World Athletics statement on Russian Federation

World Athletics statement on Russian Federation

World Athletics can confirm that it has not received the payments due from the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) on 1 July, nor any information on when the monies may be paid, despite reminders and correspondence with the Federation. As a result, World Athletics will stand down both the Doping Review Board (DRB) and the Russian […]

Russian Paranoia

Russian Paranoia

by Anonymous As the Covid-19 pandemic continues in earnest, governments resort to playground tactics, blaming others while trumping-up their own success and minimizing internal setbacks. Russia is doing just that, and no doubt seeks to point to other government’s similar malfeasance as justification. Accordingly, President Vladimir Putin points his finger at the United States as […]

Chinese Influence Operations: Part II of Hack and Hype at Scale

Chinese Influence Operations: Part II of Hack and Hype at Scale

By Stephen H. Campbell This is Part II of a two-part series on China. Part I focused on Chinese theft of US intellectual property. Part II explores Chinese influence operations. For decades since the Chinese Communist Revolution the world has become accustomed to a soothing rhetoric of peace and harmony emanating from China’s leaders: “amity […]

Putin’s World Cup: Its role in the long game

The World Cup does not exist in a vacuum and it is but a piece on Putin’s board.

Putin’s World Cup: Its role in the long game

Putin plays chess. His years in the KGB taught him patience and planning.  He plays the long game, he positions his pieces and waits for the perfect moment to strike. The World Cup has proven to be an outstanding publicity coup for Putin.  It was foreshadowed with fear for attendee’s safety.  British media and UK officials […]

A Strategic and Critical Thinking Lens of World Cup Russia 2018

A Strategic and Critical Thinking Lens of World Cup Russia 2018

Like the Sochi Winter Games, the immediate aftermath of the 2018 World Cup is likely to be favorable toward Russia.  But, like the doping controversy that resulted in the barring of Russian athletes from several major sports competitions after Sochi, time will tell whether Russia’s hosting of soccer’s global extravaganza will be deemed a success. […]

Putin’s World Cup Miscalculation

Putin’s World Cup Miscalculation

Media pundits and geopolitical scholars have compared Putin’s World Cup to Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics, asserting that the global spectacle of the World Cup is primarily a propaganda effort by Putin’s Russia.  Indeed, the Sochi Olympic Games were just held in 2014, and Putin sought to grandstand his nation through a deceitful athlete doping and […]

Russian Team World Cup 2018 Prediction – Not Promising

Russian Team World Cup 2018 Prediction – Not Promising

 The Hosts Without a Team Russia has had a smooth sailing so far in the World-Cup 2018 with wins over Saudi Arabia (5-0) and Egypt (3-1). However, going forward it will be extremely hard for Russia to progress any further in the World Cup, and, if they are lucky, go past the second round. To […]

Russian Intelligence Services & the World Cup

Russian Intelligence Services & the World Cup

As Russia prepares for the World Cup, attendees should prepare as well.  Attendees should pay particular attention to personal security, both physical and cyber.  Concerns about physical security and possible violence against attendees are the topic of discussion among many, especially in Britain.  However, protection of fans, athletes and reporters in cyberspace is just as […]

English Fan’s Safety at World Cup Remains a Concern

Concerns remain over the safety of fans attending the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, especially England’s fans.  Tuesday senior police officer for soccer, Mark Roberts, spoke before a parliament’s foreign affairs committee assuring lawmakers Russia was prepared to handle security for the multi-day, multi-venue event.  As Russia provides assurances it is prepared to ensure […]