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31 October 2013


Ex-NSA man Edward Snowden gets web job in Russia



NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has found a new job, his lawyer says.

The former US spy agency contractor will work for a major private website in Russia, where he was granted asylum after fleeing the United States.


Accepting Austerity

Cindy Williams / Foreign Affairs


On March 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Defense lost $37 billion overnight to sequestration. The cut marked the first wave of a series of planned cutbacks that will shrink future budgets across the federal government by about $1 trillion


L.A. Creates New Center to Stop Cyber Attacks

Sophie Brown / Times


The mayor of Los Angeles has announced the creation of a new command center to prevent potential hackers or foreign enemies from disrupting the computer networks behind the city’s public services.


Syria chemical weapons equipment destroyed, says OPCW



Syria’s declared equipment for producing, mixing and filling chemical weapons has been destroyed, the international watchdog says.This comes a day before the deadline set by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).


Engage DPRK: Mapping International Projects in North Korea

Scott A Snyder / Council on Foreign Relations


North Korea’s long-running quest to keep the veil over the “hermit kingdom” has vexed scholars who have tried to gain empirical data on how North Korea works. However, a project to map out almost two decades of non-governmental engagement with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) reveals that it has more foreign exposure than most people think, and that the number of outsiders visiting sanctions-weary North Korea for tourism and business reasons has been going up sharply.


Making sense of Pakistan drone death reports

M Ilyas Khan / BBC


Nearly a decade after they first took to the skies over Pakistan’s unruly tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan, America’s unmanned drone aircraft are causing fierce controversy in both the United States and Pakistan.


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Russia’ Gazprom Problem
Brendan Zehner
Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned natural gas company, is the largest natural gas company in the world.  It is a big problem for one particular country, Russia.

Event Recap: New Leadership in Iran – Time for Rapprochement?
Joshua Miller
Ambassador William Miller, Dr. Patrick Clawson, Professor Hooshang Amirahmadi, and Dr. Andrew Parasiliti discuss the latest developments in Iran and the prospects for rapprochement with the West.

Bangladesh at Risk
Farhad Mirzadeh
The current political impasse in Bangladesh poses several risks including violence, terrorism, and economic downturn.

Qatar Seeks Solutions to Food Insecurity
Farhad Mirzadeh
Qatar takes proactive measures to mitigate declining food production.

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A Conversation with Laura Rozen and Barbara Slavin: Reporting on Iran
Since the election of Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, the Islamic Republic has sought to strike a deal with the P5+1 in order to end sanctions. Laura Rozen and Barbara Slavin will discuss the latest round of talks. Join us for a conversation on the current state and future prospects for diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear program.

The Future of Nuclear Power – A Conversation with Christine Todd Whitman
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 0830 – 0930: The political debate on nuclear power has been stuck on the same debates for 30 years, but the technology has rapidly advanced. What is the outlook for the American nuclear industry? Governor Whitman will address these questions, and more.

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