europolph9Copyright: https://www.europol.europa.eu/newsroom/news/how-europol-keeping-online-spaces-safe (Europol, posted on 24 November 2021)

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS)

Terrorism is a constant threat to societies all over the world and terrorists’ use of the internet and social media has increased enormously in recent years. Jihadist groups, in particular, have demonstrated a sophisticated understanding of how social networks operate and have launched well-organised, concerted social media campaigns to recruit followers. These campaigns promote or glorify acts of terrorism and violent extremism and have led to viral online content in the past. Read more

ny8John Siomkos
(Graduate Student at Webster University Athens & RIEAS Research Associate)

Copyright: @ 2021 Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 1 November 2021

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS)

In March of 2020 the Covid-19 virus had rapidly spread throughout the world with hundreds of thousands new cases emerging daily and many of them losing their lives. Governments proceeded to shut down unnecessary businesses and putting on temporary hold non-essential operations as well as workers.
While by the last quarter of 2018 there was an upward trend in reported violent crimes which continued all throughout 2019 without having a serious impact on New Yorker’s daily lives, then 2020 arrived and the percentages skyrocketed with violent crimes leading the way.... Read more

objective7Barry Zulauf
(He was the IC ombudsperson for analytic objectivity during 2018–2021. He recently joined Harvard University’s Belfer Center as a Recanati-Kaplan intelligence fellow)

Copyright: https://www.cia.gov/resources/csi/studies-in-intelligence/volume-65-no-3-september-2021-special-issue/from-a-former-odni-ombudsperson-perspective-safeguarding-objectivity-in-intelligence-analysis - Studies in Intelligence Vol. 65, No. 3 (Extracts, September 2021)

Objectivity in intelligence analysis is a core responsibility up and down the chain, one baked into the IRTPA legislation and detailed in DNI Intelligence Community directives. When intelligence judgments collide with policy preferences, maintaining objectivity depends on formal processes and, sometimes, personal courage. Analytic objectivity is a core ethic for intelligence professionals, something that analysts and managers of analysis are all expected to uphold. It is fundamental to the very idea of speaking truth to power. As DNI Avril Haines said earlier this year, “I want analysis that is not politicized or policy biased. . . . I want you to know that I’m not going to be in any way retaliating against you if you don’t tell me what I want to hear.” Read more

watch21Victoria Piccoli
(ODNI Office of Strategic Communications, USA)

Copyright: https://odnigov.medium.com/standing-watch-24-7-nctc-operations-center-943702c5a2f3

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS)
The National Counterterrorism Center was stood up nearly 20 years ago in the wake of the tragic Sept. 11 attacks. Today, the NCTC Operations Center stands watch 24/7 to provide an integrated threat picture, real time insight, and warning against terrorist threats. In the years since Sept. 11, NCTC has led intelligence integration on counterterrorism for the entire U.S. government through multiple crisis, attacks, and uncertainty. Read more

 

rocgr211Yi Chen CHANG
(Researcher, International Relations and Security Affairs)

Copyright @ 2021: http://www.euintelligenceacademy.eu/home Posted at RIEAS (www.rieas.gr) on 9 August 2021.

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The European Intelligence Academy (EIA) continues its Research Paper Series with the publication of "Taiwanese Medical and Security Policy Towards the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Best Practice", by Yi Chen Chang. The author, a student of international security with experience in both Taiwan and Europe, outlines Taiwan’s extraordinary performance in the fight against COVID-19 in a clear and concise manner. She highlights the factors that contributed to Taiwan's successful efforts to stave off the disease, while also indicating ongoing setbacks and shortcomings in the island nation's unique approach to this critical threat. This paper contributes to the literature on national public health measures at a time of crisis, within a democratic political context..... Read more

intelligence1Retired CIA officer Ron Marks advises a new Hill aide not to be wowed by secrets

Ronald Marks
(Former CIA official, was Intelligence Council to two Senate Majority Leaders. An IT executive, Ron is also a Visiting Professor at Geo. Mason University, USA)

Copyright: https://www.spytalk.co/p/get-smart-5-ways-to-read-an-intelligence
Published at RIEAS web site on 18 April 2021.

I have had to deal with intelligence reports as both a producer and as a user for nearly 40 years. There’s a lot of mystique, misunderstanding and controversy about what “intelligence” is and what it can—and cannot—do for you. So, allow me to give you five basic, hard-earned rules about dealing with reports turned out by the intelligence wings of the CIA and other national security agencies. Read more

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