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Pentagon Will Add a Climate-Policy Czar (Jacqueline Feldscher, Defense One)

The Pentagon will reorganize its policy shop to elevate the mission of combating and responding to climate change, the department’s policy chief said Friday. While the Defense Department has done a lot to prioritize climate change throughout the organization, including at the service secretary level, Colin Kahl, the defense undersecretary for policy, said that the […]

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New White House Cyber Director Wants to Fight Like Cobra Kai (Patrick Tucker, Defense One)

The first U.S. National Cyber Director wants the government to take a tougher, more proactive approach to those who threaten America’s networks: degrade their capabilities and demonstrate how they would suffer should they attack. John “Chris” Inglis’ vision for his brand-new office somewhat resembles the match-day strategy employed by the Cobra Kai dojo in the […]

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Vulnerabilities Grow as Utilities Link Control Systems to the Internet (Patience Wait, Defense One)

The global electric utility sector is facing an increasingly dangerous cyberthreat landscape, even though there hasn’t been a publicly witnessed disruptive attack over the past five years. Utilities worldwide have been strengthening their security against threats to their IT networks but have not paid enough attention to their industrial control systems, or ICS, and operational technology, […]

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Biden tells Macron US ‘clumsy’ in Australian submarine deal (Sylvie Corbet and Zeke Miller, The Associated Press, Defense News)

Working to patch things up with an old ally, President Joe Biden told French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday that the U.S. had been “clumsy” in its handling of a secret U.S.-British submarine deal with Australia, an arrangement that left France in the lurch and rattled Europe’s faith in American loyalty. Biden and Macron greeted […]

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China could invade Taiwan ‘soon,’ says former Australian PM Abbott (Joe Gould, Defense News)

 A former Australian prime minister said Friday he thinks China could “soon” invade Taiwan or otherwise escalate the situation and that the West should now be planning its military and economic response. “I think we need to be prepared to think the unthinkable,” former Prime Minister Tony Abbott said at a Wilson Center event here. China could […]

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New variants of Chinese stealth fighters break cover (Mike Yeo, Defense News)

Two new variants of China’s stealth fighters have broken cover in the past three days, including China’s next carrier-based fighter, hinted at during a recent air show. Photos and videos taken outside the Chengdu Aircraft factory in its namesake city on Tuesday showed a two-seat J-20 stealth fighter in overall primer, confirming persistent rumors such […]

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The unintended consequences of the AUKUS deal (Lyle Goldstein, Defense News)

Washington and other allied capitals have been abuzz with talk of nuclear submarines since the surprise announcement of the new trilateral pact known as AUKUS in September. Aside from the frictions with France, the new agreement has been met with nearly universal adulation from the U.S. foreign policy establishment. Some have raised legitimate concerns about the impact […]

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Joint Statement of the Ministerial Meeting in Bogotá on the Causes and Challenges of Migration (US Department of State)

The text of the following Joint Statement was released by the Governments of Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and the United States on the occasion of the regional Migration Ministerial co-hosted by the United States and Colombia in Bogotá, Colombia on […]

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The Developing World Needs Energy—and Lots of It (Jason Bordoff, Foreign Policy)

When the world gathers in Glasgow, Scotland, next week for the United Nations climate summit, known as COP26, many climate leaders and activists from Africa and other parts of the developing world will be notably absent as they find it near impossible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. While this glaring disparity between rich and poor countries concerns health care, […]

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FinTech in MENA: How to build an ecosystem that promotes innovation and regulation (Stefanie H. Ali, Atlantic Council)

The Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative in partnership with ABANA is convening a virtual event series to shed light on the changing financial technology (FinTech) landscape in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, identify challenges and opportunities, and explore policy recommendations. The first webinar in the series held on October 26 focused on financial […]

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With crisis deepening in Mali, UN top envoy says ‘all is not lost’ (UN News)

The UN Special Representative for Mali told the Security Council on Friday that despite collective efforts, “the reality is that the security situation has deteriorated and the crisis is deepening”, across the northwest African nation. With crisis deepening in Mali, UN top envoy says ‘all is not lost’   | | UN News

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World leaders urged to prioritize action on water and climate (UN News)

Countries must step up urgent action to address the water-related consequences of climate change, the head of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and nine other international organizations said on Friday in a letter to world leaders issued ahead of the COP26 UN climate change conference. World leaders urged to prioritize action on water and climate […]