The international community has finally started a serious conversation about norms in cyberspace. But reaching a global consensus needs the world’s attention.
There is no clear, internationally accepted definition of what activities or technologies constitute a nuclear weapons program. This lack of definition encumbers nuclear energy cooperation and complicates peaceful resolution of proliferation disputes.
A world without nuclear weapons would be, in the long term, a better world than today’s. But, with treaty negotiations about to start at the UN, it is time to be blunt about the practical implications of a ban, as opposed to its principled ambitions.
NATO needs to strengthen its defenses while taking measured steps to contain an escalating adversarial relationship with Russia.
Governments need to adapt traditional concepts and tools of statecraft to the digital age.
The Bay of Bengal’s littoral states must find a way to build appropriate institutions that provide a framework for engaging with extra-regional powers and building havens of cooperation.
Given the pace of progress in AI development, the expanding scope for its application, and the growing intensity of the current research effort suggests that it may not be too soon to revisit and revise the Asimov commands on computing.
Congressional repeal of a law that demanded disclosure by extractive industries for payments to foreign governments is viewed as a victory for oil and gas. It may also be a step towards kleptocracy.
While most of the crowd at Davos would love to see America lead as before, they have never been more skeptical about its prospects.
Vice President Joe Biden’s speech was an evisceration of a man whose name was never mentioned, a man who will be the next president of the United States.