• China WatchCan Europe Compete with China's Belt and Road Initiative?

    By Henry Ridgwell

    The European Union this week launched a $340 billion “Global Gateway” fund to boost global infrastructure, which analysts say is aimed at rivaling China’s Belt and Road Initiative. But can the EU’s project compete with Beijing’s billions?

  • PreparednessPreventing and Responding to High-Consequence Biological Threats

    A new report offers actionable recommendations for the international community to bolster prevention and response capabilities for high-consequence biological events.

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  • PreparednessThe U.K. Government’s Preparedness for COVID-19: Risk-Management Lessons

    A new report from the U.K. National Audit Office (NAO) examines the government’s risk analysis, planning, and mitigation strategies prior to the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report notes that the pandemic has exposed a vulnerability to whole-system emergencies – that is, emergencies which are so broad that they require the engagement of the entire system.

  • School ShootingSchool Shootings Are at a Record High This Year – but They Can Be Prevented

    By James Densley and Jillian Peterson

    Research has shown that school mass shooters tend to be current or former students of the school. They are almost always in crisis of some sort before their attack, as indicated by a noticeable change in behavior from usual. They often are inspired by other school shooters, and they also tend to leak their plans for violence in advance to their peers. And school shooters usually get their guns from family and friends who failed to store them safely and securely. The question now is how to translate these findings into policy and practice in order to prevent the next school shooting.

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  • Grid Resilience Balance of Power—Building a Resilient Electric Grid

    Events such as blackouts and outages are increasing in frequency as the nation’s infrastructure ages and climate change leads to extreme weather events. Hotter, wetter summers and harsher winters require more reliance on heating and cooling utilities, placing higher stress on the nation’s electric grid. Newtechnology can ‘help keep the lights on’ during emergencies.

  • Grid Resilience Microgrids May Hold the Key to Grid Resilience

    The aging energy grid is being pushed to the breaking point. Power outages from extreme weather alone cost anywhere from $2 billion to $77 billion per year. And some isolated communities still rely on diesel generators for electricity, since powerlines don’t reach them. Grid expansion isn’t an option—in most cases, the economics don’t make sense. When the main grid falls short, the right mix of renewables offers local, low-carbon power.

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  • Planetary SecurityGetting the Asteroid Before It Gets Us

    By Colleen Walsh

    Last week, the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters became a reality when NASA launched its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), a small spacecraft that will smash into an asteroid sometime in September or October to try to alter its path.

  • Our picksBe Afraid of the Next ‘Lab Leak’ | Snarled Chip Supply Chains | China Wants to Write the Tech Rules for 5G, and more

    ·  You Should Be Afraid of the Next ‘Lab Leak’

    ·  Far Right Is Using Twitter’s New Rule Against Anti-Extremism Researchers

    ·  The Taliban Are Banned by Facebook. Then Why Are They Allowed to Post?

    ·  Biden Explores Talks as China Builds Arsenal

    ·  Huawei Sanctions Snarled Chip Supply Chains

    ·  Now That We’ve Left Afghanistan, Expect Fewer Islamic Terrorist Attacks on Americans

    ·  Will Germany’s Compulsory Vaccine Plan Backfire?

    ·  China Wants to Write the Tech Rules for 5G. Experts Say That’s a Big Problem

    ·  U.S. to Lead Global Effort to Curb Authoritarians’ Access to Surveillance Tools

    ·  Suspected Chinese Hackers Breach More U.S. Defense and Tech Firms

  • The Russia ConnectionNATO Has Warned Russia, but Will NATO Defend Ukraine?

    By Teri Schultz

    NATO warns Russia not to make any further moves against Ukraine. But NATO allies have been unable to formally agree on what the Russian military activity represents, much less how to respond to it.

  • Children & COVID-19 VaccinationCovid Is Less Risky to Children than Covid Vaccines

    We should be careful about vaccinating children against the COVID-19 because it is likely that more children will die from the effects of the vaccine than from Covid itself.

  • Children & COVID-19 VaccinationCOVID: Will the U.K. Vaccinate Children Under 12?

    By Paul Hunter

    The U.K. Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunizations (JCVI) will help decide whether the U.K. should follow other countries – the U.S., Israel – in offering COVID-1 vaccines to all children aged five and over. When the JCVI weighed up vaccinating the next youngest age group – 12-to-15-year-olds – it found that the benefits were only “marginally greater than the potential known harms.” So marginal, in fact, that it advised against offering vaccines to this group. So, for the JCVI to give the green light to vaccinating over-fives, the health benefits will need to be more compelling than for 12-to-15-year-olds. But what does the evidence say?

  • CybersecurityUsing Math to Prove Computer Security

    An academic mathematician thought maths was boring, but he now relies on it to secure critical systems like those of the Australian Department of Defense against hackers.

  • DisastersEarthquakes and Tsunamis in Europe?

    Earthquakes and tsunamis do not only threaten distant coasts, but also ports, cities and coasts in European waters. Researchers, provides for the first time comprehensive information on the marine geological hazards that can affect countries across Europe. The manifold risks should be considered more strongly in political and economic decisions.

  • Grid ResilienceNew Generation of Grid Emergency Control Technology

    Grid operators face big challenges and big opportunities when it comes to managing through emergency conditions that disrupt power service. The increasing number of power outages in the United States cost an estimated $30-50 billion and affect millions of customers each year. A real-time adaptive system can safeguard the grid against costly disruptions.

  • Water SecurityGroundwater in California’s Central Valley May Be Unable to Recover from Past and Future Droughts

    Groundwater in California’s Central Valley is at risk of being depleted by pumping too much water during and after droughts. Water resources could be pushed beyond recovery in a region that provides about a quarter of the U.S. food supply.

  • Our picksThe New Geopolitics of Energy | MI6 Recruits | Colombian Guerrillas

    ·  The World Has No Answer for Migration

    ·  The Far-Right Is Worrying Enough, but Let’s Not Pretend It’s the Biggest Threat We Face

    ·  Green Upheaval: The New Geopolitics of Energy

    ·  The West Still Needs Russia’s Energy

    ·  U.S. Targets Colombian Guerrilla Splinter Groups with Terrorist Listing

    ·  After 7 Years, A U.S.-Led Task Force Fighting ISIS Is Getting a New Name and Taking a New Approach to Its Mission

    ·  MI6 Recruiting from World’s Most Dangerous Groups to Combat Al Qaeda

    ·  Trump’s Intelligence Briefings: Better Than Some Feared, Worse Than Many Hoped

  • TerrorismAfghanistan: Taliban Kill, “Disappear” Ex-Officials

    Taliban forces in Afghanistan have summarily executed or forcibly disappeared more than 100 former police and intelligence officers in just four provinces since taking over the country on 15 August 2021. The Taliban leadership has directed members of surrendering security force units to register to receive a letter guaranteeing their safety. However, Taliban forces have used these screenings to detain and summarily execute or forcibly disappear people within days after they register, leaving their bodies for their relatives or communities to find.

  • TerrorismFormer Islamic State Member Found Guilty of Genocide in German Court

    A German court has found a former Islamic State member guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity for the 2015 killing of a 5-year-old girl, sentencing him to life in prison. The Frankfurt case is the first in the world to decide whether a former member of the Islamic State group played a role in the attempted genocide of the Yazidi religious group.

  • ExtremismSines v. Kessler: Reckoning and Weaponization

    On 23 November 2021, a jury returned guilty verdicts against the organizers of the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. But while the trial put the defendants’ bigotry, antisemitism and racism on full display, it also provided them a stage to share their bigotry and hate with a large, captive audience, while aggressively harassing their critics.

  • EncryptionSimple and Efficient Method of Quantum Encryption

    Quantum computers will revolutionize our computing lives. But these computers will be able to crack most of the encryption codes currently used to protect our data, leaving our bank and security information vulnerable to attacks

  • Public HealthAre Political Parties Getting in the Way of Our Well-Being?

    Today, the two major political parties are often blamed for a plethora of problems in American governance. But for most of the last century and a half, political party competition has had positive effects on the welfare of Americans. Party competition is linked to increased public investment, greater social well-being.

  • ResilienceBoosting Resilience of U.S. Timekeeping

    The U.S. should bolster research and development of systems that distribute accurate time via fiber-optic cable and radio as part of the effort to back up GPS and enhance the resilience of critical infrastructure that depends on it.