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Chinese Cyber-Attacks: Will the United States Step Up Its Active Cyber Defense Posture?

Chinese Cyber-Attacks: Will the United States Step Up Its Active Cyber Defense Posture?

 

The indictment of five Chinese military hackers by a grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania illustrates the increasing importance of cyberspace in the great power relationship between the United States and China. It also shows that four years of talking about cyber-espionage, including at the presidential level, have …

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NETmundial Conference: The Internet’s First Town Meeting?

NETmundial Conference: The Internet’s First Town Meeting?

A Brazilian cybersecurity conference conveyed more than 800 experts to exchange ideas on the future of the Internet. EWI’s Senior Vice President Bruce McConnell  attended the NETmundial meeting in São Paulo and comments in this post …

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Strategic Stability in Cyberspace

Strategic Stability in Cyberspace

The unclassified version of the 2013 Annual Report to Congress on the Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China provides a glimpse of the military build-up and capabilities of China in the second decade of the 21st century:
“The 

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Jaws, Nuclear Weapons, and Cyber War

Jaws, Nuclear Weapons, and Cyber War

“It’s all psychological. You yell barracuda, everybody says, ‘Huh? What?’ You yell shark, we’ve got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July.” In the summer of 1975, the budding auteur, Steven Spielberg, created a virtual panic at America’s beaches with ingeniously crafted screen images of a certain …

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Iraq, Stalingrad, Gettysburg and the Limits of Remembrance

Iraq, Stalingrad, Gettysburg and the Limits of Remembrance

“Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,” exclaims Shakespeare’s Henry V in his fervid St. Crispian’s day speech on the eve of the battle of Agincourt in 1415. In the observance of this month’s 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq there appears …

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Too Close to Punch: The United States and Deadlocked Alliance in Asia

Too Close to Punch: The United States and Deadlocked Alliance in Asia

In the kaleidoscopic world of power politics in Asia, the United States’ pivot to that region may yield the unintentional consequences of fostering closer strategic ties between the two Asian giants — China and India – which could result in a strategic alliance ostensibly hostile to Western interests in the …

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Cyber Espionage: Reducing Tensions Between China and the United States

Cyber Espionage: Reducing Tensions Between China and the United States

I appeared on the talk show “The Fresh Outlook” this weekend to discuss cybersecurity issues and China.  Here is a link to the video. I argued for a more nuanced, less panicky approach when dealing with China …

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Cybersecurity: Top Challenges and Six Big Policy Action Ideas

Cybersecurity: Top Challenges and Six Big Policy Action Ideas

My colleague Dr. Greg Austin and I wrote a short discussion paper titled “Cybersecurity: Crime Prevention  or Warfare?”  for the 49th Munich Security Conference

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The United States, China and India: Unintended Consequences of Great Power Politics

The United States, China and India: Unintended Consequences of Great Power Politics

October 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Sino-Indian War. Communist China launched a surprise attack across the Himalayas to “teach India a lesson,” according to Chinese Premier, Zhou Enlai.  After 32 days of fighting and embarrassing Indian defeats, the Chinese announced a …

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Austria: Compulsory Military Service Haunted by the Ghosts of Stalingrad?

Austria: Compulsory Military Service Haunted by the Ghosts of Stalingrad?

For the first time in my living memory, the Austrian Federal Army is front-page news of Austrian papers and is debated heatedly on public television. Riding a populist crest but lacking the foresight of …

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Take a Bite out of Terror: Battling the Taliban’s Influence in Schools

Take a Bite out of Terror: Battling the Taliban’s Influence in Schools

Combat Outpost Zormat, Paktia Province
When U.S. Major Lee and Captain Gil entered Ganat Kahiyl High School in eastern Afghanistan recently, a local teacher slipped them a small note: “The Taliban have visited our school and forced their curriculum upon us. Can the government help?”
This …

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Politics in Austria: Expatriates and Bureaucrats

Politics in Austria: Expatriates and Bureaucrats

Theodor Lessing’s book Der Jüdische Selbsthass (Jewish Self-hatred) was the first work to discuss the concept of Jewish self-hatred, which as the British Journal of Social Psychology states “is often used rhetorically to discount Jews …

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A Passage to Kabul

A Passage to Kabul

A recent reading of E. M. Forster’s novel, A Passage to India, prompted me to reflect on the West’s drawn out engagement in Afghanistan. The centerpiece of this prescient narrative is an incident in …

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Bashing the European Union in the United States

Bashing the European Union in the United States

Since the recession, bashing the European Union has become a sport for U.S. commentators. Just skim the most recent headlines, and one is led to believe that the old continent is on the brink …

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‘The Path of Glory Leads but to the Grave’: The Most Important Battle Ever Fought in the History of Transatlantic Relations

‘The Path of Glory Leads but to the Grave’: The Most Important Battle Ever Fought in the History of Transatlantic Relations

On a moonless night in the morning hours of September 13, 1759, a procession of boats steered silently down the St. Lawrence River. The boats contained the small British expeditionary force under the command of 32-year-old, red-haired Major-General James Wolfe, who …

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About the Author

Franz-Stefan Gady
Franz-Stefan Gady

Franz-Stefan Gady is a foreign policy analyst and world affairs commentator. Franz-Stefan has written for the Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy Magazine, Foreign Policy Journal, Der Standard, American Diplomacy Quarterly, The National Interest, Small Wars Journal, and New Europe. Follow him on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/hoanssolo

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