USIP's Science, Technology & Peacebuilding Roundup

United States Institute of Peace


Center of Innovation: Science, Technology and Peacebuilding

Weekly News Roundup, July 11 - 17, 2013

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Actually, Drones Worry Europe more than Spying
Relations between the United States and Europe hit a low point following revelations that Washington was spying on European Union buildings and harvesting foreign email messages. Behind the scenes, though, it is not data protection and surveillance that produces the most complications for the transatlantic intelligence relationship, but rather America's use of armed drones to kill terrorist suspects away from the battlefield.
See the full article (CNN, Anthony Dworkin, 7/17/13)
Click to read about USIP's upcoming event "The United States and R2P: From Words to Action" on July 23 at 9:00am.
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We Need to Develop Cyber Weapons Fast – Before Our Enemies Turn Them On Us
The debates over the current state of international law on cyber-warfare illustrate the complexity of the situation. We are entering a new age of warfare where nuclear arsenals and even conventional ground forces could become increasingly irrelevant. The development of cyber-weaponry in secret is necessary.
See the full article (Telegraph, Mic Wright, 7/17/13)
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How War in Syria Turned These Ordinary Engineers Into Deadly Weapons Inventors
The arms manufacturers of Aleppo used to be ordinary men-network administrators, housepainters, professors. Then came the bloody Syrian crisis. Now they must use all their desperate creativity to supply their fellow rebels with the machinery of death.
See the full article (Wired, Matthieu Aikins, 7/16/13)
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South Korea Accuses North of Cyber Attacks
South Korea accused North Korea on Tuesday of mounting cyber attacks on the websites of its presidential office and other government agencies, saying it had identified signature malicious computer codes and an internet address. The cyber attacks took place last month, on the anniversary of the beginning of the 1950-53 Korean War which left the peninsula divided between the rival countries.
See the full article (Reuters, Ju-min Park, 7/16/13)
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U.N. Pens Deal for Unarmed Surveillance Drones over Congo
U.N. peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo will begin using unarmed drones on a trial basis to monitor its war-torn east, the head of peacekeeping operations told Reuters on Sunday. Thick forests, rugged terrain and few roads have complicated peacekeepers' efforts to control the area.
See the full article (Reuters, Alexandria Sage, 7/14/13)
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Obama, Putin Discuss Snowden Case
U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin have discussed by telephone the case of fugitive American intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. Earlier on July 12, the White House warned Russia against granting asylum to Snowden, saying this would give the leaker "a propaganda platform."
See the full article (RFE/RL, 7/12/13)
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