Ian Ishiyama

Tempted to Test: North Korea’s Missile Launch over Japan

On October 1, 2022, a North Korean intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) entered Japanese airspace and crossed over into the Pacific Ocean. The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff tracked the launch back to the Mupyong-ri region in the Jagang province of North Korea (Yonhap News Agency, 2022). This launch represents the first IRBM test since …

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Ballots backed by Bullets: The Brazilian President’s Plan for a Military Recount

Brazil is the fourth largest democracy in the world, and its most recent presidential election has also been one of its most contentious. The preliminary election occurred on October 3, 2022 giving left-wing candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva victory over right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro. Despite numerous predictions of a significant margin of victory for …

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Russian Cyber Warfare in Ukraine: Should the U.S. be Concerned?

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has raised many red flags for the U.S. As the timescale for Russia’s campaign grows longer and longer, concerns have arisen over the increase in cyber attacks on Ukraine’s technological infrastructure. While Russia has yet to be held responsible for recent incidents, there is an unmistakable correlation between Russian military …

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