Washington Takes Aim at the Confucius Institute | Episode 105

Today’s decision to force the Confucius Institute to register as a foreign mission is the subject of my regular Thursday evening counterintelligence chat with Covert Contact regular William Tucker. We look at why it was necessary and where we, and China, might go from here.

You can follow William Tucker on Twitter @tuckerwj

Israel and The United States: Past, Present, and Future with Alon Pinkas | Episode 104

With experience that includes serving as foreign policy advisor to Ehud Barak, political advisor to Shimon Peres, Chief of Staff to four Ministers of Foreign Affairs, and service as Consul General of Israel in New York City Alon Pinkas deeply understands the complexities of both societies and how these dynamics manifest in the special relationship the two countries share.

Alon joins Covert Contact to look at the state of the relationship, look at where it could (and should) evolve, and to dive into some of the socio-political dynamics that shape the relationship and how it is viewed from both sides.

You can follow Alon on Twitter @AlonPinkas.

Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy | Episode 103

Australian journalist Stilgherrian, who’s been covering internet policy for more than a decade, and has been closely following Australia’s cybersecurity and digital surveillance laws for global tech site ZDNet returns to Covert Contact to discuss Australia’s recently released 2020 cyber security strategy.

For more of Stilgherrian’s thoughts on the recently published cyber strategy visit ZDNet. You can find much more of his work at Stilgherrian.com. Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter and make sure you check out his podcast The 9pm Edict.

Chinese Spies and Russian Honey Traps | Episode 102

William Tucker returns for our regular Thursday evening counterintelligence chat. We start off by discussing the resource and coordination challenges in addressing Chinese espionage but quickly pivot to thoughts on Russian cases, honey traps, and the universally terrible outcomes experienced by American defectors and spies.

Online Security: Avoiding a Personal October Surprise | Episode 100

Infosec professional and security blogger Scot Terban joins me to discuss the recent LinkedIn spying case, the degrading environment in social media, and strategies for improving your personal security so that you don’t get targeted, compromised, and swept into your own (or someone else’s) October surprise.

When You Can’t Obey | Episode 97

Pauline Shanks Kaurin, Ph.D joins Covert Contact to discuss ethical and moral dilemmas and how we can prepare ourselves for the eventual challenge of facing them. Her book, On Obedience: Contrasting Philosophies for the Military, Citizenry, and Community, explores these issues and presents strategies for anticipating and navigating even the most complex problems.

Pauline is a professor in the College of Leadership and Ethics, and the Admiral James B. Stockdale Chair in Professional Military Ethics at the U.S. Naval War College. She holds a doctorate in Philosophy from Temple University and specializes in military ethics, just war theory, philosophy of law and applied ethics. You can follow her on Twitter @KaurinShanks.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the participants alone and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of USNWC or any agency of the U.S. government.