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Strengthening Cybersecurity Cooperation with the UAE: A Collaborative Approach to Addressing Digital Threats

  Introduction The Washington Center for Defense and Security recognizes the pressing need to strengthen cybersecurity cooperation in an increasingly interconnected world. This article focuses on the importance of forging a robust partnership with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to address emerging threats and vulnerabilities in the digital realm. By sharing best practices, promoting information […]
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Upholding Human Rights and Rule of Law in the UAE: A Call for Greater Accountability

  Introduction The Washington Institute for Defense and Security is deeply committed to the principles of human rights and the rule of law. In this article, we focus on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and call upon its government to prioritize and uphold human rights standards, promote freedom of expression and press freedom, address the […]
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Microsoft Should Suspend Data Center Plans in Saudi Arabia: Balancing Corporate Growth with Human Rights Considerations

  In an era driven by digital transformation, the establishment of data centers has become a crucial aspect of expanding technological infrastructure. Companies like Microsoft, with their global reach and influence, face important decisions when choosing locations for their data centers. This article, on behalf of the Washington Institute for Defense and Security, argues that […]
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The UAE’s Use of Hired Defamation Companies: A New Low in Political Repression

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country that has long been known for its authoritarian tendencies, particularly when it comes to political dissent. However, the recent revelations about the country’s use of hired defamation companies to launch smear campaigns against its opponents represent a new low in the UAE’s treatment of political dissidents and […]
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Ukraine: Liberation of territories annexed by Russia “a matter of time”

The annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014 sparked a conflict that has been ongoing for almost a decade. Since then, Ukraine has been fighting to regain control of its territories annexed by Russia, including Crimea and parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Despite the challenges and setbacks, Ukrainian officials remain optimistic that the liberation […]
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Poland Steps Up to Provide Fighter Jets to Ukraine in Face of Russian Aggression

Poland has recently become the first country within NATO to provide Ukraine with fighters, as the conflict between Ukraine and Russia continues to escalate. The move comes as a response to Ukraine’s urgent need for warplanes to defend itself against Russian aggression. The provision of fighters is part of a broader effort by Poland to […]
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US approves sale of Tomahawk missiles to Australia under Aukus pact, raising concerns

Australia is set to purchase 220 cruise missiles, including Tomahawk missiles and technical support, from the US in a deal worth $895m, pending approval from Congress. These missiles will be used by Australia’s newly acquired Virginia-class submarines under the Aukus defence pact, and Defence Minister Richard Marles has described them as a “really important capability” […]
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US Army Plans to Establish Three Multidomain Task Force Units in the Pacific to Counter Emerging Threats

The US Army’s Chief of Staff, General James McConville, has recently announced plans to establish three multidomain task force units in the Pacific region. This move is aimed at bolstering the Army’s capabilities in the region and countering emerging threats from countries like China and Russia. Multidomain task force units are designed to operate across […]
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US to Expand Submarine Industrial Base for AUKUS Partnership, Supporting Australia’s Nuclear-Powered Submarine Development

The recently formed security partnership between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, known as AUKUS, has been making headlines since its announcement in September 2021. One of the key areas of focus for the partnership is the expansion of the submarine industrial base to enhance the underwater capabilities of the three nations. Under […]
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US Army Prioritizes Modernization in 2024 Pentagon Budget, Slowing Down Upgrades to Legacy Platforms

The Pentagon budget for 2024 has been a topic of much discussion in recent months. With the US Army making some strategic decisions regarding its legacy platforms, the budget has been adjusted accordingly. This decision has been met with some criticism, as it raises questions about the US Army’s preparedness for future conflicts. However, many […]
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