CRITICAL SECURITY

Intelligence and cyber warfare

The Byzantine Empire was the first to create a “Bureau of Barbarians” and use it to great effect. It gathered information from all neighboring  enemies states (ruler’s personality, power struggles, local customs, etc.), it analyzed reports arriving from envoys, it organized visits for foreign diplomats to Constantinople, and did almost everything else that a modern Ministry of Foreign Affairs or ...

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NPR:Mentoring Program Works To Prevent Radicalization

DINA TEMPLE-RASTON, NPR-The most effective de-radicalization programs build trust and then challenges a jihadist mindset. A version of this program in Copenhagen, Denmark, is called VINK. A counselor explains the process and the lessons it might hold for the U.S. http://www.npr.org/2016/09/05/492727640/mentoring-program-works-to-prevent-radicalization-in-copenhagen AUDIO:  Photo.Washington Post

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Erdogan and Putin renew ties during visit to Russia

By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Tuesday to restore economic ties damaged after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane in November. The pair shook hands and exchanged pleasantries after meeting at Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, with Erdogan thanking Putin for calling him soon after the July 15 coup attempt ...

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THE ELEMENTS OF POWER

  CSSD editor’s choice: These metals have become the building blocks of modern society; their properties are now essential for nearly all our electronic, military, and “green” technologies. But their growing use is not without environmental, economic, and geopolitical consequences. Our future hinges on a set of elements that few of us have even heard of. In this surprising and revealing ...

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Two different future scenarios for the Western Balkans

By Selim Ibraimi-The Center for Security Studies and Development-Macedonia (CSSD) The Western Balkans remain the area of instability. (Stay Tuned)

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The cost of war

By Blerim Abedini- The Center for Security Studies and Development- Macedonia(CSSD) To remind, the Islamic State announced after continuous fighting (opposition) against the Syrian regime. This army of IS, is hybrid, that has defined its own form. This military force has accelerated, disregard deadlines for a peace agreement between centralized power and the opposition in Syria. Middle East Migration estimated ...

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The Panama Canal: A Century of Operation…

By Thomas Shannon Stiles-The Panama Canal: A Century of Operation and the Impact of the Expansion Project PART 2- Sovereignty Issues and Torrijos-Carter Treaties While there is a great deal of history detailing the political changes in Panama and the Canal, post construction, the most significant to this discussion is the series of events leading to the handover of the ...

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U.S.- Cuba: A new era after decades of antagonism

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The Balkans revisited

By Selim Ibraimi-Center for Security Studies and Development-Macedonia (CSSD) Although Russia has move part of the military hardware from Syria, the landscape of competition between World Powers in the Balkans remains the same. The Europe and partially the Balkans become hot spot of Russia. The U.S., because of the Imperial Constrains has move huge of the military and intelligence assets, ...

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Countering violent extremism: Global threat, local solution

Part I and II: By Selim Ibraimi- Center for Security Studies and Development- Macedonia (CSSD) Introduction: Global, regional and the local context of phenomena Violent extremism has no religion. The 21 century and decade ahead is changing and international system from bipolarity goes towards multipolarity motion. Extremism and terrorism now is in first pages of the media. 1 The crisis ...

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