No casualties were reported at the base, which doubles as an airport in the city of Erbil, according to a statement made by the interior ministry of the Kurdistan

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14 Apr 2021

Iran Says It Will Enrich Uranium to 60%, in Effort to Strengthen Hand in Nuclear Talks

Iran has announced that it will begin to enrich some of its uranium stock to 60% for the first time in history, a move that is likely designed to strengthen its hand in the developing nuclear talks between Washington and Tehran in Vienna. The announcement also comes just days after

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12 Apr 2021

Iran Blames Israel for Attack on Nuclear Facility, Vows to Retaliate

On Monday, Iran accused Israel of conducting an attack on its main nuclear facility. The attack reportedly destroyed centrifuges that resulted in an electricity blackout. The attack occurred despite talks of resuming negotiations between Washington and Tehran over a deal that would constrain the latter’s ability to produce a nuclear

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07 Apr 2021

C-Suite Considerations Regarding Current Geopolitical Tensions

Something is different in the geopolitical situation today. The reasons are probably a combination of factors that include the pandemic, the rise of the global grid of cyberspace, plus the payoff of years of planning and strategic moves by our adversaries. But whatever the reasons, the world today is more complicated and more dangerous than the world of just a year ago, and in many cases the risks being faced by open societies have never been seen before. The changes are so significant, OODA recommends all business leaders take stock of the geopolitical situation and assess how the nature of these changes should impact your business strategy.

“The world is a more dangerous and complicated place than it was just a year ago. Your corporate strategy and defensive posture needs to reflect that”

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07 Apr 2021

Iranian ‘spy ship’ damaged by explosion in Red Sea

An Iranian ship, called the Saviz, has been damaged by an explosion that occurred while the ship was anchored off of Yemen’s Red Sea coast. The ship is allegedly used by Revolutionary Guards to spy on foreign entities, according to Iran’sforeign ministry. The blast caused no casualties and is still

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06 Apr 2021

U.S., Iran Begin Indirect Talks to Revive 2015 Nuclear Deal

On Tuesday, Western and Iranian officials kicked off talks aiming to revive the broken 2015 nuclear accord, a deal that the US pulled out of under the Trump administration after repeated violations on behalf of Iran. The negotiations will challenge the current tensions between Washington and Tehran, as Iran has

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01 Apr 2021

APT Charming Kitten Pounces on Medical Researchers

Researchers have found that the advanced persistent threat group with known links to Iran called Charming Kitten has been targeting genetic, neurology, and oncology professionals in a credential-stealing campaign. Security researchers have linked the campaign, which occurred in late 2020, to the Iranian group, stating that the APT sought to

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31 Mar 2021

As Their Ties Strengthen, Will Iran and Russia Coordinate Their Influence Campaigns?

Iran and Russia have a relationship that has wavered between strong mutual support and contention.  Currently, the two have drawn closer having the same strategic goal – offsetting U.S. influence in the Middle East.  Russia provides Iran with significant economic and military support. With sanctions applied against Iran by the United States and Europe, Tehran has forged closer economic ties with Moscow, highlighted by Iran’s joining a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union, of which Russia is prominent member. This post dives into what CEOs and other business leaders should know about this geopolitical dynamic.

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08 Mar 2021

Iran-Backed Houthi Rebels Say They Targeted Saudi Oil Port

On Sunday, Iran’s Houthi rebels announced that they had attacked a major Saudi Arabian oil port located on the Perian Gulf. The Iranian forces reportedly used drones and missiles to conduct the attack. Saudi authorities claim that the strike caused no casualties or damage to the facility. The Saudi Energy

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05 Mar 2021

U.N. condemns up to 23 killings in Iran’s border area with Pakistan

At least 12 people have been killed on the border of Pakistan and Iran, according to a statement made by the UN on Friday. The border is located in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province, where Iranian security forces and Revolutionary guards have allegedly used lethal force against fuel couriers from ethnic minorities.

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