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January 21, 2015

How Obama fell short on cybersecurity

Joel BrennerPOLITICO Magazine

Under the president’s proposals, we’ll remain America the vulnerable.

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December 10, 2014

The new industrial espionage

Joel BrennerThe American Interest

The information revolution has rendered obsolete the legacy legal regime on intellectual property rights, enabling spying for commercial purposes to morph into a strategic issue.

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October 24, 2014

Nations everywhere are exploiting the lack of cybersecurity

Joel BrennerWashington Post

US military and security officials can blow things up with a keyboard and a mouse. They’ve done it. Some even say they were behind the Stuxnet cyberattack that destroyed thousands of centrifuges in an Iranian nuclear enrichment facility. 

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October 22, 2014

It will take more than natural resources for Africa to rise

Calestous JumaAl Jazeera

The rise of 3D printing could do for Africa what semiconductors did for Taiwan in the 1960s.

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July 25, 2014

Putin in July (or the fight for Russia’s soul)

Elizabeth A. WoodWashington Post

The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 has put Vladimir Putin in a bind, evidence that he has unleashed forces in Eastern Ukraine that he cannot entirely control. But he may have also unleashed forces in Moscow, which, while still not very strong, are beyond his control. 

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July 21, 2014

Smallpox: the long goodbye

Jeanne GuilleminBulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Last week, six vials of smallpox virus were discovered in a disused closet at the National Institutes of Health, where they had lain, forgotten and misplaced, for over 30 years.

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June 18, 2014

The legacy of unlearned lessons, and the current crisis in Iraq

John TirmanWBUR: Cognoscenti

The advances of the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) deep into the heart of Iraq from its base in Syria is an occasion for introspection in the United States. 

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June 16, 2014

The case for doing nothing in Iraq

Barry PosenPolitico

Whenever there’s a crisis anywhere in the world, you can count on America’s pundit class to demand action—usually of the military variety. 

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June 16, 2014

ISIS continues dramatic takeover of territory in Iraq

Jim WalshWBUR: Cognoscenti

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks to Jim Walsh, an expert in international security at MIT's Security Studies Program, about the developments in Iraq and Ukraine. 

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May 28, 2014

Is Japan back?

Richard SamuelsThe National Interest

The title of this article evokes a 2012 campaign promise by Prime Minister Abe Shinzō who declared that he would “take back Japan”. Since his election and the triumphant return of the Liberal Democratic Party, the idea that “Japan is back” has become a standard part of discussion about Japan. But the campaign promise and the discussion it engendered beg two important questions: First, where did Japan go? And, second, which Japan are we talking about?

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May 16, 2014

India's new leader faces old scars

Priyanka BorpujariBoston Globe

Friday morning, 2,500 kilograms of ladoo, an Indian sweet, were being unpacked at the headquarters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or Indian Peoples’ Party. By late afternoon, it was clear that the party’s poster boy—63-year-old Narendra Modi—would become India’s 14th Prime Minister. 

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May 12, 2014

Ukraine: part of America's 'vital interests'?

Barry R. PosenThe National Interest

Though the intensity of Western discourse about Ukraine might lead one to conclude that serious strategic interests are threatened by Russia’s annexation of Crimea and meddling in eastern Ukraine, the United States and even its allies have few interests in Ukraine, and our past and present policies are at odds with the interests we have.

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April 17, 2014

When your work suddenly comes home

Jim WalshWBUR: Cognoscenti

For me, the Boston bombings of a year ago seem both far away and right beneath the surface.

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April 14, 2014

Imagining invasion on Vladimir Putin’s doorstep


Life was already hard enough for Ukrainians. But now they also have to worry about a Russian army on the march.

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April 12, 2014

Why India must stay the nuclear hand

Vipin NarangThe Indian Express

Revising India’s no-first-use posture, as the BJP is purportedly considering, would be unnecessary and dangerous.

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April 12, 2014

Chinese signaling in the East China Sea?

M. Taylor FravelThe Washington Post

The dispute between Japan and China over the sovereignty of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands is one of the most volatile flashpoints in East Asia today.  

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March 21, 2014

The Ukrainian paradox

Jim WalshWBUR: Cognoscenti

The Ukrainian paradox is not a math problem. It has more to do with chess than equations. 

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March 16, 2014

Leave Iran's missiles out of nuclear talks

Mansour SalsabiliBulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Controversy over Iran’s ballistic missile program intensified during the most recent round of talks between Iran and its six negotiating partners, the P5+1, or the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, as the two sides disagreed over whether the topic should even be discussed. 

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February 21, 2014

Crimes against humanity: why we must never become numb to the phrase

Jim WalshWBUR: Cognoscenti

This week has witnessed (what seems like) daily snowstorms, Ukraine teetering on the brink and that quadrennial spectacular known as the Olympics. But there were two other events worth noting. 

Priyanka Borpujari

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August 29, 2013

'Talk to my eyes, not to my chest'

Priyanka BorpujariBoston Globe

In January 2012, BBC reported that India has more than 70,000 newspapers and over 80 news channels. It is the biggest newspaper market in the world, with more than 100 million copies sold daily. Stalwarts from the Indian media, at a recent conference, agreed that people in South Asia generally had a strong faith in newspapers, which is why the industry continues to thrive. But what also thrives is violence against women journalists in the field, and their ongoing harassment within the journalism fraternity.