Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

  • How Rouhani Can Use the Industry Sector to Help Iran’s Economy

    With four new ministers in President Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet to help salvage the Iranian economy, it’s too soon to see the genuine impact just yet. But what is evident is that the new economic measures, if any, should focus on improving the ease of doing business in the wake of reimposed US sanctions.

    Having that been said, the industry sector appears to bear the highest potential for raising economic output compared to other sectors following a downward trajectory.

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  • Securing the Consumer Internet of Things

    British ‘Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security’ draws on Atlantic Council report

    Consumer Internet of Things (IoT) products are notoriously insecure. In October 2016, the Mirai botnet amassed a massive botnet army of IoT-connected devices, eventually used in a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that overwhelmed the capabilities of some of the largest Internet providers in the world and took down the Internet across the US East Coast. Mirai’s authors began building their tool as teenagers, amassing an IoT zombie horde using techniques known (and easily preventable) for decades. Unfortunately, the norm for IoT devices is lax security—simple, hardcoded (unchangeable) passwords, and operating systems that can’t be patched...

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  • Demanding Iran’s Withdrawal From Syria Doesn’t Make Sense

    “We’re not going to leave as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders and that includes Iranian proxies and militias,” National Security Advisor John Bolton said on September 24. Similar rhetoric was followed by James Jeffery, the State Department’s special representative for Syria, on September 30. Then on October 27, Brett McGurk, US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS),...
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  • Utilizing the Human Element to Mitigate Today’s Sophisticated Cyber Threat Landscape

    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a risk report earlier this year that delivered some sobering cybersecurity news to federal agencies. According to the OMB, a majority of agencies with cybersecurity programs in place are at significant risk of attack. As noted in the report, “agencies cannot detect when large amounts of information leave their networks.”

    This revelation provides perspective to the recent prediction from Cybersecurity Ventures that global cybersecurity spending will increase steadily to exceed $1 trillion from 2017 to 2021; and, the cost of cybercrime around the world will rise to $6 trillion annually by 2021. Inherently, something is wrong with any prediction that correlates increased spending on...

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  • Trump Should Not Let North Korea Missile Report Get to Him

    Presidential anger would risk United States being blamed for Pyongyang’s actions

    A report released this week that exposes the existence of more than a dozen hidden missile bases in North Korea may not be news to intelligence services in Seoul and Washington, but the exposure has important political implications for US negotiations with the North, and indeed stability on the Peninsula. Equally, it highlights the power of crowdsourcing, open-source intelligence gathering, and analysis by the public at large. This, too, has implications for policy making well beyond the report’s findings.    

    The Washington Post reported on November 12 on how a small group of Korea...

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  • Iranian Women Demanded ‘Open Stadiums’ for a Long Time

    In a country where football was traditionally seen as a man’s sport, I was a passionate football fan. For Iranians, it was considered not just strange but taboo that a young Iranian girl be into football the way I was while growing up.

    It hurt whenever people mocked me, “Girls know nothing about football, they just love footballers.” But nothing could stop me and many other Iranian girls from following sports in the newspapers and football matches on television.

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  • Manning Quoted in VOA on Abrupt Cancellation of US-N. Korea Meeting

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  • Kroenig Quoted in Circa on INF Treaty

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  • Metzl Joins CNN to Discuss Singles Day and China's Economy

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  • Remembering the Moral Purpose of War

    The Great War ended one century ago. Like the Korean and Afghan Wars, it is one of the forgotten wars of American history. Our remembrance of the Great War is colored by its moral ambiguity, by our knowledge that it did not resolve its underlying causes, and by the fact that it ended up causing more problems by how it ended. But the war is enormously influential in American history because it set a template for how Americans forget wars when we forget why they were fought.

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