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Your fake Gucci could kill someone tomorrow

By MAYA WHITNEY, with BROOKS TIGNER
BRUSSELS – Like other organisations with a business “model”, terrorist groups rely on steady streams of money to carry out their activities. But it is getting more difficult for them to source their money surreptitiously, particularly through official channels such as the international banking system. Indeed, whereas they could once hide behind ostensibly charitable organisations and their bank accounts, those days are over as governments and their intelligence agencies work with banks to monitor and track down suspicious sources and movements of funding.As a result, terrorists are coming up with far more creative, if simple, ways to fund their malevolent plans. Some of the more clever techniques used by terrorists in Europe to finance their deadly attacks have involved...

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Can/should traditional rules of war apply to cyber-space?

By BROOKS TIGNER,
BRUSSELS – The international community is struggling to define how a government should respond to cyber-attacks outside a war situation but which cause major disruption or even deadly fall-out.After several years of effort, the UN tried to nail down the issue by defining a set of guidelines but its group of national experts ultimately failed in summer 2017 to agree on what those should be.That has left governments adrift in a sea of ambiguity, though international organisations – led by the EU – insist that the traditional rules and treaties regarding physical war apply directly to the digital world. There is a sense, however, that such a stance is...

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Georgia’s future relations with NATO and EU: what and when?

By MAYA WHITNEY
TBILISI, Georgia – It is more than 10 years since NATO promised Georgia and Ukraine an eventual spot in its collective defence club, but neither are members. The reason is not hard to divine. With the Russian occupation of territory in both countries, the NATO candidacy of either looks dicey at best.However, Georgians continue to be optimistic about NATO, putting plenty of effort into their relationship with the alliance. For example, Georgia has exceeded its “Golf Club Fee” of 2% of GDP spending on defence and has improved its defence capabilities substantially. As observed on 29 March by one official at Georgia’s Foreign Ministry, Tbilisi does not want to...

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How to take the concept of swarmed devices to the next level?

By BROOKS TIGNER
BRUSSELS – Just as policymakers and the public are starting to grasp the idea that fleets of identical drones can be programmed to work together, i.e., to “swarm”, – like a flock of intelligent birds, research is taking the concept to a higher – and more complex – level with applications relevant for military and civil security users.The idea is to enable the swarming not only of...

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Who provides security to Serbia?

By MAYA WHITNEY, with BROOKS TIGNER
BELGRADE – Serbia’s future accession to the EU must jump over several serious hurdles to reach that goal, not the least of which is to win over the support of Serbians for the European project. Only 15 percent of the population approves of joining the Union – a number which shrinks further when it comes to joining NATO. While the country is considered second in line after Montenegro for accession to the EU, if the issue were...

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Will Bosnia emerge from its legacy of war memories and fears?

By MAYA WHITNEY, with BROOKS TIGNER
SARAJEVO – Driving into the Bosnia capital, the evidence of the city’s past destruction is apparent immediately: sniper fire and holes from shells dropped on the city decorate nearly every building pre-dating the last 10 years.Indeed, in many ways Sarajevo looks like war ended there only weeks ago, not a quarter-century earlier, when barely a single window survived the city’s bombings intact. That conflict cause an estimated EUR 80 billion in damage.How to rise, psychically, above the morass of such a legacy? It doesn’t help that...

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A fresh start: changes ahead to our coverage, look and feel

Since its launch in 2006, SECURITY EUROPE has revamped its website only once. And it is time to do so again. There will be changes not only to the look and feel of the replacement website, but what it covers. Europe’s security situation has, obviously, undergone a sea-change since the more optimistic days of early 2007, before the financial crisis …

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Update on tenders and calls-for-proposals in EU security (15/04/2018)

1. Call for experts for TRANSSEC – Transport Resilience and Security Expert Group ENISA has established an expert group to cover security and resilience of transport systems as they undergo a digital transformation built around a plethora of interconnected devices and systems that facilitate automation and intelligent decision-making. The threats and risks associated with the digital transformation of the transport …

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Horizon 2020 – Funded Security Research (15/04/2018)

NEWLY AWARDED PROJECTS: DIPLOWAR: Hybrid Practices of Diplomacy and Warfare DIPLOWAR is an interdisciplinary research project that uses practice theory to illuminate the changing relationship between diplomacy and warfare. The central conceptual move of the project is to conceive of diplomacy and warfare not primarily as political or legal relations between states but as structuring principles of peaceful and violent …

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Upcoming European security conferences & exhibits (15/04/2018)

Here are some upcoming events related to European civil security we think readers should be aware of: AERO 2018 18-21 April 2018, Friedrichshafen, Germany Certification, IoT and collaboration- ENSIA Industry Event 24 April 2018, Brussels, Belgium Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace (ILA) 2018 25-29 April 2018, Berlin, Germany The European Navigation Conference (ENC) 2018 14-17 May, Gothenburg, Sweden 9th Annual …

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