“Many groups are concerned about the 2020 Presidential election and potential fraud or interference,” Jim Feldkamp says. “So far, we haven’t uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud. Of course, future investigations may uncover issues. Obviously, in the long run, fair elections are a necessary for […]
“History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes” Mark Twain Now, more than ever, Mark Twain’s observation is becoming prescient. Strains on the American spirit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the summer riots, and a contested election in 2020 have spilled over into 2021. The events […]
The Israel–Sudan normalization agreement is only a few months old, with Israel and Sudan having signed the agreement on October 23, 2020. While the agreement is still new, several important developments have already occurred. Now, James Feldkamp, a global security and geopolitical expert, is going to share his insights and cover some recent events.
“Israel has long found itself in a sea of enemies,” James Feldkamp argues, “and has already engaged in short wars with many of its neighbors, including Sudan. However, the Israel-Sudan normalization agreement lends hope that conditions in the region will stabilize, at least in regards to Israel.”
James Feldkamp notes that the Israel-Sudan agreement was far from the only important agreement for Israel in 2020. Sudan was one of three Arab states to sign the so-called Abraham Accords, James Feldkamp points out.
“Besides the agreement with Sudan, Israel also normalized relations with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates in September 2020,” James Feldkamp says. “The latter two did not participate in wars against Israel, however, Sudan has, including sending troops. As Israel normalizes relations, its security situation should hopefully improve, albeit gradually.”
So far, peace between Israel and the Arab signatories seems to be holding. However, tensions flared in Sudan in December with Sudanese officials worrying of future prosecution in the United States. James Feldkamp believes peace and progress are attainable, but further efforts are needed to ensure lasting stability.
James Feldkamp Discusses Sudan and its Relations With the United States
Earlier in January, then American Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin traveled to Sudan as Israel and Sudan formalized their relationship. The World Bank also recently announces $1 billion in foreign aid to Sudan, the first time in three decades that the country has received such aid.
“The agreement with Israel will help Sudan integrate more closely with other countries around the globe,” James Feldkamp says. “Sudan should enjoy more access to markets and more aid. Of course, if Sudan causes problems, with Israel or otherwise, assistance could quickly dry up.”
The United States also removed Sudan from the list of states that sponsor terrorism in November, after the country had reached an agreement with Israel.
“It’s not just about Israel-Sudanese relations, although obviously they are important,” James Feldkamp claims, “we must also look at relations with other countries. The United States and Israel are close allies. Warming relations with Israel may thaw relations between Sudan and America. We’ve seen progress already with the American government removing Sudan from its list of countries that sponsor terrorism.”
So far, Israel and Sudan seem to be on a path that could bring further peace and prosperity. However, a signed agreement doesn’t guarantee results.
“We’ll have to see how Sudan and Israel act and react in the future,” James Feldkamp says. “Certainly, developments so far have been encouraging. But a backslide is always possible.”
Jim Feldkamp Discusses the Recent Congressional Stimulus Bill President Donald Trump signed the most recent stimulus bill and budget into law. While the bill left a lot of people unhappy, it keeps the government open and fully functional for now. Jim Feldkamp, who specializes in […]
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What You Need To Know About U.S. Cybersecurity, According To James Feldkamp
Americans are concerned about their safety online, and rightfully so. James Feldkamp, USN Ret., is here to explain what you need to know about the latest cybersecurity developments to keep you, your information, and our country safe.
According to James Feldkamp, one of the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)‘s top priorities right now is ensuring that outside forces are not interfering with the upcoming election. Some of the strategies that CISA is using to combat efforts by other countries to interfere with the election include email authentication, encouraging service providers to use extra protection for cloud based services, and encouraging businesses to go through an extra user authentication process for high-value, high-security services.
James Feldkamp also states that combating COVID-19 misinformation is a main priority of CISA at this time. One of the main issues is rapid spread of misinformation regarding a suggested connection between 5G cellular networks and the coronavirus. This false information has spread rapidly on social media, and CISA is working to teach social media users how to decide what information is reliable and what is propaganda. There has also been a spread of misinformation from authoritarian governments that free societies are struggling more with the virus than other countries, according to James Feldkamp.
Misinformation regarding economic and supply chain issues due to the novel coronavirus are also a main concern of CISA at this time, according to James Feldkamp. CISA is working to provide support for businesses on how to talk about their supply chain, providing their customers and others with correct information.
CISA is also working to help businesses and organizations that use chemicals of interest, or chemicals that could be used in a nefarious way against U.S. citizens. According to James Feldkamp, CISA is suggesting that businesses and organizations that use these chemicals step up their security measures. There have been some offensive cyber operations that have taken place regarding chemicals of interest, and these actions have been attributed to the Iranian government. According to James Feldkamp, it’s more important than ever that companies especially vulnerable to potential cyber attacks take the necessary precautions to keep both their company and the American people safe.
For all organizations, James Feldkamp recommends increasing vigilance, increasing security measures, and encouraging employees and customers to report anything that doesn’t seem quite right. When it comes to cybersecurity, James Feldkamp maintains that when something seems off, it probably is, and it’s always better to err on the side of caution and report.
South America is full of many beautiful natural wonders. Below, experienced traveler James Feldkamp shares his favorite travel destinations in the area. Argentine PatagoniaSome say that Argentine Patagonia is the most gorgeous place on the planet — and for good reason. From sparkling-blue glaciers to […]
James Feldkamp has been fortunate enough to travel to many different countries. Below, he shares some tips for traveling internationally. If you’re traveling overseas, it’s a whole lot different compared to traveling anywhere around the United States. As James Feldkamp used to be in the Navy, he […]
Wine connoisseur James Feldkamp offers a closer look at this year’s top producers courtesy of the 2020 World’s Best Vineyards list.
A lifelong lover of wine, James Feldkamp developed a passion for the industry and the fruits of its labor as a naval officer more than 30 years ago, traveling to and from some of the world’s most celebrated wine-producing nations. Turning to the famous World’s Best Vineyards list for 2020, Feldkamp reveals this year’s top five wineries.
“South America dominates this year’s World’s Best Vineyards list,” says James Feldkamp, speaking from his home in Northern Virginia, close to the Potomac River’s southwestern bank, “responsible for three of the top five highest-rated wineries on the planet.”
The famous World’s Best Vineyards list, produced by William Reed Business Media, honors the very best in wine tourism each year. The 2020 list, according to James Feldkamp, covers five continents and 18 countries. “This year’s World’s Best Vineyards list also sees the addition of 17 all-new entrants,” adds the Virginia-based wine connoisseur. “In first place this year is Zuccardi Valle de Uco in Argentina,” James Feldkamp reveals, “also proudly, by default, the best vineyard in South America, which, of course, would be an incredible accolade just in itself.”
In the second place, meanwhile, is a top-rated vineyard from Uruguay. “This year, Uruguay’s Bodega Garzón takes second place, just losing out to Zuccardi Valle de Uco,” adds James Feldkamp. Less well known for its award-winning wines, one might argue, Austria then takes the third-place spot. “Domäne Wachau, celebrated for its white wine varieties, takes third place thanks to its uncompromising aspiration for quality and outstanding winemaking expertise,” Feldkamp points out.
The fourth place consists of another South American entrant, with Chilean vineyard Montes just beating fifth-place contender Robert Mondavi Winery, which is located in California. “Rounding off the top five, Robert Mondavi Winery this year also earns the prestigious accolade of best vineyard in North America,” notes Feldkamp.
Wine connoisseur James Feldkamp is a retired naval officer and widely respected cybersecurity expert from Arlington County, Virginia. The protection of hardware, software, and data from cyber threats, cybersecurity measures are now routinely employed by government organizations, medical facilities, global corporations, private enterprises, high-net-worth individuals, and more alike, across the U.S. and worldwide.
A subject matter expert at Washington, D.C.’s famous Georgetown University, a private research university in the U.S. capital’s charming and upmarket Georgetown neighborhood, former adjunct professor James Feldkamp has more than 30 years of experience in the field and has taught undergraduate courses in both domestic and international terrorism during his career.
In addition to his cybersecurity work, wine connoisseur James Feldkamp is also a professional book editor and has authored and edited a celebrated university textbook on the theory and politics of terrorism. In his free time, Feldkamp enjoys sailing and travel, with travel, in particular, allowing the retired naval officer to embrace his love of wine at some of the finest vineyards and wineries from across the globe.
From abboccato, meaning full-bodied and medium-sweet, to zymology, the science of fermentation, wine terminology is as colorful as it is intriguing. A retired naval officer and wine connoisseur, author James Feldkamp takes a closer look at several of his favorite expressions from the world of wine tasting. […]