The cyberthreat posed by terror groups today looks less like war than hacktivism—the use of online subversion or sabotage, often by loosely networked actors, to boost a political agenda. Within these opportunistic webs of affiliation, whether a hacker has an operational link to a terrorist organization is largely irrelevant. Any sympathizer can use digital tools to deface websites for propaganda value, encourage acts of violence, or cause economic disruption. In response, firms and governments can do more to improve defenses, educate users, and monitor hacktivist capabilities.
The Regional Cold Wars in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East: Crucial Periods and Turning PointsMay 21, 2015
The Regional Cold Wars in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East systematically explores the crucial turning points in the Cold War on all of its diverse fronts and examines the mutual interconnections of events in diverse regional Cold War theaters.
U.S. officials have been deluding themselves that they can fight ISIS in Iraq without cooperating with the Shi’a militias and Iran. The defeat in Ramadi proves them wrong. The goal of the new intervention in Iraq is to defeat ISIS. The United States needs to focus on that goal and work with the militias, or get out.
Despite its legal status, Germany has never been an ordinary non-nuclear weapons state. In "The Persistent Legacy: Germany's Place in the Nuclear Order," Andreas Lutsch explores the historical dimensions of Germany's ambiguous position in the global nuclear order and re-examines Germany's efforts to revise its NATO role as a host for US nuclear weapons.
In continuation of our alumni interview series, we talked with former Title VIII-supported Research Scholar Edward (Ted) Holland to hear his reflections on his fellowship. Dr. Holland is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Miami University, Havighurst Center. See the discussion below on issues concerning religion and identity in some of Russia’s non-ethnic Russian republics today.
The essay “Situational Approaches to Crime and Violence: A Case Study of Latin America,” is one in a series of essays written for the Wilson Center by Ambassador Adam Blackwell, Secretary for Multidimensional Security at the Organization of American States (OAS). This essay is available in English and Spanish.
The essay “The Police that we Deserve: A Discussion for the Future,” is one in a series of essays written for the Wilson Center by Ambassador Adam Blackwell, Secretary for Multidimensional Security at the Organization of American States (OAS). This essay is available in English and Spanish.
Spring 2015 edition of the Noticias newsletter
China and Russia demonstrate a growing affinity in their national interests and diplomatic styles. Americans have often dismissed Chinese and Russian international ventures with broad attacks understood by Chinese and Russians as cultural condescension and used by their presidents to consolidate domestic support. The United States would engage China and Russia more effectively by focusing debate on specific policy issues and omitting more general criticism.
Marlene Laruelle argues that the United States should engage more in the Arctic as a means of establishing cooperation patterns with Russia after the Ukraine crisis. Furthermore, priority should be given to join projects and information sharing, and Russia should be supported in its efforts to open and securitize the Northern Sea Route.