Russia and Eastern Europe

Russian Presidential Press and Information Office

Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for rebel forces in Eastern Ukraine have precipitated a dramatic fracture in relations between between Russia and the West. In response, a broad Western economic sanctions regime has bitten into the Russian economy, and the United States has sought to shore up support among Eastern European and Baltic states. The annexation and response represent a major test-case for international governance, principles of sovereignty and the reliability of the American security umbrella, particularly NATO.

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Transition 2016

The DNC Hack Demonstrates the Need for Cyber-Specific Deterrents

The United States' seemingly insufficient reaction may have been informed by international law; the United States might have responded to the DNC hack as it did because international law did not permit it to do more. Limited state recourse to escalatory self-help measures is a feature of the modern international legal order—but, as the DNC hack, Sony hack, and growing number of similar cyber-enabled interferences demonstrate, in cyberspace this feature may have become a bug. 

Transition 2016

ODNI Releases Report on "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections"

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has published a declassified version of the intelligence community's report on "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections," written by CIA, FBI, and NSA.  President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump have now been briefed on the classified version of the report.

The report is available here and is also included below.

Intelligence Oversight

Key Provisions in the Intelligence Authorization Act (FY'17)

On November 30th, the House passed H.R. 6393, the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY'17.  While it remains to be seen what if anything ultimately emerges at the end of the process, I'd like to highlight some items in the current bill that I found particularly interesting:

- two involve attempts to give SSCI and HPSCI greater awareness of presidential policy directives and MOUs involving the IC;

Campaign 2016

State-Sponsored Doxing and Manipulation of the U.S. Election: How Should the U.S. Government Respond?

As Thomas Rid explains in this terrific piece in Esquire, the Russian government has developed a remarkable capacity for blending the fruits of espionage with information operations designed to manipulate public opinion abroad.  It has deployed this capacity in the past in various contexts without generating much discussion in U.S. circles, but recent activities apparently designed to impact the U.S.

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