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Cybersecurity is too big a job for governments or business to handle alone (WEF)

Leader Partner, Cyber-Risk, Oliver Wyman
Partner, Financial Services & Public Sector, Oliver Wyman
Business and government are exposing each other to an increasing range of cyber-risks.

Current efforts to pool cybersecurity resources are limited in scope.

Sharing threat intelligence is the first step to provide a clear cyberthreat picture.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/05/cybersecurity-governments-business/

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USA – The Two Faces of American Foreign Policy (BESA Center)

 The ongoing crisis in American culture has brought two seemingly unrelated trends to the forefront: advocacy of technocratic expertise aimed at solving global issues, and condemnation of America’s allegedly irredeemable racism. American diplomacy exemplifies these trends through the figures of Secretary of State Antony Blinken and UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Both trends are founded in Puritanical moralism, according to which salvation is difficult if not impossible and “crisis” is a tool for accumulating power.

https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/american-foreign-policy/

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Iran – The Khatam al-Anbiya Camp and the Future of the Revolutionary Guards’ Empire (BESA Center)

The West assumes that if the Islamist regime of Iran is granted some leeway, it will stop its aggression toward other nations. The Revolutionary Guards’ push for absolute power in Iran and belligerent empire-building across the Middle East suggest otherwise.

https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/revolutionary-guards-khatam-al-anbiya/

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What the EU is doing to foster human-centric AI (WEF)

– Managing Associate, Linklaters
Global Senior Manager, BBVA
Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

The EU’s first draft Regulation on AI is part of a wider effort to develop human-centric AI by eliminating mistakes and biases to ensure it is safe and trustworthy.

The regulation includes requirements to minimise the risk of algorithmic discrimination, in particular in relation to the quality of data sets used for the development of AI systems.

It also introduces human oversight of certain AI systems to prevent or minimise risks to health, safety or fundamental rights that may emerge when an AI system is used.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/05/ai-and-ethical-concerns-what-the-eu-is-doing-to-mitigate-the-risk-of-discrimination/

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How to build public trust in a sustainable energy future (WEF)

Chief Executive Officer, Accenture
– Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Total

Delivering the transition rests on inspiring public trust – and this will be good for the bottom line, too.

To galvanize this trust, companies must use three levers: purpose, actions and transparency.

Read the Fostering Effective Energy Transition report 2021 here.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/05/how-to-build-public-trust-in-a-sustainable-energy-future/

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Russia/Crimea – Role of Airborne Troops in Russia’s Military Buildup in Crimea (The Jamestown Foundation)

At the end of each winter training cycle, the Russian Armed Forces typically hold extensive readiness checks in the month of April. So unsurprisingly, on April 6, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that the Russian military would carry out 4,048 such snap exercises at 101 ranges over the following few weeks (Mil.ru, April 6).

https://jamestown.org/program/role-of-airborne-troops-in-russias-military-buildup-in-crimea/

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Ukraine/Russia – One-on-One With Putin: A Reckless Adventure for Zelenskyy (Part Two) (The Jamestown Foundation)

“We should not let Mr. Zelenskyy and his team off the hook, but let them twist [wriggle, squirm] there,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently told reporters (RIA Novosti, April 28). This is Lavrov’s own style of signaling to Ukraine that Russia holds the commanding position to set the agenda of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s ardently sought meeting with his Kremlin counterpart, President Vladimir Putin.

https://jamestown.org/program/one-on-one-with-putin-a-reckless-adventure-for-zelenskyy-part-two/

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Russia – Putin Pauses, but Russia’s Propensity for Trouble-Making Persists (The Jamestown Foundation)

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s apparent plan to emerge from his extended self-isolation with new energy did not quite work out as expected, and he clearly needed to pause. Last week (April 28), United States President Joseph Biden touted his achievements at the symbolic 100-day mark of his administration in countering the COVID-19 pandemic and in righting the US economy.

https://jamestown.org/program/putin-pauses-but-russias-propensity-for-trouble-making-persists/

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USA – President Biden’s commitment to diversity in the first 100 days (Brookings)

Short of dealing with a crisis, a president’s largest responsibility at the start of an administration is to fill the highest levels of government with hand-picked appointees. Doing so enables the chief executive to steer the massive ship of state in the direction that advances their policy priorities. Throughout the 2020 presidential campaign, candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden repeatedly pledged to appoint a team that looked like America. Brookings has been monitoring this commitment by noting the pace, gender and race/ethnicity of his Senate-confirmed nominees, and we have now passed the 100th day of his tenure, a popular moment to take stock and assess personnel appointments.

President Biden’s commitment to diversity in the first 100 days

Kathryn Dunn Tenpas

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