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  • September 8, 2022. Jacqueline Feldscher, Defense One. Queen Elizabeth II died Thursday in Scotland, ending her 70-year reign as one of the world’s most visible diplomats.  Queen Elizabeth II Dead at 96
  • September 8, 2022. Andrew R. Marshall, Atlantic Council. The death of Queen Elizabeth II marks the passing of an era in the United Kingdom. It may also signal the end of an approach to global politics that she personified—an idea of a world brought together as a family or community, one that she deeply cared about. The end of Queen Elizabeth’s moral geopolitics
  • September 8, 2022. Atlantic Council. Queen Elizabeth II, England’s longest-serving monarch, died Thursday at the age of 96. Having assumed the throne in 1952, she was a beloved, steadying presence during an era in which her nation saw its place in the world transformed. We reached out to experts across the Atlantic Council network for their reflections on her reign, her importance to the transatlantic relationship, and more. The Atlantic Council remembers Queen Elizabeth II


  • (Africa) September 8, 2022. Puja Daya, IAEA. Cancer is a leading cause of death globally, but it is one that hits lower income countries particularly hard. Without the use of radiopharmaceuticals — medical drugs containing radioisotopes — the abilities of doctors in such countries to detect and treat cancer are limited. Building Radiopharmaceutical Sustainability for Cancer Care in Africa
  • (Albania – Russia) September 8, 2022. Kseniya Kirillova, The Jamestown Foundation.  On August 20, two Russians and a Ukrainian were arrested in Albania as they tried to enter a defunct military factory in the city of Gramsci. According to Albanian authorities, the detainees were trying to film the factory, and one of them, Mikhail Zorin, sprayed a “nerve-paralytic” substance in a guard’s face (MediaZona, August 21). Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama revealed that the detainees are suspected of espionage (А, August 21). Spy Scandal in Albania: Could Russian Intelligence Be Using Bloggers?
  • (Cambodia – ASEAN) September 8, 2022. Chansambath Bong, East Asia Forum. Cambodia’s ASEAN diplomacy shone brightly on the international stage in July 2022. Against the backdrop of the Russia–Ukraine war, looming energy and food crises, the political upheaval in Myanmar and US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s contentious trip to Taiwan, Cambodia advanced ASEAN’s collective interest with a sense of shared responsibility.  Cambodia’s ASEAN diplomacy in the spotlight
  • (Estonia – Poland) September 8, 2022. Jaroslaw Adamowski, Defense News. Estonia on Wednesday signed a deal to acquire the Piorun weapon, a short-range, man-portable air defense system already on order by Poland. Estonia joins Poland in buying Piorun anti-aircraft missiles
  • (Europe – USA) September 8, 2022. Emily Benson, CSIS. Following the introduction of legislation to implement a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) in the European Union, the United States has followed with its own equivalent proposals. The EU CBAM and surrounding legal issues have invited fierce debate on both sides of the Atlantic and have animated the trade community on whether a proposal would comply with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. (For a comprehensive description of the transatlantic proposals, see CSIS’s previous piece on the topic.). CBAM Precedents: Experts Weigh In
  • (Latin America and the Carribean) September 9, 2022. Eva Lardizábal and Pepe Zhang, Atlantic Council. Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) development is critical for broad-based and sustained economic growth as Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) grapple with ongoing global shocks following two years of pandemic-related fiscal challenges. SMEs are a primary source of job creation, comprising 99.5 percent of firms in the region, and accounting for 60 percent of employment. Yet, these same firms represent only 20 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), due to constraints spanning financial to productivity issues.  Unlocking SME potential in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • (Malaysia) September 7, 2022. William Case, East Asia Forum. For nearly half a century, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) imposed single-party dominance in Malaysia. UMNO’s internal party elections, Malaysia’s general elections and the country’s judicial proceedings are three stand-out mechanisms that helped maintain this dominance. But as their functions have been transfigured, they have become the objects of bitter contention between rival leaders and factions in UMNO. Malaysia’s institutional uncertainty
  • (Myanmar) September 9, 2022.  and , The Strategist. The recent executions of four high-profile democracy activists in Myanmar—the first to take place in the country in more than three decades—plainly demonstrate the enduring brutality of its military regime. Since ousting the civilian government in a coup d’état in February of last year, Myanmar’s military regime, known as the State Administrative Council (SAC), has murdered at least 2,220 civilians, forcibly displaced more than 900,000, and led the economy to the brink of collapse, forcing millions into poverty. ASEAN set to get tougher on Myanmar, and Australia should follow suit
  • (Russia) September 8, 2022. Paul Globe, The Jamestown Foundation. The murder of Darya Dugina—the daughter of Aleksandr Dugin, who many view as the instigator for some of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s more aggressive and expansionist ideas—in Moscow on August 20 has sparked three sets of questions: Was her father the real target? Who was responsible for blowing up her car? And how will the Kremlin, or perhaps others, use this murder to further their own goals? Answers to the first two questions are still very much open despite one claim of responsibility, numerous suggestions that others were involved and even a Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) report that it had arrested a Ukrainian woman and charged her with carrying out the attack. (For two useful surveys by thoughtful Russian observers, see Masha Gessen’s discussion, The New Yorker, August 26; and Victor Davidoff’s analysis, The Moscow Times, August 23.). With the Killing of Darya Dugina, Putin Finds Critical Corollaries to Stalin
  • (Russia – Ukraine) September 8, 2022. Patrick Tucker, Defense One. The Ukrainian military has performed well with the weapons that the United States and other nations have provided for them, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday. Ukraine’s Western Arms Have Inflicted ‘Significant Damage’ On Russian Supply, Communications Lines, Top US Officer Says
  • (Russia – Ukraine) September 8, 2022. Kateryna Stepanenko, Grace Mappes, George Barros, Layne Philipson, and Mason Clark, ISW. Ukrainian successes on the Kharkiv City-Izyum line are creating fissures within the Russian information space and eroding confidence in Russian command to a degree not seen since a failed Russian river crossing in mid-May. Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, September 8
  • (Russia – Ukraine) September 8, 2022. Vladimir Socor, The Jamestown Foundation. As anticipated well ahead of the curve (see EDM, July 2122), Russia has missed the September 11 target date for staging annexation “referendums” in Ukraine’s occupied Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts. Moscow and the local authorities it installed in both regions waited until early September 2022 to acknowledge the failure and to consider some later dates for these referendums (TASS, September 5, 6, 7). Russian ‘Referendums’ Delayed, Ukrainian Resistance Mounting in Occupied Kherson and Zaporizhzhia (Part One)


  • (Cybersecurity) September 8, 2022. Alessandro Mascellino, Infosecurity. Security researchers have linked multiple ransomware campaigns to DEV–0270 (also known as Nemesis Kitten). The threat actor, widely considered a sub–group of Iranian actor PHOSPHORUS, conducts various malicious network operations on behalf of the Iranian government, according to a new write–up by Microsoft. Ransomware Campaigns Linked to Iranian Govt’s DEV-0270 Hackers
  • (Cybersecurity) September 8, 2022. Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity. The Ukrainian security service (SBU) has found and dismantled two more Russian bot farms it said were being used to spread disinformation in the war-torn country. Ukraine Shutters Two More Russian Bot Farms
  • (Defense – Military – Security) September 8, 2022. Edward Graham, Defense One. The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate on Tuesday released a report outlining a series of best practices that local, state and federal agencies—and private-sector partners—should implement to protect critical infrastructure services from electromagnetic pulses. DHS’s Electromagnetic Pulse Shielding Mitigations report—which includes input from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and feedback from industry and government representatives—builds on the best practices used to protect the National Public Warning System, the network of radio stations that allows the U.S. president to communicate with the American public during a national emergency.  Shield Critical Infrastructure from Electromagnetic Pulses, DHS Says
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  • (Digital & Tech) September 8, 2022. Siddharth Tiwari, Brookings. It takes me less than 15 seconds to hit “I Agree” to the standard terms and conditions whenever I download an app. Whether I am impatient or just oblivious to the value of the data that I am giving away, I am not alone in this act. All over the world, billions of consumers and businesses are doing the same–giving away their data to be used by other agents for a slew of unintended purposes. I realize now that upfront consent gives away my data for good. But should I care? Should society care about it? Give people control of their data
  • (Global sanctions) September 8, 2022. Charles Lichfield, Maia Nikoladze, and Castellum.AI, Atlantic Council. In this edition of the Global Sanctions Dashboard, we look at the recently expanded sanctions against Iran just as negotiations over a potential US return to the Iran nuclear deal reach their endgame. We also take a long-overdue trip south to assess the effectiveness of sanctions in tackling the illegal drug trade. Russia remains an inescapable focus, though not entirely for predictable reasons. The busiest sanctioning entity this summer has been Russia itself. The country does, of course, remain the prime target of Western sanctions. For more on that, take a look at our brand-new Russia Sanctions Database, which tracks Western sanctions against Russian entities and individuals—and highlights where gaps still remain. Global Sanctions Dashboard: Sanctioning soars across the board
  • (Intelligence) September 8, 2022. Lauren C. Williams, Defense One. Declassifying intelligence to defuse Russian narratives has “played a very effective role” in the months-long war in Ukraine, according to the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, particularly when it’s part of a broader strategy. But its usefulness has limits when it comes to cyber threat intelligence. Sharing Secrets Has Been ‘Effective’ Against Russia, But the Tactic Has Limits, CIA Chief Says
  • (International Trade System) September 8, 2022. Shujiro Urata, East Asia Forum. The world faces unprecedented and difficult challenges, including US–China rivalry, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and supply chain disruptions. One consequence of these challenges is the possible division of the world economy into two or more political blocs not unlike the situation that prevailed before the Second World War. To avoid this, the rules-based international trading system needs re-invigoration to deal with the problems faced by the World Trade Organization (WTO). Re-invigorating the international trade system

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