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Security Brief: April 12, 2013

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April 12, 2013

North Korea If you’re using any type of media on a semi-reuglar basis–newspapers, TV, radio, the Internet–then it’s pretty impossible for you not to know that something’s up with North Korea. Bellicose rhetoric, nuclear posturing, ya da ya da ya da. And if you you’ve heard about North Korea, you’ve also probably heard that one… Read More ›

Information Breakdown: Drones, Extrajudicial Killings, and What the Obama Administration Is and Isn’t Saying

Following is a list of resources about the debate surrounding the Obama administration’s use of drone strikes to kill “imminent” threats to America–even when those threats are American citizens themselves: The breaking story at NBC detailing the release of a 16-page “white paper” on the extrajudicial killings of American citizens by way of the US’s drone… Read More ›

Security News, February 4: Terrorism in Turkey, Lebanon Fights Back, and More

Turkey A far-left group has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on the US embassy in Ankara that left two dead (including the bomber) and one injured. The Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) posted a statement on its website claiming responsibility for the attack. In its statement the group called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip… Read More ›

Security News: December 24, 2012

Turkey Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin has accused Iran of not doing enough to curtail the activities of the PKK (Kurdish Worker’s Party). The minister says that Iran has neglected to act against the PKK’s “intensified campaign” within its borders. The PKK, labeled a terrorist organization by the EU, the US, and Turkey, has been… Read More ›

Security Brief: December 11, 2012

North Korea Oh they’ve done it now, they sent one up. North Korea has successfully launched a rocket into orbit according to Reuters. This is a quite recent development, however it seems that the newest N. Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un is making up for the last time they tried launching a rocket during his regime. The… Read More ›

Nuclear News: December 9, 2012

The United States has carried out a nonexplosive nuclear test in Nevada. The subcritical test did not involve a fission process that is key to atomic detonations. The test took place at the Nevada National Security Site. The test–the first since February 2011–studied “how plutonium responds to a conventional explosive detonation.”  The US has said… Read More ›

Security Brief: December 6, 2012

Germany / Turkey The German Cabinet has agreed  to send Patriot missiles as well as up to 400 soldiers to Turkey  in order to strengthen Turkish air defense against Syrian missiles striking across the border. In a statement NATO said that “any deployment will be defensive only. It will in no way support a no-fly zone or… Read More ›

Security Brief: December 2, 2012

Syria Today, two car bombs exploded in the city of Homs. As a result, at least seven people were killed and dozens were injured. Afghanistan A Taliban suicide attack against a NATO base at an airport in Jalalabad,  Afghanistan killed at least 5 people and left several civilians and soldiers wounded. The Taliban has claimed… Read More ›

Nuclear News: Nov. 28, 2012

Pakistan Pakistan has test launched a medium-range missile capable of delivering nuclear warheads to a target up to 1300 km away. That makes the Hatf V (Ghauri) missile capable off hitting deep targets in India. Meanwhile, the father of the Pakistani nuclear program, A.Q. Khan, has registered a new political party in the country. It is… Read More ›

Security Brief: Drone Edition

Are post-election changes to the US drone program in the forecast? Two Washington projects are key to the future of the drone program. The first is the codifying of Washington’s use of “unmanned aerial vehicles” (UAV’s). The second is the new pick for the CIA directorship recently vacated by General Petraeus. The New York Times… Read More ›