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Washington's Perceptions about Russian and Chinese Cyber Power

... governmental perception behind Chinese and Russian command of cyberspace and their general cyber interaction with state authority. On the one hand, there is the assumption that this is a natural manifestation of the growing desire on the part of Russia and China to achieve global superpower status. On the other hand, there are the counter-arguments that emphasize China's and Russia’s own perception of inability to operate effectively against the United States in a conventional military confrontation....

01.06.2014 19:19:00

It's a MAD MAD MAD Cyber World

... aspect of the debate that heretofore has been relatively ignored: that the futility of governmental innovation in terms of defensive efficacy is a relatively constant and shared weakness across all modern great powers (whether that be the United States, China, Russia, Iran, India, Great Britain, France, etc). In other words, every state that is concerned about the cyber realm from a global security perspective is equally deficient and vulnerable to offensive attack and therefore defensive cyber systems ...

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 to influence, massage, and outright manipulate messages and events important to the national interest. Often the question is not so much whether a country’s intelligence community engages in such activity but rather how explicit and open will...

21.05.2014 19:43:00

Who is the Victim, Who is Winner: Sanction on Russia’s Defense Import?

... major custom for Ukraine defense export. Ukraine follows up the US-led sanctions on Russia, the economic hurting to Ukraine defense is limited, if Ukraine can guarantee Chinese order can be met in the following years. Maintaining the stable supply to China will be the way to approach China to balance Kremlin’s escalation. Unfortunately, the defense industrial bases are concentrate in the eastern regional in turmoil. In recent years, the capability-building of strategic project obviously has ...

06.05.2014 12:21:00

When is an IO not an IO? The Strange Case of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

... institutional design and internal agendas should call into question whether it should be classified as an IO at all. Renaming it a politically-motivated axis of convenience is less grand but perhaps a more accurate description of its nature and functions. China China's main position within Central Asia is economic, though certain security issues also exist. China is extremely interested in currying favor with Central Asia to help feed its voracious energy appetite. On the other hand issues of ...

03.05.2014 02:44:00

Banking on Bolshevism. Brazil’s “caviar left” spending billions to revive Cuba’s broken communist economy

... this underdeveloped region. Gangs, piracy and human trafficking dominate the scenario instead. Brazil has stepped up border patrols along its fronters with Suriname and Guyana, where similar conditions exist. Photo: EFE, Spanish Press Agency China, the quiet winner in the Latin American hegemony game Representing around 11.6% of world’s GDP, China has provided the Castro regime with billions of dollars in credits to strengthen military infrastructure and help Cuba’s struggling ...

07.03.2014 20:01:00

Artyom Lukin: China will be the principal winner in the battle for Ukraine

In the Ukraine crisis, there is one player who is going to win regardless of the outcome of the standoff. Yet this player has apparently nothing to do with the whole story. That is China. The leadership in Beijing must be secretly delighted watching the struggle between Russia and the West. The Ukraine crisis can seriously poison Moscow’s relations with Washington and Brussels for a long time to come, thus reducing their ...

06.03.2014 16:14:00

Energy Outlook 2035 - BP

... readers to decide, as at the end its personal preference. Changing the Engines of Growth – Asian Momentum & OECD’s Stagnation: Asia will manifest into the leading cradle of energy growth with more than a half of it coming from India and China. A key factor behind growth in these nations and similar countries, will be the most predictable – growth in population, with a respective need for energy. More specifically, the international energy markets will record a “hump-effect” ...

02.03.2014 19:14:00

Nuclear geopolitics. Shifting sands along Africa’s Uranium Road

... Australia. Even with French president Francoise Hollande sitting at 18 percent popularity in the polls France has conducted interventions in its former colonies; the Central African Republic, Mali and Niger all of which contain uranium deposits. China has become the new player in the club and its presence is being felt along Africa’s Uranium Road, the meridian that stretches from the Western Sahara to Sudan, where most of Africa’s major uranium producers are located. Sudan has been ...

19.02.2014 18:44:00

Trust Barometer Promotes Mistrust of Russia and BRICs

... government of president Vladimir Putin and has the hubris to remove South Africa from the BRICS grouping altogether. Does that sound political to you? Should the BRICS issue a response? Did South Africa leave the group? Grouping Brazil, Russia, India and China together, the study claims that “excluding China, they (the BRICs) exhibit the highest degree of trust in business as institution (Brazil 70 percent, Russia 45 percent and India 79 percent).” China is excluded because the gap in the ...

31.01.2014 03:43:00

Tetsuya Toyoda: Why Can the Chinese ADIZ be a Threat to the Peace in East Asia

... Chinese Concept of ADIZ The Chinese concept of ADIZ roughly follows what is generally understood as such by other countries. But there may be confusion with the territorial airspace. After the November 23 announcement, a military legal expert wrote in China's semi-official newspaper China Daily (Renmin Ribao)1): An air defense identification zone, as an area of airspace established by a coastal state beyond its territorial airspace, is designated to identify and monitor aircraft that enter ...

26.12.2013 11:04:00

The Arctic: China's New Domain

Latest reports published by various think tanks emphasize that China starts to pay more attention to the Arctic and that the climate change has impelled the Chinese Government to allocate more resources to research in the High Arctic.[1] The Foreign Ministry of Norway notes that the Arctic may become another region ...

01.12.2013 18:02:00

A Hazardous Game – The Strait of Malacca

... making it a vital connection between the Eastern and Western world. A stipulation that makes this route more strategic is that ~15 million barrels of oil pass there daily or 1/3 of the global oil trade, as tankers move from mainly Middle East to Asia (China, Japan, South Korea, etc.) It is not the only passage available there (e.g. Lombok-Makassar or Sunda Strait [very shallow]), but it is currently the most economically feasible for the region (Khalid, 2009; Casey & Sussex, 2012). I predominantly ...

08.10.2013 14:58:00

Gaye Christoffersen: The Sino-Russian Partnership in the Asia-Pacific

... world did not. This paper is a case study of how Beijing and Moscow failed to agree on the partnership’s identity and purpose during the 2012-2013 Diaoyu/Senkaku (D-S) territorial dispute. Russia’s response to the Diaoyu/Senkaku crisis A China-Japan dispute should offer Russia an opportunity to play one off against the other, and in the process develop an expanded role for itself in the Asia-Pacific, what Russians call “shift tactics.” A decade ago, Moscow successfully played ...

19.09.2013 13:32:00

Security is everyone’s concern?

... University) on 12th of September 2013, said that he would expect the decline in US interest in the region concerning the security issues. It seems that behind the scenes, analytical community agrees with Kuchera and turns its attention to Russia and China, waiting to see how the withdrawal of coalition leads the players of the Central Asian “Game” to change their behaviour and bid on different CA countries. United States - focusing on Uzbekistan, Russia - on Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan ...

18.09.2013 10:33:00

Alliance Redefined – Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Changing Landscape of Eurasian Geopolitics

... has built its unprecedented prosperity through strategically countering its prime enemy of each time; first it was the British Empire, then the Soviet Union after the World War II, and today the honorable seat of recognition seems to be occupied by China. America is renowned to put intolerably immense pressure on the second world power of contemporary time, measured either in military, political, or even economic terms[1] and this traditional strategy has secured its safe position as a dominant ...

05.09.2013 16:56:00

Wait, New Japan Just Forgot About Russia? –A political consequence of Japanese election 2013 on Russia-Japan relations

... may result in widening window of opportunity, or vulnerability, for Russia. I analyze that there are at least, but not only, two salient political consequence of the last election from a perspective of Russian interest. 1. Pivotal triangle of U.S.-China-Japan relations (constitutional amendment; Foreign relations and national security) Today’s U.S.-Japan relations cannot be portrayed without seeing China on its horizon. Many claim that Prime Minister Abe’s ambition to amend Japanese ...

16.08.2013 17:10:00

Oil and Gas Markets to 2025 - LUKoil

... transportation sector, where oil is the main energy source at over 90% of overall consumption. The biggest growth in transportation is unsurprisingly occurring in the developing part of the globe where figures will roughly triple from the current level. China will lead the way with the number of cars per 1000 people rising from only 40 to 200 by 2025 – amazingly this equates to a 220 million rise in vehicle numbers. At this pace China will have more vehicles either than North America or Europe....

25.07.2013 04:02:00


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