Intelligence

The Soviet-Vietnamese Intelligence Relationship during the Vietnam War

In CWIHP Working Paper No. 73, "The Soviet-Vietnamese Intelligence Relationship during the Vietnam War: Cooperation and Conflict," Merle Pribbenow explores the role played by Soviet Union’s intelligence agencies, namely the KGB and the GRU, in the Vietnam War.

My ‘Rosewater’: 105 dark days in an Iranian prison

I resisted seeing “Rosewater,” the film by Jon Stewart about the ordeal of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was arrested and imprisoned in Iran in 2009. I did not want to relive the horror of my own 105 days in solitary confinement in 2007 in Evin Prison, where Bahari was also held.

Russia and Ukraine: Hybrid War in the Donbas

Much discussion has taken place about the political implications and outcomes of the conflict in Ukraine, but these have been shaped by military realities on the ground. Michael Kofman discussed the current military balance and the actual state of Ukraine’s military and defense industry. The tactics employed in this summer's fighting by all sides will have implications that reverberate throughout the process of ceasefire and political settlement. It is important to understand the military nuances in order to gain perspective on Ukraine's options in the future. 

Why Kobani Matters

Very few Americans had heard of Kobani until a couple of days ago. But the sleepy Syrian border town, a few football fields away from Turkey, has become a microcosm of the U.S. challenge in fighting Islamic State—and underscores why Syria is likely to be a far tougher campaign than Iraq.

Fraternal Support: The East German ‘Stasi’ and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War

CWIHP Working Paper No. 71, "Fraternal Support: The East German ‘Stasi’ and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War" by Martin Grossheim explores the relationship between the East Germany Ministry for State Security and newly constituted Vietnamese intelligence service.

The Coalition of Convenience

In an effort to avoid any parallels to Bush 43's war in Iraq, the Obama administration has studiously avoided the use of the term "coalition of the willing" in its campaign to line up allies in the fight against the Islamic State (IS). It's just as well.

Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Next Generation

The war on terrorism has not been won, Gabriel Weimann argues in Terrorism in Cyberspace, successor to his seminal 2006 book, Terror on the Internet. Even though al-Qaeda’s leadership has largely been destroyed and its organization disrupted, terrorist attacks take 12,000 lives annually worldwide and jihadist terrorist ideology continues to spread. How? Largely by going online and adopting a new method of organization.

Government and Business: Cooperation or Conflict?

While governments are responsible for intelligence gathering in pursuit of national security, much of the technology and tools they rely on are created and owned by private companies. Consequently, there are significant opportunities for cooperation and conflict. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

This is part 3 of the REWIND series on Surveillance, Security, and Trust.
 

Featured Speakers

Meg King, National Security Advisor to the Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center

Do Friends Spy on Friends?

Do friends spy on friends? It’s a simple question requiring a complex answer. The question represents one of the most contentious aspects of the new global security environment. And while keeping an eye on allies as well as enemies is nothing new, agreement on where to draw lines on such activity remains elusive. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

This is part 2 of our series on Surveillance, Security, and Trust.

Jailing a Journalist to Shame Rouhani: Jason Rezaian’s Arrest in Iran Is a Ploy to Weaken Rouhani

 Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post’s correspondent in Iran, was arrested in Tehran on July 22 almost certainly not because of anything he had written, but because the hard-liners among Iran’s ruling elite seek to embarrass and weaken President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate. For good measure, they arrested Mr. Rezaian’s wife, Yeganeh Salehi, also a journalist, and two American citizens working as freelance journalists.

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