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Responsibility 3B: Implications of Technology & Geopolitical Trends

This undated NSA presentation ranks geopolitical trends for 2011 to 2016 for their likely importance to the agency’s mission. The top three trends were global energy security, Chinese militariasation and the threats of network insecurity to US information systems: see the Intercept article The NSA’s Role in a Climate-Changed World: spying on nonprofits, fishing boats, and the North Pole, 15 August 2018.

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Turkey and the PKK

This post dated 20 December 2005, taken from the NSA’s internal newslatter Foreign Affairs Digest, describes the assistance rendered to Turkey against Kurdish nationalists, particularly the PKK, and describes the difficulties of reconciling this with US strategic interests in Iraq: see the Intercept article How the NSA Helped Turkey Kill Kurdish Rebels, 31 August 2014.

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