Alessandro Arduino

Alessandro Arduino

Dr Alessandro Arduino is principal research fellow at the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore, specialising in the roles played by private military contractors and technology in modern warfare.

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Opinion | Kabul drone strike exposes myth of Joe Biden’s ‘over the horizon’ war on terror

Not only are drones fallible, but the invulnerability of their operators increases the propensity for unchecked aggression, writes Alessandro Arduino.

Not only are drones fallible, but the invulnerability of their operators increases the propensity for unchecked aggression, writes Alessandro Arduino.

Kabul drone strike exposes myth of Joe Biden’s ‘over the horizon’ war on terror
30 Sep 2021 - 2:00AM
Opinion | To understand China’s plans for Afghanistan, take a look at Somalia

Will the ‘Graveyard of Empires’ consume the dragon next?

Will the ‘Graveyard of Empires’ consume the dragon next?

To understand China’s plans for Afghanistan, take a look at Somalia
23 Aug 2021 - 5:00AM
Asian Angle | From the Middle East to China, Pegasus spyware revelations show the spread of hacking as a service

The line that separates cyber defence from cyber mercenaries is easily blurred, and China presents a challenge for regulating private espionage.

The line that separates cyber defence from cyber mercenaries is easily blurred, and China presents a challenge for regulating private espionage.

From the Middle East to China, Pegasus spyware revelations show the spread of hacking as a service
31 Jul 2021 - 6:00AM
Opinion | The real test of US power may be when Biden meets Erdogan, not Putin

Turkey’s flexible foreign policy when it comes to China and Russia is worrisome to the US as it seeks to rebuild alliances and reassert its global influence, writes Alessandro Arduino.

Turkey’s flexible foreign policy when it comes to China and Russia is worrisome to the US as it seeks to rebuild alliances and reassert its global influence, writes Alessandro Arduino.

The real test of US power may be when Biden meets Erdogan, not Putin
12 Jun 2021 - 4:28AM
Opinion | Will the next Israel-Hamas conflict be remote-controlled?

The playbook for future conflict will almost certainly include the launch of suicide drones aimed at swarming Israel’s anti-missile defence system.

The playbook for future conflict will almost certainly include the launch of suicide drones aimed at swarming Israel’s anti-missile defence system.

Will the next Israel-Hamas conflict be remote-controlled?
9 Jun 2021 - 4:17PM
Opinion | US-China tech rivalry is playing out in the Middle East and 5G is at the core of region’s balancing act

The region is trying to thread the eye of the needle by balancing ‘digitisation with Chinese characteristics’ against American efforts to block the use of such systems.

The region is trying to thread the eye of the needle by balancing ‘digitisation with Chinese characteristics’ against American efforts to block the use of such systems.

US-China tech rivalry is playing out in the Middle East and 5G is at the core of region’s balancing act
14 Apr 2021 - 5:13PM
Opinion | The Middle East offers US, China some common ground to cooperate on anti-terrorism and security

The Alaska talks highlighted tensions between Washington and Beijing, but can the Middle East be a place where they reverse the trend of antagonism?

The Alaska talks highlighted tensions between Washington and Beijing, but can the Middle East be a place where they reverse the trend of antagonism?

The Middle East offers US, China some common ground  to cooperate on anti-terrorism and security
29 Mar 2021 - 7:33PM
Opinion | Stablecoins in Southeast Asia: the less volatile cryptocurrency is a boon for terrorist groups

Offering protection from large swings in value, stablecoins offer extremist and criminal networks an avenue for illicit activity in a region that has widely adopted digital payments.

Offering protection from large swings in value, stablecoins offer extremist and criminal networks an avenue for illicit activity in a region that has widely adopted digital payments.

Stablecoins in Southeast Asia: the less volatile cryptocurrency is a boon for terrorist groups
18 Jan 2021 - 8:19PM
Opinion | Iran’s enemies are spoiling for a fight, so how will it respond to top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s assassination?

Tehran‘s retaliation for the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh could take many forms from cyberattacks to full-blown proxy warfare. But its actions will affect future negotiations with the Biden administration.

Tehran‘s retaliation for the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh could take many forms from cyberattacks to full-blown proxy warfare. But its actions will affect future negotiations with the Biden administration.

Iran’s enemies are spoiling for a fight, so how will it respond to top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s assassination?
30 Nov 2020 - 4:00PM
Opinion | In Nagorno-Karabakh, drones rain death but won’t bring quick end to war

As both Armenia and Azerbaijan double down on their brutality in the conflict, Azerbaijan’s introduction of drones has removed the limits to its aggression.

As both Armenia and Azerbaijan double down on their brutality in the conflict, Azerbaijan’s introduction of drones has removed the limits to its aggression.

In Nagorno-Karabakh, drones rain death but won’t bring quick end to war
23 Oct 2020 - 4:35PM
Opinion | Nagorno-Karabakh conflict offers insight into the new art of war

Fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan highlights several disturbing trends, including the increased use of mercenaries and the role of social media in heightened tensions.

Fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan highlights several disturbing trends, including the increased use of mercenaries and the role of social media in heightened tensions.

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict offers insight into the new art of war
5 Oct 2020 - 3:45PM
Opinion | Cryptocurrency: the next battleground in the US-China rivalry

The emerging threat to the global hegemony of the US dollar is e-currencies, and Beijing’s huge head start could put it in control of the world’s financial structure

The emerging threat to the global hegemony of the US dollar is e-currencies, and Beijing’s huge head start could put it in control of the world’s financial structure

Cryptocurrency: the next battleground in the US-China rivalry
7 Sep 2020 - 2:28AM
Opinion | Beirut and Tianjin blasts: a toxic mix of incompetence and corruption

In both Lebanon and China, those in power knew dangerous chemicals were being stored at a port, but did nothing – resulting in a deadly explosion.

In both Lebanon and China, those in power knew dangerous chemicals were being stored at a port, but did nothing – resulting in a deadly explosion.

Beirut and Tianjin blasts: a toxic mix of incompetence and corruption
11 Aug 2020 - 8:00PM
Opinion | From China to Middle East, drones are increasingly used to attack, spy and kill

Before drones, a pandemic the scale of the Covid-19 crisis would have halted most combat operations. But unmanned aerial vehicles can now allow states to deploy attacks or carry out surveillance from afar.

Before drones, a pandemic the scale of the Covid-19 crisis would have halted most combat operations. But unmanned aerial vehicles can now allow states to deploy attacks or carry out surveillance from afar.

From China to Middle East, drones are increasingly used to attack, spy and kill
8 May 2020 - 5:52AM
Asian Angle | Here’s the real reason China isn’t taking sides in Libya

Beijing’s ‘balanced vagueness’ places bets on both sides. If the Libyan government wins, the belt and road gets a boost. If the army wins, PetroChina gets one instead.

Beijing’s ‘balanced vagueness’ places bets on both sides. If the Libyan government wins, the belt and road gets a boost. If the army wins, PetroChina gets one instead.

Here’s the real reason China isn’t taking sides in Libya
28 Jan 2020 - 8:16PM