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IISS Cyber Report: Questionable deterrence in cyberspace

US indicts Russian nationals for meddling in election; disagreements over efforts to regulate online content; Twitter cracks down on malicious bots.   On 16 February, the United States Department of Justice indicted three Russian organisations and 13 Russian citizens for conspiracy to ‘defraud the United States…for the purpose of interfering with the US political and

Munich Security Conference – the end of diplomacy?

The Munich Security Conference traditionally reflects the current state of the world. This year's meeting was marked by reciprocal finger pointing. Real solutions were a scarce commodity, says Matthias von Hein.   There were years in which the Munich Security Conference transmitted signs of understanding and hope. None of that was evident

Is Europe bold enough to counter US ambivalence?

The Munich Security Conference is expected to be dominated by US President Donald Trump's ambivalence toward traditional alliances, leaving Europe no choice but to step up its defense initiatives.   So much for basing scholarly foreign-policy debate on the international order. "The world is becoming less international and less orderly," Ambassador Wolfgang

Video: Experts discuss an era of new geopolitics

By Ryan Hass, Bruce Jones, Robert Kagan, Suzanne Maloney, Jung H. Pak, Alina Polyakova, and Thomas Wrig  As part of a new Brookings Foreign Policy project, experts discuss the major dynamics at play in an era of new geopolitics. From China and North Asia, to South and Southeast Asia and the Middle East, to Russia and Europe,

Watch List 2018: Wars, Conflicts, Terrorism

Editor's note: Crisis Group’s early-warning Watch List identifies up to ten countries and regions at risk of conflict or escalation of violence. In these situations, early action, driven or supported by the EU and its member states, would generate stronger prospects for peace. It includes a global overview, regional summaries,

People for sale: Where lives are auctioned for $400

Tripoli, Libya - "Eight hundred," says the auctioneer. "900 ... 1,000 ... 1,100 ..." Sold. For 1,200 Libyan dinars -- the equivalent of $800. Not a used car, a piece of land, or an item of furniture. Not "merchandise" at all, but two human beings. One of the unidentified men being sold

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