05 May 2021

Senior Swiss diplomat in Iran found dead after fall from high-rise building

In Tehran, the first secretary at the Swiss embassy was found dead on Tuesday after falling from a high-rise building where she resided. The building is located in the north of Tehran, according to emergency services. The Swiss foreign ministry stated that an employee at its embassy had died of

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04 May 2021

Suspected Iranian Ransomware Group Targets Israeli Firms

Hackers suspected to have ties to Iran have reportedly targeted multiple Israeli companies with ransomware, representing a new campaign of attacks against the nation. The group calls itself N3tw0rm, or Networm, publishing evidence of different attacks to a dark website where they take responsibility for their hacks. On Sunday, the

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03 May 2021

Software Company Self-Reports Illegal Exports

German software company SAP SE has self-disclosed violating United States sanction laws on exporting products and services to Iran. The company admitted to carrying out thousands of export violations spanning a seven-year period. The company has agreed to pay penalties of more than $8 million as part of a global

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29 Apr 2021

U.S. Warship Fires Warning Shots in Encounter With Iranian Vessels

On Monday in the Persian Gulf, a US Navy patrol boat allegedly fired warning shots during a confrontation with three Iranian vessels. This incident was previously reported on but has developed over the past several days. The confrontation marks the first event in a year involving American warships. The standoff

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27 Apr 2021

Iranian Ships Swarmed U.S. Coast Guard Vessels in Persian Gulf, Navy Says

A group of Iranian boats allegedly harassed two US Coast Guard ships in the Persian Gulf earlier this month. Navy officials announced the incident, stating that it was the first of its nature in a year. The boats came from Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Gaurd Corps, according to the Navy.

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23 Apr 2021

Iran Nuclear Deal Talks Advance as U.S. Offers Sanctions Relief

The Biden administration has signaled that it would be willing to ease sanctions against Iran, including those targeting critical elements of the economy such as oil and finance. This will help to narrow the country’s differences in nuclear talks as Iran has been resistant to US pressure. Despite the progress,

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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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