An English Patient and a Scottish Project

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by Michael Liebig

Compared with the continuing problems on the “continent,” as the British say, Britain seems to be in good shape. Britain doesn’t belong to the eurozone and doesn’t care much about the next rounds of stressful EU summits in Brussels. Instead, the British prospect is the great spectacle on the occasion of the

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IT Security: From Stuxnet to Your Smartphone

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by Michael Liebig

In my last column, I have already pointed out that IT security was an exciting topic at the Feb. 3-5 Munich Security Conference (MSC). This pertains particularly to the remarks by Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Labs, a leading international company specializing in IT security, and the Gen. Michael Hayden, former head

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Russia: The “Cold Friend”

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Russia: The “Cold Friend”

by Michael Liebig

On March 4, 2012, presidential elections will be held in Russia. It seems certain that Putin will win, becoming President for a third term, after the previous two terms 2000-2008 and having been Prime Minister 1999-2000 and 2008-2012. The time span in which Putin has been the most

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A “Round Table” for Syria?

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By Michael Liebig

Founded in 1962 by Ewald von Kleist, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become probably the leading international event debating security policy. Until 1990, then named Wehrkunde conference, the event was an exclusively „trans-Atlantic“ affair. But von Kleist recognized early on that the world was moving towards multipolarity and invited also political

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America: Primaries and Military-Strategic Primacy

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America: Primaries and Military-Strategic Primacy

by Michael Liebig

January 2012 is the month of key “primaries” in the United States: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida. In the American electoral system, primaries are the procedure to select a candidate for a political office among competing aspirants within a political party. On the Democratic side, there

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The Neo-Nazi Terror Group “NSU” & the 1980 Oktoberfest Bombing

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The Neo-Nazi Terror Group “NSU” & the 1980 Oktoberfest Bombing

by Michael Liebig

After November 4, 2011, the German public has experienced a kind of shock wave. The cause wasn’t yet another twist of the „euro crisis“, but the realization that there was something in Germany that wasn’t supposed to exist. Something for which

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Geheimdienste auf dem indischen Subkontinent

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Hein G. Kiessling ISI und R&AW – Die Geheimdienste Pakistans und Indiens Konkurrierende Atommächte, ihre Politik und der internationale Terrorismus Verlag Dr. Köster, Berlin, 2011

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Large-Scale IT Sabotage: Fiction or a Real Threat?

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Lessons to be Learned from “LÜKEX 2011”

by Michael Liebig

For most people in Germany and certainly outside of Germany, the word „LÜKEX“ makes no sense. The weird word is an acronym designating a national command post exercise dealing with „disaster situations“. Every second year, the crisis management for different disaster scenarios is being

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The “Euro Drama” and a Bust on Wall Street

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The “Euro Drama” and a Bust on Wall Street

by Michael Liebig

The first week of November 2011 was an eerie one. The mood in many media outlets, the financial markets and political sphere was almost hysterical. There was the tentative climax of the “Greek tragedy” and the beginning of the “Italian drama”. But

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Helmut Schmidt and Giscard d’Estaing: What Needs to be Done After the Brussels EU Summit

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Helmut Schmidt and Giscard d’Estaing: What Needs to be Done After the Brussels EU Summit

By Michael Liebig

The 50% “haircut” of Greece’s debt was inevitable. Most private creditors had already written off their Greek state bonds by that percentage – or more. The € 440 billion “European Financial Stability Facilty” (EFSF) has gotten the

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