18 Feb 2019

Cyber blitzkrieg replaces cyber Pearl Harbor

Greg Austin, one of Australia’s top cyber strategists, believes that major cyber powers like the US, China and Russia have begun to think about cyberwar in a different way. While in the past the focus was on developing “policies, processes, and procedures for identifying and responding to a multi-sector cyber attack

Read More
18 Feb 2019

Pence calls on European allies to withdraw from Iran deal as Merkel defends decision

Vice President Mike Pence and German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered rather contrasting addresses at the recent Munich Security Conference. Whereas Merkel defended the Iran nuclear deal, of which her country is part, Pence once again urged Germany and other European allies to follow his government’s lead and withdraw from the arrangement.

Read More
01 Feb 2019

Trump hails China trade talks progress and says he will meet Xi Jinping soon

At a meeting with Chinese vice premier Liu He at the White House, US President Donald Trump has stated that after two days of negotiations, the United States and China are on their way to reach the “biggest deal ever made”. Trump also said that he would have one or even multiple

Read More
01 Feb 2019

Senate rebukes Trump’s plan to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, Afghanistan

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted 68-to-23 to rebuke President Trump’s plan for withdrawing U.S. military forces from Afghanistan and Syria. The opposition to the President’s strategy primarily came from Republicans, who agreed with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that Trump’s plan is imprudent, as the threat posed by Islamic State,

Read More
01 Feb 2019

3 European Nations Create Firm to Trade With Iran, but Will Anyone Use It?

Britain, France and Germany have set up a company that will allow indirect trade between Iranian firms and companies from other countries using a currency other than the dollar. The three signatories to the Iran nuclear deal of 2015 hope this will encourage the Iranian government to stay committed to the agreement, which

Read More
01 Feb 2019

US envoy Stephen Biegun ‘reveals’ North Korea nuclear pledge

According to Stephen Biegun, the US special envoy for North Korea, the country has promised to dismantle its sites used for enriching nuclear material. The pledge was allegedly made to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his October 2018 visit to the country. Biegun’s claim has not been confirmed by the North

Read More
01 Feb 2019

Warren, Smith introduce bill to bar US from using nuclear weapons first

The potential use of nuclear weapons by the United States in times of conflict may become an important issue during the campaign for the 2020 US presidential election. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is one of the major candidates for the Democratic nomination for President and a member of the Senate Armed

Read More
11 Jan 2019

TLS Certificates for Many .gov Domains Not Renewed Due to Government Shutdown

Internet services company Netcraft warns that the ongoing US Government shutdown is putting Internet users at risk. The shutdown, which began three weeks ago, has prevented the renewal of TLS certificates for more than 80 .gov websites. Netcraft’s Paul Mutton explained that “[m]ost of the affected sites will display an

Read More
10 Jan 2019

The government shutdown is catastrophic for US cybersecurity

The current US government shutdown caused by a conflict over the budget, and in particular by president Trump’s refusal to approve legislation to fund the government if it does not include $5 billion for a border wall with Mexico, is having an immediate negative impact on the country’s cyber defenses. However, the

Read More
16 Oct 2018

United States or China as world leader? Asians overwhelmingly prefer the US, Pew study finds

“When asked if it would be better for the world to have the US or China as the leading global power, 73 per cent of Asian respondents – represented by polls taken in Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia – favoured the United States, versus 12 per cent

Read More