Cuba remains on the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism for political reasons only, and there are downsides for the United States in leaving it there, panelists said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event June 11. Retaining Cuba on the list "feeds into and prolongs this climate of mistrust which the Obama administration claimed it wanted to overcome," said Tomás Bilbao, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Cuba Study Group.
Federal spending data systems have improved in recent years but still come up short in their efforts to fully inform the public on government spending, says a June 6 brief from the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Joseph Nye questions whether visionary presidents shape national history, or by-the-numbers, types have a greater effect in a June 3 Center for Strategic and International Studies event. These questions are the central questions in his new book to a new book, " Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era ."
Multi-stakeholder governance over the Internet faces challenges caused by the network's expansion and deeper global penetration, panelists said during a May 23 discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
A European Union effort to require greater regulation around the use of personal data isn't incompatible with developing digital products, said European Commission Director General for Justice Françoise Le Bail before a Washington, D.C., audience earlier this month.
For the Defense Department to make more cost-effective acquisitions, the department must be more realistic about its program expectations and control costs through the life cycle of products, DoD Under-Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall said at a May 23 Center for Strategic and International Studies event.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has sought a foothold in local affairs in places such as Mali and has not simply tried to impose itself as an outsider, Alex Thurston of Northwestern University said at a conference March 25 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The rising use of new communication technology is changing the balance of control and ownership of information among states and individuals, leading to increased monitoring of government diplomacy by individuals and other nations.
Asia, and China in particular, has become the global locus of competition in cyberspace, says cybersecurity theorist James Andrew Lewis, in a new paper. Were it not for the fact of malicious Chinese cyber activities--which fall below the threshold of warfare but include rampant and internationally destabilizing cyber espionage--cyber conflict as an issue "would have a much lower profile and be of much less concern both regionally and globally."
Broad-based use of biometric screening standards worldwide and interoperability between the Homeland Security Department and other agency systems are among the most significant technology improvements since Sept. 11, 2001, says Robert Mocny, DHS director of US-VISIT.