Barry Pavel, Atlantic Council vice president and director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, joins Federal News Radio to speak about why America's rebalance to Asia and the Middle East makes our relationship with European countries and NATO different.
Frederic C. Hof, senior fellow with the Hariri Middle East Center, appeared on Australia’s primetime news program to discuss the G8 countries’ talks on the Syria conflict, the Obama administration’s plans to arm the Syrian opposition while seeking a negotiated settlement, and the broader regional implications of the Syria conflict.
Atlantic Council managing editor James Joyner asks in The National Interest, "Why Should Congress and the Courts Care About Snooping If Citizens Don't?"
J. Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, was interviewed by Brian Todd on CNN’s Situation Room in a segment on the discovery of evidence in northern Mali that al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) may have acquired surface-to-air missiles.
In one of the year’s most poorly understood bit of cyber news, the United States has again announced it may use military force in response to a cyber attack. In a new publication, Jason Healey, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, puts this cyber “declaratory policy” into the proper context, both how it fits into other US declaratory policies and the reality of cyber conflict.
Findings of this brief include:
- On one hand, the cyber declaratory policy is a relatively boring affirmation of continuity with previous national security statements: it will not in what manner or with what weapons the United States is attacked. The US leadership will treat a significant cyber attack on the nation in the same way they would an attack on the land, sea, air or in space and respond in an appropriate manner.
- Having this declaratory policy will raise the stakes for adversaries hoping to cause damage or kill Americans, hiding behind claims of plausible deniability. The President has made clear that proportional military force will be an option.
- Press reports from Russia and China make it seem like this declaratory statement is well understood by those nations, even though it has been misunderstood by the media that covers technical topics, as evidence by headlines like “OBAMA RESERVES RIGHT TO NUKE HACKERS”.
This issue brief builds on the Cyber Statecraft Initiative’s previous writings including an assessment of the UN proposal from Russia and China, comparative international norms, declaratory policy, response to national security incidents, and the new cyber strategies from the White House, Department of Defense, and NATO.
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