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ISN Weekly Theme: The Fog of Cyberwar

Photo: wokka/flickr

Photo: wokka/flickr


Nebulous at best, incomprehensible at worst: International norms surrounding cybersecurity have left some countries trailing in their efforts to secure their data and networks. We’re focusing on these issues and more in the ISN Weekly Theme: The Fog of Cyberwar.

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Women on Top

Women are the nuts and bolts of politics / Photo: jfrancis, flickr

Women are the nuts and bolts of politics / Photo: jfrancis, flickr

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Granted, Switzerland has been taking some hits lately, but not everything happening in the hallowed halls of Bern garner controversy.

Starting next year, the top three positions in Swiss government will be held by women: Pascale Bruderer of the SP will be House speaker; Erika Forster will fill the Senate speaker chair; and current economics minister Doris Leuthard is expected to be chosen as next year’s president.

Not bad for a country that only granted women the right to vote nationwide in 1971.

Melting Expectations

Iceberg, Alaska, photo: Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton/flickr

Iceberg, Alaska, photo: Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton/flickr

With the Copenhagen conference on climate change only two weeks away, it remains doubtful whether a legally binding agreement on climate change will emerge.  Here a run-down of the (mostly vague) pledges made by key greenhouse gas emitters in the wake of the conference:

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Where Is Turkey Going?

Prime Minister of Turkey Erdogan, courtesy of the United Nations/flickr

Prime Minister of Turkey Erdogan, courtesy of the United Nations/flickr

Political relations between Turkey and its neighbors have significantly changed. We can distinguish six major shifts in Turkish foreign policy within the last three months that could be considered historic:
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British Defense Policy at a Crossroads

CSS Analysis in Security Policy no 64

CSS Analysis in Security Policy no 64

Is British defense policy experiencing an East-of-Suez flashback?

In a new policy brief, CSS researcher Aleksandra Dier looks at whether Britain might have to scale back its global ambitions.

The current situation has been compared to 1968 when, largely as a result of lacking resources, Britain had to adopt a more modest international role.

According to her, the future of the country’s defense role depends on its relation to Europe:

“Strengthening its European commitment could help Britain to align its global ambitions with the resources it needs to project a credible international role.

Pursuing European ways to achieve global ends however remains a domestically disputed strategic option.

You can download the paper here.

Want to know more about British defense policy? Check out our publication holdings on the topic.

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