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President Biden and Vladimir Putin

What Biden should say to Putin on Ukraine

Commentary / December 6, 2021
President Joe Biden will hold a secure video call with Russian President Vladimir Putin December 7 against the backdrop of a menacing Russian military build-up near Ukraine. U.S. intelligence believes the Russians may amass 175,000 troops near its western neighbor early in 2022.
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A US Air Force commander simulates launching a nuclear weapon during a test.

Interview: Stanford’s Herbert Lin on “Cyber Threats and Nuclear Weapons”

Q&As / November 30, 2021
Much of the technology now controlling US nuclear weapons was produced before the rise of the Internet. Newer technology will improve aspects of command, control, and communications related to the US nuclear arsenal. But if not carefully planned, the updating of nuclear technology could also increase risk in distinct ways that Herbert Lin explains in the following interview.
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Chinese military propaganda depicting the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis of 1958.

Reassessing China’s Capabilities and Goals for Strategic Competition

News / November 29, 2021
On the World Class podcast, Oriana Skylar Mastro argues that in order to set effective policy toward China, the United States needs to better understand how and why China is projecting power.
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Why Do Governments Reveal Cyber Intrusions?

Commentary / November 24, 2021
Germany held federal elections Sept. 26 to select the new members of the Bundestag. Neither of the leading parties secured enough seats to govern alone. While the three parties likely to constitute Germany’s next governing coalition announced are close to a deal, concerns of election meddling and cyber intrusions have made the political situation more complex.
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President Joe Biden participates in a virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Lessons from the Cold War on Preventing a U.S.-China Arms Race

Commentary / November 23, 2021
After months of watching hundreds of new nuclear missile silos being dug in the dirt northwest of Beijing, it is welcome news that President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping seemingly agreed at last week’s summit on the need for strategic stability talks.
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Need something to worry about: Here comes space junk.

Commentary / November 22, 2021
As if living in space weren’t difficult enough. The Russian military recently tested a direct-ascent antisatellite, or ASAT, missile on an old Soviet orbital, Cosmos 1408.
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President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro

Brazilian Senate Recommends Charging Bolsonaro for Mismanagement of the Covid-19 Pandemic

News / November 22, 2021
Opposition lawmakers in Brazil voted in favor of charging the president with crimes against humanity for downplaying and mishandling the pandemic.
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The Belarus border crisis shows it’s getting easier to ‘weaponize’ refugees

Commentary / November 22, 2021
Countries like Belarus are counting on E.U. governments to see refugees as a security threat.
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Will Putin Miscalculate? 

Commentary / November 18, 2021
Europe currently faces several crises exploited or instigated by Russia.  Speculation runs rampant regarding what Vladimir Putin hopes to achieve.  He should take care not to overplay his hand.
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'Xi Jinping '100 per cent' can be trusted': US warned over Taiwan independence

Commentary / November 16, 2021
China’s President Xi Jinping can “100 per cent” be trusted and warned western nations would be making a “big mistake” if they didn’t take the superpower’s threats to forcefully retake Taiwan seriously, says Stanford University’s Oriana Skylar Mastro.
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BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 01: Chinese rocket launchers are seen at a parade to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 , at Tiananmen Square on October 1, 2019 in Beijing, China.

What are hypersonic missiles and why do they matter?

Commentary / November 15, 2021
Following a recent test in China, Cameron Tracy talks to the BBC about a new breed of hypersonic missiles and whether they will make the world a more dangerous place.
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US Global Ransomware Summit: More Needs to be Done

Commentary / November 15, 2021
The US Justice Department’s arrest of several affiliates of the Russian-speaking REvil ransomware group comes a month after Washington hosted a virtual international summit on ransomware attacks. The decision to leave Russia out of the summit will inevitably limit the effectiveness of the operation.
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What a house cat can teach us about cybersecurity

Commentary / November 7, 2021
The nation spends billions of dollars on cybersecurity measures, and yet we seem unable to get ahead of this problem. Why are our computers so hard to protect? An experience with a house cat provided insights.
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Top climate scientists are sceptical that nations will rein in global warming

News / November 1, 2021
A Nature survey reveals that many authors of the latest IPCC climate-science report--including Paul N. Edwards--are anxious about the future and expect to see catastrophic changes in their lifetimes.
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Paul N. Edwards

Building Climate Knowledge Infrastructures

Q&As / November 1, 2021
A Lead Author of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, Paul N. Edwards, talks about knowledge infrastructures and geoengineering, as well as policy and visual aspects of the landmark report on climate change.
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Black Shadow & the Future of Cyberwarfare

Commentary / October 31, 2021
The Jerusalem Press Club speaks to cybersecurity expert Dr. Gil Baram about the impact and significance of the Iranian-affiliated hackers' maneuver against a number of Israeli companies on Saturday.
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China's Hypersonic Weapons Tests Don't Have to be a Sputnick Moment

Commentary / October 29, 2021
China conducted a series of tests with nuclear-capable hypersonic weapons systems that have gotten the attention of officials across the U.S. government. The tests included a hypersonic glide vehicle — a delivery mechanism that can maneuver through the Earth’s atmosphere towards its target — and incorporated a fractional orbital bombardment system.
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Missile Defense and the Offense-Defense Relationship

Commentary / October 28, 2021
The U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue, agreed by presidents Joseph Biden and Vladimir Putin at their June 2021 summit, has begun. It presumably is addressing the range of issues affecting strategic stability, including reductions in and limits on strategic offensive nuclear forces as well as questions related to missile defense.
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Fear about China’s new space weapon echoes older worries about war from space

Commentary / October 26, 2021
China flight-tested a new breed of space weapon when it launched a massive “Long March” rocket tipped with a nuclear-capable, hypersonic glider. But history tells us why the test isn’t a cause for panic.
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Does AUKUS Violate the Pledge of a Nuclear-Free South Pacific? China Thinks It Might.

Commentary / October 22, 2021
China is tapping into broader anti-nuclear sentiment in the region to attack Australia’s nuclear submarine deal.
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A Hypothetical Command Vision Statement for a Fictional PLA Cyber Command

Commentary / October 22, 2021
In 2018, U.S. Cyber Command released its Command Vision statement, advancing “defend forward” and “persistent engagement” as new elements in the United States’ approach to advancing its security interests in and through cyberspace. Since then, the debate has not included much discussion of the impact of other cyber powers adopting these concepts?
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Herb Lin

The nation’s last line of defense is controlled by really, really old technology

Commentary / October 22, 2021
The oldest information system the government operates might also be the most crucial one. No, not the IRS master file system. It’s the technology that controls nuclear weapons. It dates to the 1950s. Yet imagine if the control systems were online in the age of ransomware.
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China's Race for AI Supremacy.

Commentary / October 20, 2021
Jeffrey Ding is interviewed about China's AI policy. He tells Bloomberg's Quicktake about the misconception in the west that Beijing drives innovation. “You’re seeing companies lead the way. It’s not a necessarily a centralized top-down directive.”
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Cameron Tracy

China's hypersonic missile test 'wake up call' for US

Commentary / October 18, 2021
The nuclear-capable missile flew through low-orbit space and circled the earth before landing about 40 km off target.
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a–c, TEM images of Li deposited at 70 kPa. d–f, TEM images of Li deposited at 350 kPa. Insets: fast Fourier transform patterns of the corresponding images.

Pressure-tailored lithium deposition and dissolution in lithium metal batteries

News / October 18, 2021
Unregulated lithium (Li) growth is the major cause of low Coulombic efficiency, short cycle life and safety hazards for rechargeable Li metal batteries. Strategies that aim to achieve large granular Li deposits have been extensively explored, and yet it remains a challenge to achieve the ideal Li deposits.
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