17 Jul 2018

Drought in Afghanistan aggrevates political tensions with Iran

Afghanistan’s agricultural sector has been hit by severe draughts, whose impact is made worse by its extremely limited water storage and irrigation capacity. These environmental and infrastructural problems damage not only the Afghan economy, but spill over into heightened tensions with neighboring Iran, which many in Afghanistan believe to be

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16 Jul 2018

North Korea reportedly threatened to sell missile technology to Iran unless Israel paid $1 billion

In an attempt that reveals the greatest threat from a nuclear North Korea, a North Korean diplomat allegedly threatened an Israeli diplomat that, unless Israel paid North Korea $1 billion, it would sell ballistic missile technology to Iran. While this reportedly took place back in 1999, it highlights the proliferation

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06 Jul 2018

U.S. Vow To Protect Persian Gulf Trade Routes From Iran

The U.S. has restated its commitment to maintaining open waterways in the Persian Gulf, following an implicit Iranian threat to block the route if the U.S. continues in its efforts to prevent its allies from importing Iranian oil. The waterway is an important channel of free navigation, and is used

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05 Jul 2018

Iranian APT poses As Israeli cyber-security firm in spearphishing attempt

An Iranian cyber-espionage group posed as one of the cyber-security firms that identified its previous hacking efforts in a failed spearphishing attempt. The group copied the Israeli companies official website using a similar domain. The fake website was found while still under development, and was never successful in its objective. 

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05 Jul 2018

Belgian couple from Iran arrested for planned attack on Iranian opposition group in France

A Belgian couple of Iranian heritage were arrested in the final stages of a plot to bomb a large rally held by an Iranian political opposition group. U.S. politician and President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was among the speakers, and it is uncertain whether the attack was a direct

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21 Jun 2018

State Department: Russia, Iran ‘hedging their bets’ to back Taliban

A senior State Department official testified that Russia and Iran are “hedging their bets” by supporting the Taliban against other terror groups and the central government. These accusations have been regularly leveled at Russia who is often charged with providing weapons to the Taliban. Russia rejects the charges, but the

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21 Jun 2018

Former Israeli minister arrested for allegedly spying for Iran

A former energy minister and Knesset member has been detained by Israel on accusations of spying for Iran. The individual ran a successful medical practice in Nigeria, where he was allegedly recruited before traveling to Iran on multiple occasions. His connections to Israeli businessmen and security personnel in Nigeria, where

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06 Jun 2018

Iran develops new uranium enrichment capacity

Although the move does not violate the 2015 nuclear accord, Iran’s action sends a strong warning about the consequences of withdrawal. This move will assemble the parts necessary for centrifuges, but will not assemble them unless the deal collapses or until the end of the 10-year restriction embedded in the

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05 Jun 2018

Report: Trump mulling direct US military action to take Yemen port

Responding to what is considered by some to be the worst humanitarian situation in the world at present, President Trump is allegedly considering direct action to seize the country’s main port used to deliver humanitarian aid. The move has been requested by the United Arab Emirates and others who form

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11 May 2018

Three Critical Factors Increasing Cyber Risk for 2019

What cyber threat do China, Russia, and Iran present for the remainder of 2018 and 2019? Matt Devost provides some insight into the geopolitical elements influencing that answer.

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