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December 2020

Massive Hack: First Thoughts and Caveats

Soon after Vladimir Putin’s rise to power, he pushed for a walled-off “Russian internet” which was a strategic shot fired across our bow. Russian operations since would turn global internet-dependent nations and entities into a constellation of sieves to reverse the internet security advantage in favor of the “Russian internet,” if such was attainable. Hackers have…

US-Self-Sabotage: Energy Policy and Nord Stream 2

Bloomberg reports that Nord Stream 2 is again underway at a clip, with Russia pushing forward and Germany trying to proof the project against the Trump-led U.S. sanctions against our German NATO ally, friend, and fellow democracy. In 2014, Representative John Boehner and others argued that fast-tracked, increased U.S. LNG exports abroad would free global supplies…

China Update: Seizing Advantage from Strategic Lame Duck

Bloomberg reported that Iraq is prepared to enter a multi-billion dollar energy deal with China similar to that China made with Russia several years ago that culminated in the Siberian pipeline to China. These prepaid oil for financing deals are tools China uses to decouple its energy needs from U.S. domestic sources while gaining influence…

On Xi’s Menu: Lame Duck Divisé

Seizing the Gray: China leverages Donald Trump’s predictably divisive lame duck period at home to project itself as the responsible global leader in the world. China acted similarly when Donald Trump was in his fire and fury phase toward North Korea, later praising Kim Jong Un with no firm denuclearization commitments. Space Race: On December 1,…

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