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Category Archives: Defense

International Attitudes Toward the U.S., NATO and Russia in a Time of Crisis

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought war to Europe at a scale unseen since the 1940s. In response, the United States and its NATO allies have supplied Ukrainian defense forces with weapons and training, while millions of refugees have fled into neighboring countries. The war has been the center of international attention for months, and… Continue Reading

Are blockchains decentralized? Unintended Centralities in Distributed Ledgers

A new Trail of Bits research report examines unintended centralities in distributed ledgers – “Blockchains can help push the boundaries of current technology in useful ways. However, to make good risk decisions involving exciting and innovative technologies, people need demonstrable facts that are arrived at through reproducible methods and open data. We believe the risks… Continue Reading

Russia in the Age of Climate Change

Klimat – Russia in the Age of Climate Change, Thane Gustafson: “A discerning analysis of the future effects of climate change on Russia, the major power most dependent on the fossil fuel economy. Russia will be one of the countries most affected by climate change. No major power is more economically dependent on the export… Continue Reading

Interactive Map: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Institute for the Study of War: “This interactive map complements the static control-of-terrain maps that ISW daily produces with high-fidelity and, where possible, street level assessments of the war in Ukraine. ISW’s daily campaign assessments of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, including our static maps, are available at; you can subscribe to these daily reports… Continue Reading

Webinar: “The Most Improbable War: Legal Transformations in Ukraine and Russia Before and During the Invasion”

In Custodia Legis: Join Us on 6/16 for Our Webinar: “The Most Improbable War: Legal Transformations in Ukraine and Russia Before and During the Invasion” – “This entry in our Foreign and Comparative Law Webinar Series will provide an overview of the historic roots of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. It is co-sponsored by the Law Library… Continue Reading

Understanding the Russo-Ukrainian War: A Guide From War on the Rocks

“We at War on the Rocks have curated this list of articles and podcasts to help you gain a deeper understanding of the history, drivers, background, and events of Russia’s massive assault on Ukraine. Whether you are a soldier or a student, a policymaker or a pundit, a teacher or a techie, this will be useful… Continue Reading

2022 Edelman Trust Barometer Special Report: The Geopolitical Business

“At a time when the world has been challenged by geopolitical conflict, economic uncertainty, climate threats and social inequalities, the stakes for business failing to take a stand and engage on societal and geopolitical issues has never been higher. The 2022 Edelman Trust Barometer Special Report: The Geopolitical Business, conducted in 14 countries with 14,000… Continue Reading

US Gun Production Triples Since 2000, Fueled by Handgun Purchases

The New York Times: “The United States is in the middle of a great gun-buying boom that shows no sign of letting up as the annual number of firearms manufactured has nearly tripled since 2000 and spiked sharply in the past three years, according to the first comprehensive federal tally of gun commerce in two… Continue Reading

Database of 231 videos exposes the horrors of war in Ukraine

Washington Post: “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is one of the most documented wars ever. Citizens, public officials and soldiers have posted videos every day that show the dead bodies in neighborhoods, the trails of missiles streaking through the skies and the smoldering ruins of entire towns. The Washington Post’s visual forensics team started to verify… Continue Reading

LLRX April 2022 Issue

Articles and Columns for April 2022 Web Guide for the New Economy 2022 – Accurate and actionable data on the economy is critical to many aspects of our research and scholarship. This guide by research expert Marcus P. Zillman provides researchers with links to information on a range of sources focused on new economy data and… Continue Reading

Nations in Transit 2022 From Democratic Decline to Authoritarian Aggression

2022 Nations in Transit Report Essays Overview Essay: From Democratic Decline to Authoritarian Aggression Exiting the Gray Zone Civil Society’s Many Faces In Eurasia’s Overripe Dictatorships, Longevity Means Instability “From Democratic Decline to Authoritarian Aggression – On February 24, Russian president Vladimir Putin launched a brutal invasion of Ukraine. This war, which has already displaced… Continue Reading

A shelter in Ukraine saved hundreds of cats and dogs — and a lion

Washington Post: “As Russian tanks neared Kyiv earlier this year, the capital’s suburbs were emptying fast. Terrified residents poured out; roads were gridlocked. Asya Serpinska walked the other way. The 77-year-old had spent two decades keeping her animal shelter going in Hostomel, a town northwest of Kyiv. With the threat of Russian occupation now looming,… Continue Reading