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Before The Flood: Environment And Security In The Spotlight

mentioning Alice Hillvia United Nations Environment Programme
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

For the first time, the role of the environment in promoting security was addressed at one of the world’s most important international policy forums. The Munich Security Conference has brought together some of the world’s most prominent government and security officials since its founding in 1963. Ways of tackling inter-state conflicts, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction are among the topics that have traditionally dominated the meeting’s agenda.

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'Cross Examination Is Going To Be Brutal': NYU Law Prof Says Climate Change Litigation Is A Loser

quoting Richard A. Epsteinvia Forbes
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

California officials who made dire climate change predictions about their localities' futures in litigation against energy companies, but not in bond offerings, probably know by now their litigation is doomed, a New York University law professor said during a recent interview.


Networks, Power, And Chaos: A Conversation With Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his new book The Square and the Tower: Networks and Hierarchies, from the Freemasons to Facebook as well as his career as a writer, networks and hierarchies, how history gets written, the similarity between the 16th century and the 21st, the role of social media in the 2016 Presidential election, the influence of advertising on the public sphere, President Trump, the Russian investigation, Islamic extremism, counterfactuals, what would have happened if Clinton had won the presidency, immigration in Europe, conspiracy theories, capitalism, globalization, communism, wealth inequality, universal basic income, Henry Kissinger, the prospect of a US war with China, cyberwar, and other topics.

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Institute For Politics And Strategy Elevated To University-Wide Status

featuring Kiron K. Skinnervia Carnegie Mellon News
Monday, February 19, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University has elevated the Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS) to a university-wide institute, as its programming and scholarship increasingly bring together scholars and students from different fields across the university.

In the News

Asia’s Rocketing Ambition

quoting Niall Fergusonvia The Washington Post
Friday, February 16, 2018

In his 2011 book, “Civilization: The West and the Rest,” historian Niall Ferguson credits a series of “killer apps” for enabling the West to take off in the 15th century and remain dominant for the next 500 years while the rest of the world stalled. The two leading “apps” in his scheme were competition and science.


Open Societies Most Likely To Overcome Power, Technological Disruptions, Stanford Historian Niall Ferguson Says

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his new book, The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook.


Niall Ferguson On Think Again – The Ghost Of Future Past

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Acast
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his new book The Square and the Tower: Networks and Hierarchies, from the Freemasons to Facebook and looks at the two ancient power structures that continue to move the world today. 


Technology Theft Goes Both Ways – As China Is Discovering

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Spectator
Friday, February 16, 2018

Beijing is starting to worry that the rest of the world will steal its advanced technology. The Chinese military is calling for stronger protection of the country’s intellectual property, particularly in sensitive defence areas. Supercomputers, drones, rocket launchers and the like, were singled out as areas where ‘generations’ of Chinese research cannot be allowed to be put at risk.

Analysis and Commentary

Pentagon Invests In High Tech, Then It’s Stolen. What’s The Point?

by Markos Kounalakisvia Sacramento Bee
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Technology born and bred in the USA has been copied and deployed by Iran against Israel. Crossing into Israeli airspace from Syria last weekend, a trespassing unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, aggressively swept across Israel’s border, only to be tracked and blown out of the air by one of the Israeli Defense Force’s American-made Apache helicopters.

Analysis and Commentary

How We Can Prevent The Next Killer Flu Epidemic

by Henry I. Millervia Newsweek
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Seasonal outbreaks of flu kill many thousands of Americans even in a good year, and this is a bad one.


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