Ottawa's cyber strategy faces challenge of improving integration with Washington
Canada is looking to beef up its scattered cyber capacities by pooling its resources with the US, despite the scant progress made on strengthening the countries' bilateral military command, NORAD.
French external intelligence agency wants its South East Asia team in shipshape
Marc P.'s arrival in Singapore after six years serving as head of the DGSE's intelligence department should allow the service to ramp up its action in a highly strategic zone, one that it had largely ignored for years, as China places its pawns in South East Asia.
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Russian financial intelligence service looks to recruit new generation of analysts
As it is gradually pushed out of international financial surveillance organisations, Russia's financial intelligence service Rosfinmonitoring is counting on its connections with local and Central Asian universities to provide new recruits and keep up its foreign partnerships.
Ukrainian mine clearance officers train in Phnom Penh under Russia's watchful eye
Some 15 Ukrainian mine clearance officers have been receiving training from Cambodian instructors. To assuage Russian concerns, the Cambodian foreign ministry has minimised its country's involvement as it becomes the theatre of diplomatic power struggles.
Pro-Damascus Federation of Syrian Chambers of Commerce makes Paris comeback
The Federation of Syrian Chambers of Commerce, the industrial and commercial arm of President Bashar Al Assad's regime, attended the recent Franco-Arab Chamber of Commerce summit in Paris, despite continuing French hostility to a rapprochement with Damascus.
Informal Fidesz lobby starts to take shape in Brussels
Two young Hungarians, sent by the government in Budapest, have been organising informal evenings for their compatriots in the "Brussels bubble". This embryonic lobby can only be good news for the Hungarian authorities, which are mobilising hard in the European Union capital.
FSB comes back in from the cold
Benefitting from the rising number of incidents on Russia's periphery and the careful staging of its response to these, the national security service has returned to the forefront of Russian politics after being given the cold shoulder over its strategic errors on Ukraine.
Xi Jinping's quiet manoeuvres sound death knell for pro-business China Communist Youth League
Li Keqiang's retirement in favour of new premier Li Qiang signal the end of the once powerful faction close to China's business community and its advisers. The movement has been gradually silenced to allow another league close to the president to emerge.
Top security players tread on foreign minister's toes amid power struggle
In his efforts to strengthen Moscow's ties with so-called non-aligned states, Sergey Lavrov faces competition from spy chief Nikolai Patrushev and military industrialist Sergey Chemezov, who are both leading their own diplomatic initiatives.
French official worked in Moscow embassy without clearance for two years
Despite not having his request for defence clearance processed, a French civil servant was able to work in the embassy in Moscow for two years. His request has since been denied on account of potential Islamist acquaintances, in an episode that highlights the weaknesses of France's intelligence vetting processes.
Nogal Club, an enduring haven for Colombia's military, political and business elites
Across the globe, spies gather in inconspicuous dens for hush-hush conversation and impromptu reunions. This week, Intelligence Online takes a peak inside Bogota's exclusive Nogal Club, a historical sanctuary for Colombia's right wing and military uppercrust, bombed by the FARC in 2003.
Spymaster Tashiev wins friends and influence in politics and security
The career politician and head of the State Committee for National Security is acutely aware of the value in strengthening his support base and popularity among the general population, which he achieves in part through the financing of infrastructure and equipment projects.