Weekly Security Digest - March 7 2023,

Interfor International‘s Weekly Security Digest – March 7, 2023

Interfor’s Weekly Digest | Global Security and Policy Insights – March 7, 2023

Global Security Matters

Travel Security 

Terrorism and Counterterrorism 

  • An attack on the village of Aorema in northern Burkina Faso killed 12 civilians.  Suspected jihadists opened fire at a group of young people sitting at a kiosk.  A curfew, which prohibits the movement of vehicles and people between 10 pm and 5 am until March 31, was implemented in the entire northern region of Burkina Faso and other regions after the attack.  Burkina Faso has faced increased violence attributed to jihadist groups since the beginning of the year.

National Security 

Cyber Security and Technology

  • The White House announced a new cybersecurity strategy.  China and Russia are highlighted as the most prominent cybersecurity threats to the US.  Officials explained that the strategy aims to put pressure on Russia to change its behavior and understand the consequences of malicious activity.  The strategy calls for implementing an executive order to require cloud companies to verify the identity of foreign customers.

Maritime Law

  • Delegates of the United Nations completed the first High Seas Treaty.  The UN High Seas Treaty is a crucial step to preserve marine life and biodiversity.  It provides for strict limits on fishing activity, mineralization, shipping lanes, and environmental impact assessments.  A coalition that included the US, UK, EU, and China help finalize the agreement.  Additionally, the EU has pledged $42 million to facilitate the ratification and implementation of the treaty.


  • A Pentagon official said China will not invade Taiwan because China understands the cost of an invasion.  Ely Ratner, assistant secretary for the Indo-Pacific, believes the US can deter Beijing from attacking Taiwan and that in the past year the US has built up capabilities to ensure that coercion and threats from attacks don’t succeed.  The US is increasing the number of exercises conducted in the region due to threats from China and North Korea. According to Ratner, the US is focused on readiness and deterrence.


  • After the Department of Energy released it’s findings (with low confidence) that the virus was the result of lab leak in Wuhan, US lawmakers state that it remains impossible to determine the origins of Covid-19, due to the continued obstruction by China’s government.