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Security Brief: April 12, 2013

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 ›

Security News: December 26, 2012

Syria Maj. Gen. Abdul Aziz Jazzim al-Shallal, Syria’s military police chief, has reportedly defected from the government. Maj. Gen. al-Shallal announced his defection in a video posted online. “The Syrian military has strayed from its core mission in protecting the homeland to become nothing but armed gangs that kill and destroy the cities and the… Read More ›

Security Brief: December 12, 2012

US The United States has condemned North Korea‘s recent rocket launch as a “‘highly provocative act’ that threatens regional security.” Tuesday’s event came as a surprise, as North Korea talked Saturday of postponing the launch by at least a week due to a technical problem. This launch fared better; the US military confirmed that the rocket’s… Read More ›

Security Brief: November 30, 2012

USA The US Senate has, with a large majority, voted for a fast withdrawal of the  66,000 US troops currently deployed in  Afghanistan by 2014. Nevertheless, the Pentagon keeps on stressing the importance of a mission in Afghanistan after 2014 in order to prevent Al-Qaeda from returning to power in the country. Congo After negotiations… 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 ›