The Future of the Financial (in)Action Task Force

Financial (In)Action Task Force

When it comes to terrorism and the consistent recurrence of suicide attacks, bombings, and killings many feel, despite international efforts to combat groups such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Boko Haram, terrorism is getting worse – not better. Unfortunately, while disheartening to say, this sentiment isn’t exactly wrong.  In 2015, it was reported that deaths by terrorism in OECD countries increased by 650%. Furthermore, in 2016, The Global Terrorism Index concluded that while the number of terrorist bombings decreased throughout the year, the bombs that were detonated in 2016 were more efficient, more lethal and more deadly than ever and had engaged in tactics to maximize fatalities. To put it simply, if an entire terrorist operation were to be looked

Canada & the Race for the North

Ernest Laponte Ship

Ninety billion. That’s the amount of oil, in barrels, that is estimated to be resting underneath the North Pole today. That’s only part of part of the picture. In addition to the oil, the US Geological Survey concluded that there is also an estimated 1,669 trillion cubic feet of natural gas trapped in the Arctic. Add this untapped reservoir of resources with the fact that the polar ice caps are slowly melting, it doesn’t take long to realize that the Arctic may be donning a particularly new appeal for countries that surround it. With Canada, the United States, Denmark, Norway, and Russia all laying geographical claim to the land, the battle to own the North Pole may very well be the

Cybersecurity in the Middle East

Hacker Backlit Keyboard

July 22, 2015, FBI Director James Comey attended The Aspen Security Forum and told its audience that there were “signs of increasing interest” to use cyberspace as a channel for exploiting national vulnerabilities. Sensational words, which worked to do as intended – reveal the United States as the target nation for hackers across the globe. Undeniably, eyes are on the United States to set the standard of what it means for a country to defend itself against the increasing amount of hackers that hide behind a wall of anonymity. After all, the stakes are high. Back in 2010, the former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell addressed Congress and said “we’re the most connected. We have the most to lose.”