For Russia, control of the coronavirus narrative is designed to ensure President Vladimir Putin continues to be cast as the guarantor of security, as well as to prevent mass panic that could lead to political destabilisation.
The recent murders of regional officials and top federal army officers raise serious questions about Ethiopia’s ability to manage and contain various regional militias and militant formations which could threaten the country’s territorial integrity.
Debate continues as to how governments should manage the presence of Chinese technology in 5G telecommunications networks. But the argument risks obscuring the critical question of how states such as the UK will best achieve the cyber security they need.
Sir Richard Dearlove’s assertion that counter-terrorism should no longer dominate UK national security planning raises questions over how the government prioritises risks and manages scarce resources (Free access)
Brazil’s strong response to the alleged spying practices of the US reveals more about the difficulties experienced in developing its own intelligence services than about the country’s long-term relationship with the US (Free access)