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Damaged radar arrays and other equipment is seen at a Ukrainian military facility outside Mariupol, Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2022. AP Photo/Sergei Grits

Russia invades Ukraine – 5 essential reads from experts

As war begins between Ukraine and Russia, a range of stories provides context to help readers understand the conflict.
Commercial satellite companies provide views once reserved for governments, like this image of a Russian military training facility in Crimea. Satellite image (c) 2021 Maxar Technologies via Getty Images

Technology is revolutionizing how intelligence is gathered and analyzed – and opening a window onto Russian military activity around Ukraine

National security professionals and armchair sleuths alike are taking advantage of vast amounts of publicly available information and software tools to monitor geopolitical events around the world.
Smoke rises from a building set on fire at the height of looting and violence in South Africa in July 2021. RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP via Getty Images

South Africans are feeling more insecure: do Ramaphosa’s plans add up?

As the July 2021 unrest and looting graphically showed, crime and lawlessness can debilitate and destroy government efforts to facilitate and support economic growth.
The judicial inquiry into grand corruption heard shocking details of the abuse of power at South Africa’s preeminent spy agency. Deaan Vivier/Netwerk24/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Abuses at South Africa’s spy agency show poor governance. There are solutions

Globally, intelligence services trade in secrets and conduct covert operations. But this does not exempt them from public scrutiny, parliamentary oversight, and audit processes.

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