End-to-end encryption is good for democracies

Democracies need to accept the mainstream adoption of end-to-end encryption in popular messaging and communications applications like WhatsApp, Signal, iMessage and, in the future according to Meta, Facebook Messenger. End-to-end encryption, where only the sender …

The threat spectrum

Planet A US President Joe Biden has moved to ban Russian oil imports with bipartisan congressional support. The White House is also trying to coordinate a wider oil embargo with European allies. Only 3% of …

Putin’s war and China’s choice

‘Ripeness is all’, noted Edgar in Shakespeare’s King Lear. When it comes to negotiations to limit or end international conflicts, he is right: agreements emerge only when the leading protagonists are willing to compromise and …

Fighting a war in the nuclear shadow

As NATO and Russia edge ever closer to conflict in Ukraine, a popular view is that any direct encounter between them will almost inevitably lead to nuclear war. Certainly, that’s the line that Russian President …

India’s Ukraine tightrope

Russia’s war in Ukraine has exposed India’s strategic vulnerabilities as few other things could, raising fundamental questions about the country’s position in the world, its regional security and the wisdom of its long-term relationships. India …