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Open newsletter – April 13, 2022 a.m.

TODAY:

  • AROUND THE WORLD
  • PERSPECTIVES
  • RUSSIA – UKRAINE (impact, reactions, consequences)
  • TECH – DEFENSE – MILITARY – SECURITY – CYBER – SPACE

 

AROUND THE WORLD

Africa

Algeria – Morocco

  • Algeria says Morocco attacked truck convoys in border area, April 13. By Reuters. Algeria condemned on Tuesday what it called an attack by Morocco against a convoy of trucks in the border area between Mauritania and the disputed territory of Western Sahara, saying it will jeopardize United Nations attempts to ease regional tensions. (read more)

Australia – Solomon Islands

  • Australia official in Solomon Islands amid China worries, April 13. By Al Jazeera. An Australian government minister has arrived in the Solomon Islands for talks amid concern about a proposed security agreement between the Pacific islands nation and China. Minister for International Development and the Pacific Zed Seselja landed in Honiara for two days of meetings with the support of Australia’s main opposition Labor Party. (read more)

Colombia

Czech Republic

  • Westinghouse expands cooperation in Czech Republic : Corporate, April 12. By World Nuclear News.  Westinghouse Electric Company has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with ten companies in the Czech Republic covering cooperation on the potential deployment of an AP1000 plant for the Dukovany unit 5 project as well as other potential AP1000 projects in Central Europe. (read more)

Cyprus

Hong Kong

  • John Lee’s bid for Hong Kong leader signals Beijing’s ‘hard line’, April 13. By  John Lee, who spent decades in the police before joining the political administration and was a key player in Hong Kong’s democracy crackdown, is set to be appointed the city’s top leader following a rubber-stamp election next month. Lee formally submitted his bid on Wednesday after securing enough nominations and is the only candidate in the running for chief executive, the highest-ranking local leadership position in the Chinese territory. (read more)

Iran

Lebanon

Mali

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka PM offers protesters talks as opposition eyes no-confidence vote, April 13. By  and 

Thailand

UK 

  • Cerberus, Assystem to design STEP shielding : New Nuclear, April 12. By World Nuclear News. Cerberus Nuclear and Assystem have been selected to deliver the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) reactor in-board shield design as part of the STEP Engineering Framework. STEP will be the UK’s prototype fusion energy power plant. (read more)

USA

USA – Taiwan

  • Ensuring a stronger US-Taiwan tech supply chain partnership, April 13. By Jason Hsu, Brookings. In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the world has become even more ideologically polarized. As the war and Russian atrocities continue, the United States and its allies are targeting Moscow by imposing a series of sanctions on finance, technology, and trade. While there are concerns that such sanctions could strain global supply chains, it is imperative that actions be taken to uphold democracy and the international rules-based order. (read more)

Zambia

RUSSIA – UKRAINE (impact, reaction, consequences)

TECH – DEFENSE – MILITARY – SECURITY – CYBER – SPACE

  • Authorities shut down dark web marketplace RaidForums, April 12. By Pierluigi Paganini, Security Affairs. The illegal dark web marketplace RaidForums has been shut down and its infrastructure seized as a result of the international law enforcement Operation TOURNIQUET coordinated by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre. (read more)
  • IARPA previews busy research season, April 12. By Lauren C. Williams, Nextgov. The intelligence community is preparing for a busy research year with up to a dozen new projects, many of which lean on artificial intelligence and a special tailor-made quantum offering for the National Security Agency.  Catherine Marsh, the director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, previewed a range of the agency’s research offerings that are expected to take shape this year during a keynote address at the Intelligence National Security Alliance’s Spring Symposium April 11.  (read more)
  • How Moves to Weaken Standard-Essential Patents (SEPs) Threaten U.S. National Security, April 12. By Alexander Kersten, CSIS. On December 6, 2021, the Department of Justice (DOJ), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) launched a draft policy statement that sought to revise an earlier 2019 statement by those same agencies. This statement, titled Draft Policy Statement on Licensing Negotiations and Remedies for Standards-Essential Patents Subject to F/RAND Commitments, is justified as an effort to encourage good-faith licensing negotiations and to address the scope of remedies available to patent owners that have agreed to license their essential technologies on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (F/RAND) terms. (read more)