maandag 15 oktober 2018

The United States Bites Back Against Chinese Industrial Espionage. Subscribe to Learn More.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Oct. 10 that charges would be levied against a Chinese intelligence officer for conspiring and attempting to conduct economic espionage for state gain and theft of trade secrets. The officer, Yanjun Xu, is reportedly employed by China's Ministry of State Security. Belgian authorities arrested him April 1 in Brussels based on a U.S. criminal complaint filed March 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Xu was indicted April 4, and his indictment was unsealed Oct. 10 in connection with his extradition from Belgium to the United States. READ MORE

Agriculture has ruled the roost in Australia since the country's inception. Maintaining and expanding international access for its agricultural goods has long been a key plank of the country's trade policy, and its agricultural groups continue to lobby strongly for expansive free trade deals to overcome a small domestic market, to make inroads into countries with more profitable products and to defeat competition from other exporters. And though diversification has resulted in the emergence of others sectors in recent decades, the farming industry's continued growth in value and employment — as well as its alignment with the country's broader trade policies — means it will remain a guiding influence regardless of who rules Australia. READ MORE
Russia has proven itself skilled and active in conducting cyberattacks and poisonings, but amid these types of high-profile cases is a more subtle, ongoing aspect of Russia's hybrid warfare strategy: the effort to support conservative, far-right and anti-liberal movements in the West and Western-leaning states. As demographic and immigration pressures become more pronounced in Europe, Russia is seeking to use such pressures in its bid to foster divisions within the West and slow or even prevent states throughout the European borderlands from joining the European Union or NATO.  READ MORE
In 2017, some states were already pushing back against shifts in federal policy. In 2018, the players remain largely the same, but both sides have been moving aggressively. It is important to note that many of the issues at stake have the potential to influence key international relationships, U.S. global technological competitiveness, and energy and environmental trends. And in light of the potential international impact of U.S. domestic concerns, we are publishing this update on the divided states of America. READ MORE

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Collection: Enter The Dragon

The rise of China is one of the most significant developments of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. This collection goes behind the headlines to understand these monumental changes to the global order. READ MORE
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Cybersecurity Basics: A Primer on Risk Management

The internet seemingly has become a more dangerous place than ever for the unwary. Our popular report -- now updated with the latest developments in 2018 -- will help ordinary computer users protect themselves when going online. READ MORE