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Cybersecurity: Crime and Espionage

Disconcerting U.S. Cyber Deterrence Troubles Continue

 The U.S. government has once again decided not to impose sanctions on China or its companies for their massive public and private cyber thefts.  President Obama says that there "comes a point at which we consider [digital intrusions by China and others] a core national security threat."   One what extreme event or events will have to occur for us to reach that point.   

Iran

Why I'm Torn About the Iran Deal: Was it Worth It?

I’ve resisted the urge to comment much on the Iran negotiations, in part because I wanted to support a deal and, now that it’s been struck, I do – but with major reservations. I can’t help feeling that we’ve paid a tremendous cost for what can only be described as a narrow – if understandable – focus on the minutia of Iran’s nuclear program, including extremely technical questions about, for example, centrifuges. I’ve found it hard to relate to this sort of discussion, because I’ve never quite seen Iran’s nuclear capability as the issue.

Iran

An Iran Deal Won't Stabilize the Messy Middle East --- But Maybe Arab States Can

Much ink has already been spilled over the implications of a nuclear deal with Iran for that country’s assertive regional behavior. Arab states and Israel warn of Iranian hegemony and demand assertive American engagement to “push back.” But the one place where they are most interested in seeing stepped-up American engagement is the one place where President Obama is least likely to indulge them — Syria.

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