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The Conversation

Guinea Bissau Election Inspires Optimism – But There Are Still Big Risks

When forecasting Guinea-Bissau’s risk post-election, CoupCast suggests that the country’s risk remains higher than the average risk in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Maritime Security In The Asia-Pacific: Measuring Challenges And Progress

In order to help fill this gap in our collective understanding, Stable Seas launched its initial Maritime Security Index in 2018. The index uses a wide variety of data across nine issue areas and is meant as a tool to: help maritime policymakers better understand the relationship between various aspects of maritime security; assist in identifying trends, either positive or negative at state and regional levels; and serve as a tool for resource advocacy. While the initial version of the index covered sub-Saharan Africa, it has recently been expanded to include the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

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The Conversation

Hackers Could Shut Down Satellites – Or Turn Them Into Weapons

Satellites are typically controlled from ground stations. These stations run computers with software vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers. If hackers were to infiltrate these computers, they could send malicious commands to the satellites.

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Hakai Magazine

How Rampant Illegal Fishing Is Destabilizing Somalia

In that report, lead author Colleen Devlin breaks Somalia’s recent past into three distinct periods: from 1998 to 2000, conflict between domestic and foreign fishers soared; from 2002 to 2010, Somali pirates took control of the water, driving back foreign vessels; and from 2014 to 2015, piracy calmed and the foreign fleets returned, stoking a new set of tensions.

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Hakai Magazine

The African Coastline Is a Battleground for Foreign Fleets and Artisanal Fishers

For local communities already struggling with pollution and climate change, illegal industrial fishing “is an additional stressor that depletes fisheries resources,” says Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood, a research consultant for Colorado-based One Earth Future who was not involved in the study. This has far-reaching implications for social development and the attainment of multiple sustainable development goals.

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Ethiopia to launch artificial intelligence development center

In their co-produced piece, ‘Artificial Intelligence in Africa is a Double-edged Sword’ Clayton Besaw and John Filitz suggested that intergovernmental organizations should seek to partner with AI entrepreneurs and corporate actors in Africa while simultaneously providing training to government officials in AI and digital forensics.

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Profitable Fish Company Creates Jobs In Somaliland

Shuraako, a program of One Earth Future Foundation (OEF) is the Fund Manager of this new Fund.  Shuraako, which means “partnership” in Somali, works in conflict-affected areas and underserved small and medium enterprise markets to develop a more resilient and responsible private sector.

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The Future Of The Iran Nuclear Deal

Other nonproliferation experts are taking a slightly more optimistic view. Laura Rockwood, longtime nuclear safeguards official with the IAEA, the International Atomic Energy Agency, now directs the group Open Nuclear Network in Vienna. She says, rhetoric aside, what Iran has actually done to date doesn't add up to a sprint to acquire nuclear weapons.

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Somalia: Small and Medium Companies to Benefit From U.S.$10 Million Fund

Kjell Roland, Norfund CEO, said: "This is an important investment and proofs the entrepreneural spirit of Norfund. With Shuraako as a partner, we have a local team on the ground that works already. I believe that fund will have significant development impact in Somalia and also receive as small, yet positive financial return."

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Kim Jong Un’s Big Bang Theory: Weapons Tests Will Get Trump Talking

Achieving such hyperprecision with nuclear technology is only a secondary pursuit for Mr. Kim, who more covets advances that would bring the U.S. back to the negotiating table, said Melissa Hanham, deputy director of Open Nuclear Network, a think tank.

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