Weekly Security Digest - September 19, 2023,

Interfor International‘s Weekly Security Digest – September 19, 2023

Interfor’s Weekly Digest | Global Security and Policy Insights – September 19, 2023

Global Security Matters

International Affairs

  • World leaders are gathering in New York City this week for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Local residents and businesses should expect traffic delays and possible disruptions due to a myriad of potential protests. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will address the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. This is Zelensky’s first visit since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. His first stop was visiting Ukrainian troops rehabilitating in New York. Zelensky and Biden are expected to meet in Washington later this week. 

National Security

  • Five Americans who were detained in Iran were freed on Monday. The identity of two of the freed prisoners has not immediately been publicized. Their freedom came in exchange for President Biden releasing $6 billion in frozen Iranian funds and the release of five Iranian prisoners held in US custody. The assets are funds South Korea owed Iran and had not yet paid for oil purchased before the US imposed sanctions on such transactions in 2019. While the US has stated that the money will be held in restricted accounts in Qatar, according to Iranian officials, Iran would have no restrictions on how to spend the money.

Maritime Security

  • The global maritime security market size is projected to grow from USD 32.67 billion in 2023 to USD 43.87 billion by 2030. The expected growth is driven by a significant rise in threats such as piracy, armed robbery, terrorism, transnational crime, geopolitical tensions, cybersecurity risks, and refuge movements. Furthermore, the increasing adoption of digital technologies in maritime operations has introduced cybersecurity risks and prompted the need for cybersecurity solutions. Covid-19 triggered a shift to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to perform remote maritime surveillance.  Drone surveillance is rapidly emerging as a prominent trend within the market, as it enables real-time monitoring of vast and challenging environments.

Terrorism & Extremism 

Cyber & Technology 


  • A new Covid-19 variant, BA.2.86, has been identified in 10 states including Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Several countries, including provinces in Canada, have found the BA.2.86 variant in wastewater samples or tests from people infected. The variant is still a small fraction of new cases worldwide. Vaccine manufacturers stated that new vaccines should work against the variant.