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Eurasia The Security Briefing

Russia’s cyber blindspot: Vulnerabilities and measures

Russian officials have announced plans to disconnect the nation from the wider internet to protect against cyber-attacks. Frequently depicted as a cyber aggressor, Russia suffers from numerous significant weaknesses in its own approach with cyber-attacks. This article covers Russia’s past vulnerabilities to major cyber attacks and how these measures would be deficient in currently preventing one.

Latin America Risk Pulse

New Pirates of the Caribbean: Growing instability in Venezuela

Globally, the threat of piracy has been tackled with impressive and effective joint international efforts. In some parts of the world, though, the threat is growing.

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Location, Location, Location: UAE upping Somalia trade links amidst resurgent piracy threat

Despite the return of piracy off Somalia’s coasts in 2017, the UAE and others continue to bank on the region, sinking millions into new infrastructure.

Asia Pacific Security

Kidnapping risk on the rise in the Philippines

With Indonesian and Malaysian sailors recently being taken hostage by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), a Philippine terrorist group with a long history of kidnap-for-ransom operations, what is the risk

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Piracy in West Africa targets the region’s oil industry

Mostly conducted by Nigerian pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, piracy in West Africa has been on the rise for the last years and has proven to be much more sophisticated

Economics International

Northeast Passage to revolutionize global shipping

Developing the Northeast Passage could revitalize Arctic regions, allow the shipping industry to bypass politically unstable areas and reduce travel costs and carbon emissions. But the project is dependent on

Economics International

MINT: the new emerging market acronym

In 2001, Jim O’Neill coined the term “BRIC” (Brazil, Russia, India and China). As the BRICs may face economic slowdown questions arise over what emerging market group will replace them.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Despite Recent Progress, Instability Persists in Somalia

Just one year ago, Somalia, which has weathered near-constant conflict of varying intensity since 1991, looked poised to finally emerge from the cycle of violence and economic despair. A new

Asia Pacific Security

Trade to Benefit from Japan-India Strategic Alliance

The trend towards a growing alliance between Japan and India has gained momentum for some time, due to ongoing developments in the region involving China. Much focus in the international

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

West African Piracy Is On the Rise

The word “piracy” has in recent years evoked two images in the average Westerner’s mind: that of Johnny Depp as a swashbuckling Caribbean rogue in the Disney franchise, and the