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March 15, 2018

Russia
Are Cold War Spy-Craft Norms Fading?

The poisoning of former double agent Sergei V. Skripal in the UK indicates that Russia may have abandoned some unspoken rules of espionage. CIA veteran Jack Devine examines the history and current state of spy-craft.

UK Skripal Poisoning Crime Scene

October 16, 2019

Economics
C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics With Jens Weidmann

Jens Weidmann discusses the challenges facing the Deutsche Bundesbank, the role of central banks in Europe, and the global effects of transatlantic trade tensions. This event is cosponsored with t…

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October 17, 2013

United States
Turkey: Spies Like Us

I co-authored this piece with my friend and colleague, Michael Koplow, author of the blog Ottomans and Zionists. Ehud Barak’s political instincts have never been great, but his security instincts ar…

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July 16, 2015

Cuba
The Nation’s Meet The Spies Tour

Travel to Cuba is a new fad, helped by the changes the Obama administration has made in U.S. policy. It’s easy now for almost any group to go there, under the guise of some educational program or pur…

August 4, 2006

China
Stephen Jen is right

That is not something I say all the time. I suspect I am among Stephen Jen's prototypes for what he calls structural dollar bear.    And Stephen " “current account deficits inside the dollar …

October 25, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: October 25, 2019

Islamic State appeals to young users with propaganda on TikTok; Google claims "quantum supremacy" with new processing chip; Russian cyber-espionage group masquerades as Iranian hackers; Facebook and …

A handout picture from October 2019 shows a component of Google's Quantum Computer in the Santa Barbara lab, California, U.S. Picture taken in October 2019.

October 18, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: October 18, 2019

Huawei redeploys U.S.-linked executives and looks to other markets; U.S. cyberattacks against Iran unveiled; Russian APT involved in 2016 DNC hack still active; United States evaluates election secur…

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

October 25, 2013

United States
Against Spying on Foreign Leaders

Reading the news stories about alleged U.S. spying on Angela Merkel’s cell phone, an old memory came to mind. In the Reagan second term I was Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs,…

July 8, 2011

Syria
Syria Spies on American Protesters

In a remarkable revelation today , the State Department acknowledged that the Syrian Embassy in Washington is tracking Americans, and Syrians visiting or living in the United States, who protest agai…

October 3, 2019

Eurozone
The Role of the European Central Bank

As Europe has weathered a succession of economic crises, the European Central Bank has responded with an aggressive set of monetary policies that have redefined the bank’s original mandate.

Workers repair the euro sign in front of ECB headquarters