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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.

Russia and Eastern Europe

The Moldovan Banking Scandal and the Geopolitical Threat to Reform in Eastern Europe

The fallout from the 2014 Moldovan banking scandal challenges the prevailing consensus that Eastern European countries cultivating closer ties to Western security and economic organizations will invariably see substantive domestic reforms as well.

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