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So many American politicians upset with the Israelis for the attacks on Gaza. .....Using weapons largely obtained through the United States... .....hmmmmm.....does that mean America is responsible for the Gaza deaths? President Putin is on the phone. He would like an answer to that question.

Crosston Matthew
Опубликовано:
20.07.2014 23:13:00

Saving Lives or Saving Face? Sanctions, Russia, and the West

... universally consistent across all of the accusations of Russian troop build-up along the border of Ukraine in 2014 has been one single thing: NO RUSSIAN TROOPS HAVE MOVED INTO UKRAINE OR LAUNCHED ANY OFFENSIVES. Given this indisputable evidence that even intelligence and diplomatic agencies in the West admit, it seems that Russia was punished today for, well, for having its soldiers hang out on its OWN sovereign territory. Sanctions based on possible mental intent let’s call it. Which leads me to ...

Crosston Matthew
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17.07.2014 18:57:00

The Strange Bedfellows of a New Deadlier Iraq

Judging by any host of news organizations and commentary shows on television you would think Iraq has already fallen completely into the hands of a radical Islamist terrorist group called ISIS. While it is true the military and strategic gains achieved by the group so far this year have been impressive and unexpected by leaders in the West, this lack of expectation may be accounted for more by the absence of diligence on the part of Western analysts covering the Middle East than by any miraculous...

Crosston Matthew
Опубликовано:
01.07.2014 20:06:00

The Fast and The Furious in Gas Geopolitics

The interplay between Ukraine and Russia when it comes to gas geopolitics goes far beyond economic negotiations and development. It lies at the heart of what has been fairly inaccurate or uninformed media reporting in the West. This aspect of the conflict has been so poorly documented in the West, while being exhaustively reported in Russia, that it is time to provide some English language background to this underappreciated aspect still powering the conflict in negotiations between Ukraine and Russia...

Crosston Matthew
Опубликовано:
19.06.2014 17:56:00

To Live and Die in Donetsk

... assumption that the only way authorities in Kyiv would take to arms and resort to violence was if the Russians made it inevitable with their own attacks. This is clearly what has NOT happened in eastern Ukraine. Russia did not invade. Whatever Russian intelligence or special operation forces happen to be in eastern Ukraine at the moment, they are decidedly and some might say surprisingly inactive. Collecting data? Reporting back to Moscow? Absolutely. But actively being the sole forces responsible ...

Crosston Matthew
Опубликовано:
16.06.2014 01:08:00

Problems of Perspective: The Intelligence Community and American Academia

Thirteen years after Sept. 11, 2001 the United States still rightly prioritizes the development of new cadres for the intelligence community. This emphasis is not just logical because of the continued threat of terrorism but also makes sense when considering demographics: the oncoming retirement of the baby boom generation requires that new talent take its place. Developing ...

Crosston Matthew
Опубликовано:
08.06.2014 04:23:00

Washington's Perceptions about Russian and Chinese Cyber Power

... and Russia because of this highly subjective and judgmental characterization of the entire governmental cyber capability in Russia? This is likely to be considerable. The United States invests heavily in cyber security and several members of the Intelligence Community work to create cyber weapons meant to preserve US military predominance. However, there are still missed opportunities according to authorities in Washington. Recall this is more than anything about ending the zero-sum cyber game ...

Crosston Matthew
Опубликовано:
01.06.2014 19:19:00

It's a MAD MAD MAD Cyber World

... lethality. The formal lack of an open policy arguably indicates hesitancy on the part of the United States to develop a ‘weaponized virtual commons.’ Rather than being an indication of unfeasibility, this reluctance seems to be a nod to intelligence considerations, meaning the United States is arguably more satisfied developing its offensive capabilities in secret, as part of more covert operations rather than as a piece of overt policy. This article argues the emphasis on covert offensive ...

Crosston Matthew
Опубликовано:
29.05.2014 15:02:00

Spies Don't Tweet: Why Social Media is Only a Grassroots Tool

The Intelligence Community, regardless of regime type, has famously always tried to co-opt and ultimately adopt advancements and evolutions in technology, especially in terms of media. Newspapers, radio, and television have long been appropriated in order ...

Crosston Matthew
Опубликовано:
21.05.2014 19:43:00

Putin-Mongers

... In short, international law is a grab-bag of mysterious and contradictory interpretations based on power and priority. Russia simply admits it more readily, and more publicly, than the United States. Putin has put hundreds, if not thousands, of intelligence agents into Eastern Ukraine and they are causing all of the unrest. This last one is disheartening simply because it is an avoidance of political and military reality on the ground in Ukraine and as a result could be influential in the continuing ...

Crosston Matthew
Опубликовано:
14.05.2014 18:11:00

The Unintended Consequence of Maidan

Oh how fickle and strange ‘revolutions’ can be. Perhaps the Western academic world can be forgiven for its presumptuousness: after all, it has been nearly a generation since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and subsequent march of ‘democratic revolutions’ all over the globe. Well, actually, that is partially true. What has erupted all over the globe has largely been the triumph of democratic language: most regimes, whether they truly resemble democratic best practices or...

Crosston Matthew
Опубликовано:
10.05.2014 21:12:00

Surrounded Tiger: The Indian Intelligence Condition

The complexity of India’s foreign policy and domestic power dilemmas has led to many Western states inaccurately judging the country’s approach to intelligence strategy. India’s intelligence challenges break down most effectively into the categories of domestic, regional, global, and emerging: Indian domestic aspects of security: Political fragmentation Domestic insurgency Indian regional ...

Crosston Matthew
Опубликовано:
03.05.2014 02:48:00

Transatlantic Homeland Security and collective action

... example, lived in Germany and regularly travelled both to Asia and USA while planning their attacks. Such patterns of travel, movements of funds, communications and interpersonal relations can only be analysed and effectively monitored by multinational intelligence cooperation and extensive information sharing. Only by pooling intelligence resources can the USA, Canada and the European States hope to surmount the inherent flexibility of terrorism and effectively determine intent for active prevention....

RIEAS Research Institute for European and American Studi
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14.10.2013 20:50:00

National Security and Intelligence Reform: The Case of Greece

... in Madrid, July 7th 2005 in London and most recently July 18th 2012 in Burgas, Bulgaria, indicate, or actually prove, that the distribution and analysis of information by those who are competent to eliminate international terrorism is inefficient. Intelligence cooperation is still an obstacle for information analysis due to the combination of a net centric world, which facilitates terrorist groups with ethnocentric perceptions. Moreover, the fact that intelligence services are integrated into ...

RIEAS Research Institute for European and American Studi
Опубликовано:
05.10.2013 13:53:00

 

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