ASU Insight: Should we bury the Minsk Agreement?

June 22, 2016

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Besieged by the Kremlin’s occupation of Crimea and ongoing aggression in the East, Ukraine is simultaneously weakened by a failure of the ruling elite to tackle corruption. Western leaders have also fallen short in providing vital military, diplomatic, or economic support. Practical anti-corruption measures have yet to be leveraged against Ukrainian figures, while sanctions against the kleptocratic Putin regime and its cronies remain tied to the flawed Minsk agreement.

Attacked by Putin, let down by their own leaders, and shortchanged by the West, the Ukrainian people have nevertheless continued to fight for a free, sovereign, and democratic future.

A debate with:

Mr. David Kramer
Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy
The McCain Institute for International Leadership

Ambassador John Herbst
Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council

Moderated by:

Ambassador Kurt Volker
Executive Director
The McCain Institute for International Leadership

Ken Fagan

Videographer, ASU Now


Tips for guarding your online privacy while traveling

June 22, 2016

Summertime is now upon us in the Valley of the Sun. Hot temperatures on the rise mean many of us will retreat from the heat by traveling for a long weekend or an extended period of time. Please take a few minutes to refresh your memory regarding these best practices ( for guarding your online privacy while you are away:

• Take additional safeguards on your mobile devices if you are traveling, especially if you are traveling abroad. two cell phones on table This summer, remember to take additional safeguards on your mobile devices if you are traveling, especially if you are traveling abroad. Download Full Image

• Be careful when connecting to any wireless access points, especially if they are unencrypted.

• Turn off wireless services when not in use (wifi, bluetooth, etc...).

• Always use the virtual private network, or VPN when connecting to any ASU resources.

• For travel to certain countries, do not take any computerized devices. Or, if absolutely necessary, get a loaner "burner" device that contains no data, and assume it is compromised and should be wiped clean upon return.

• For an added safety measure, please remember to enable encryption on your device see

• Be wary of who is behind you or looking over your shoulder at your screen, and consider using a screen shield or privacy guard.

• Never leave your device unattended, and make sure it is locked up securely in the place you are staying.

Another great tip is to turn on your “find my device” feature and your remote wipe capabilities (See Knowledge Base article about remotely wiping lost or stolen phones connected to ASU Exchange Accounts) just in case your phone is stolen or misplaced while traveling. Also, avoid announcing your trip ahead of time on social media. This tip may be especially difficult in today’s world but if you do post, make sure your settings are on private so only people you trust will know your whereabouts. Remember, just because you have secure privacy settings doesn’t mean that someone you don’t know won’t share. Share items you would only want duplicated in a “magazine” forever.


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