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The Blessing and Curse of Biotechnology: A Primer on Biosafety and Biosecurity

The coronavirus pandemic has brought into sharp focus the possible benefits and potential pitfalls of biotechnology research. Although such research can be used to produce medical countermeasures to fight diseases and develop healthier crops and livestock, it can also be deployed to produce biological weapons. Even though the current pandemic, Read more…

How to Break Polarizing Gridlock? Push for Big, Popular Change

Conventional wisdom holds that because America emerged from its recent elections as divided—or more divided—than ever, the country is doomed to continued legislative gridlock and dysfunction. This conventional wisdom is wrong. Washington is not dysfunctional because America is divided. America is divided because Washington is dysfunctional. It is likely that Read more…

Enduring Cyber Threats and Emerging Challenges to the Financial Sector

Introduction At the time of writing, several financial services firms are working to restore their networks following disruptive cyber attacks. Banks in Chile and Seychelles, as well as financial technology companies like Silverlake Axis, a supplier of core banking systems throughout the Asia-Pacific, are all reportedly victims of separate ransom Read more…

How the Coronavirus Risks Exacerbating Women’s Political Exclusion

The coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt political processes around the world. Seventy-three elections have been postponed. Many parliaments have suspended or limited their activities, and over a hundred countries have restricted citizens’ freedom of assembly and expression in the name of public health. Authoritarian and authoritarian-leaning leaders have further taken Read more…