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Geostrategic magazine (october 24, 2022 pm)

All that is taken up here, in the complexity of open sources, does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Global Eye

TOPICS

  • (Cybersecurity) Steve Forbes, Infosecurity. Just over a year ago, Lindy Cameron, CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), said that ransomware poses “the most immediate danger” to UK businesses in cyberspace. Her statement still rings true, as ransomware attacks on public sector organizations are skyrocketing, threatening governments and communities around the globe. The last several months alone have seen government systems in Costa RicaChile, and Montenegro breached by ransomware actors, with critical infrastructure, like Italy’s state-owned energy services firm GSE, getting caught in the crossfire.  #HowTo: Protect the Public Sector from Increasing and Sophisticated Ransomware Attacks
  • (Cybersecurity) Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity. So-called “clicker” malware designed to facilitate ad fraud has been found on 16 mobile apps in the Google Play store, according to McAfee. Clicker Malware Garners Estimated 20 Million Downloads
  • (Cybersecurity) Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity. A British construction company has been fined over £4m ($4.5m) by the data protection regulator after a series of security failings allowed a hacker to steal and encrypt the personal information of 113,000 current and former employees. UK Construction Biz Fined £4.4m for Serious Security Failings
  • (Cybersecurity) Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity. The coming wave of immersive internet experiences dubbed “the metaverse” could be a magnet for ransomware, identity theft, money laundering and much more, Europol has warned. European Police Warn of Metaverse Cyber-Threats
  • (Nuclear Energy) World Nuclear News. Poland aims to build six nuclear plants in the coming years and has had offers from the USA’s Westinghouse, South Korea’s KHNP and France’s EDF. As the country’s deadline for making a decision approaches, Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin and Climate Minister Anna Moskwa held talks in Washington with US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm. Poland ‘closer to decision’ on nuclear partner after US talks
  • (Nuclear Energy) World Nuclear News. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc (Tepco) and Hitachi Zosen Corporation have established a 67-33 joint venture – known as Toso Mirai Manufacturing Company Limited – for the manufacture and sale of used fuel transport and storage casks as well as fuel debris storage containers. Tepco, Hitachi create JV to produce used fuel casks
  • (Nuclear Energy) World Nuclear News. Slovenské elektrárne said unit 3 of the Mochovce nuclear power plant reached minimum controlled output on 22 October. Mochovce 3 achieves first criticality

WORLDS

  • (Europe – Global South) David McNair, European Council on Foreign Relations. The US and Japan have responded positively to developing countries’ calls for greater representation. Europe is lagging behind and losing credibility. Seats at the table: How Europe can address the international democratic deficit
  • (Europe – Latin America and Carribean) Carla Hobbs, José Ignacio Torreblanca, European Council on Foreign Relations. China’s and Russia’s growing presence in Latin America and the Caribbean undermines democracy and Western influence in the region, along with the international rules-based order. Byting back: The EU’s digital alliance with Latin America and the Caribbean
  • (Europe – Russians) Aleksandra Kozioł, Polish Institute of International Affairs. A large number of Russian citizens have tried to enter EU territory since a mobilisation order was announced in their country. Member States, however, could not agree on the criteria for issuing visas. The Baltic states, Poland, and Finland settled on the strictest entry restrictions. Reaching consensus in the EU would be an important political signal to the Russian authorities. A coherent announcement on this issue could also shift the dissatisfaction of Russian society towards the elites responsible for the attack on Ukraine. PISM
  • (Hamas – Syria) , INSS. After more than a decade marked by no ties, a rare meeting was held in Damascus this past Wednesday between Bashar al-Assad and a Hamas delegation led by Khalil al-Hayya, in charge of relations with the Arab and Islamic countries and deputy of the Hamas leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar.  A New Leaf in Hamas-Syria Relations?
  • (India – UN Counter Terrorism Committee) Maya Mirchandani, Observer Research Foundation. The upcoming meeting of the UN Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC) in India on October 28 and 29, 2022—the first to be held outside the organisation’s New York Headquarters since 2005—is being heralded by New Delhi as a tribute to victims of 26/11, and to its efforts in drawing global attention to the persistent threat of terrorism and violent extremism in India and the wider South Asian region. India as chair of the UN Counter Terrorism Committee comes at a crucial juncture in geopolitical relations
  • (Indonesia) Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. The Joko Widodo administration recently announced plans to establish the International State University of Confucianism in Bangka Belitung province. This plan has however been strongly opposed by the local Aliansi Ulama Islam (Islamic Ulama Alliance, or AUI). 2022/100 “Can an International State University of Confucianism be Established in Indonesia? ” by Leo Suryadinata
  • (Malaysia) Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. Artisanal fishermen have sustained countless communities that mushroomed along the Malay Peninsula’s coast throughout history, and even today, they make up 60% of those involved in the fisheries industry. Should they be allowed to die out, generations-old fishing heritage, local knowledge, maritime expertise and climate change observations will be lost. 2022/102 “Malaysia’s Artisanal Fishermen: Political Economy and Survival” by Serina Rahman
  • (Pakistan) Sushant Sareen, Observer Research Foundation. Election Commission of Pakistan’s disqualification of highly popular former Prime Minister Imran Khan will have far-reaching consequences for the country. The agony and irony of Imran Khan’s disqualification
  • (Thailand) Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. Although Thailand’s authoritarian structures remain intact, regime-backed parties are unlikely to succeed in the next general election by following Palang Pracharath’s authoritarian electoral blueprint from 2019. 2022/101 “The Authoritarian Electoral Blueprint of Thailand’s Palang Pracharath Party May No Longer be Effective” by Napon Jatusripitak
  • (UAE – Israel) Navdeep Suri, Hargun Sethi, Observer Research Foundation. The signing of the Abraham Accords between UAE, Bahrain, and Israel in August 2020 opened up new possibilities for Israel to establish diplomatic ties with two key states in the Gulf. Morocco and Sudan followed soon, and as relations thawed with Saudi Arabia, it was clear that several Arab states were now willing to accept the political legitimacy of Israel. Growing UAE-Israel ties shows political intent to deepen relations between the two countries
  • (UK – China) Civitas: Institute for the Study of Civil Society. Inadvertently Arming China (2021) documented and analysed the extent to which some of the UK’s leading universities, research institutions, academics, scientists and researchers, collaborated with Peoples Republic of China (PRC) entities directly linked to either the Chinese military or to Chinese military-funded and supported universities, for sensitive dual-use technology research. Inadvertently Arming China? One Year On
  • (USA) Marcin Andrzej Piotrowski, Polish Institute of International Affairs. The latest U.S. National Security Strategy (NSS) points to the crucial importance of the Asia-Pacific region for U.S. interests and the stability of the international order. At the same time, one of the messages of this key document is reassurance of European allies regarding the American commitment to NATO and Euro-Atlantic security. The strategy traditionally puts an emphasis on the need for Europeans to strengthen the Alliance’s conventional capabilities. PISM