The government's justification to tap personal phones under the pretext of national security is not acceptable in a democracy, as it violates the fundamental rights of citizens, including the right to privacy.

Last week, US President Joe Biden made an unannounced trip to Ukraine and subsequently announced a considerable aid amount to Ukraine in its war against Russia, while Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed his commitment to protect Russian security by “ramping up nuclear capabilities” while marking the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Serious Breach of National Security

February 15, 2023 08:10 am

The recent revelation by Republica that the daily reports sent by the National Investigation Department (NID) to the Prime Minister are being opened and read by unrelated persons exposes a serious breach of national security. The fact that highly confidential information meant only for the eyes of the Prime Minister is being leaked by the people in the prime minister's personal secretariat is unacceptable and must be condemned in the strongest terms.

Learning from the past failures in political, diplomatic and security intelligence, Nepal needs to take pragmatic steps to upgrade its intelligence mechanisms.

Brent Scowcroft remembered

August 14, 2020 18:50 pm

At a time when US President Donald Trump has run through four national security advisers in four years, and seems unable to distinguish national interest from his personal interest, Brent Scowcroft's legacy is more relevant than ever.

Economic costs of national security

August 3, 2020 13:00 pm

HONG KONG – By disrupting the world’s interconnected economic, social, and geopolitical spheres, the COVID-19 crisis has exposed just how fragile and inequitable the institutions that govern them really are. It has also highlighted how difficult it is to address systemic fragility and inequity amid escalating national-security threats.

Potential of AI Localism

February 12, 2020 11:57 am

NEW YORK – Every new technology rides a wave from hype to dismay. But even by the usual standards, artificial intelligence has had a turbulent run. Is AI a society-renewing hero or a jobs-destroying villain? As always, the truth is not so categorical.

China’s largest technology company, Huawei Technologies Co., is working on contingency plans, operating 24 hours a day, after U.S. President Trump put the telecom equipment and smartphone manufacturer on a trade blacklist, citing national security concerns.