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The international disorder and unrest after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the causes of the Taliban victory

Giancarlo Valori What does the defeat of the US system in Afghanistan show? Can war-torn Afghanistan achieve peace and independence? Where is the way out for Afghanistan? This unfortunate country has become a battleground for the great powers and the hegemonic policy has led to unrest, war and …

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Companies may be overlooking the riskiest cyber threats of all

A majority of companies don’t have a handle on their third-party cyber risks  – risks obscured by the complexity of their business relationships and vendor/supplier networks.  This is the finding of the PwC 2022 Global Digital Trust Insights Survey.  The survey of 3,600 CEOs and other C-suite executives …

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Shared Territorial Concern, Opposition to US Intervention Prompt Russia’s Support to China on Taiwan Question

Andrey Kortunov The situation around the island of Taiwan is raising concerns not only in Chinese mainland, Taiwan island or in the US, but also in the whole world. Nobody would like to see a large-scale military clash between China and the US in the East Pacific. Potential …

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Shaping US Middle East policy amidst failing states, failed democratization and increased activism

James M. Dorsey The future of US engagement in the Middle East hangs in the balance. Two decades of forever war in Afghanistan and continued military engagement in Iraq and elsewhere in the region have prompted debate about what constitutes a US interest in the Middle East. China, …

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U.S. Sanctions Push Huawei to Re-Invent Itself and Look Far into the Future

Adriel Kasonta There is no doubt that the return of Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou to Beijing marks a historic event for the entire country that made every Chinese person incredibly proud, especially bearing in mind its timing, as the National Day celebrations took place on October 1. “Where …

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The so-called privacy on the Internet

Giancarlo Valori At the beginning of last June, 8.4 billion stolen passwords were made public around the world. This large collection – made available to everyone – is named “RockYou2021” and is stored in a text file measuring 100 GB. On October 4, WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram were …

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John McAfee’s suicide: The Internet and conspiracy theories

Giancarlo Elia Valori According to rumours, the suicide of tax evader, bitcoin supporter and antivirus software pioneer John McAfee (1945-2021) – a British naturalised US citizen – has prompted both grief and new conspiracy theories. After his evading taxes and dribbling the US authorities for many years, a …

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Can new visa systems drive the Gulf’s Covid-19 recovery?

Amid an attempt to drive a post-coronavirus economic rebound, a number of countries in the Gulf have introduced new immigration measures to help attract skilled foreign workers. One of the major players on this front has been the UAE, which is the process of launching 50 new projects …

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Will the QUAD become an “Asian NATO”?

Muhammad Nauman Akhter On September 24, 2021, President Joe Biden hosted the first Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) summit at the White House which was attended by Narendra Modi of India, Scott Morrison of Australia and Yoshihide Suga of Japan. The QUAD leaders pledged to work towards peace and …

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