How will the U.S. respond to Iran increasing its enrichment levels?

How will the US respond to Iran increasing its enrichment levels?

With more bluster but also with the hope that they can eventually get the Iranians to the table. You know the more the Iranians actually escalate the easier it is for them to eventually engage in negotiations with the Americans. That is the silver lining in what's been an increasingly ominous nuclear cloud.

Will the new Greek PM have an easier time than his predecessor?

Well sure, in the sense that the Greek economy is now doing better than it was a couple of years ago. They've already had suffered from massive austerity. And you know he gets the benefit from that hard work also because he's more business oriented, he's liked by the international community, the IMF, the Germans. But still you're talking about 40% unemployment, massive lag in infrastructure real challenging economies, so one of the tougher places to govern certainly in Europe. No question there.

Does China see US-Australia war games as a threat?

I wouldn't say a threat. But not exactly an opportunity. Look generally speaking, the Chinese are putting a lot more money, and a lot more effort into expanding their territorial influence in the South China Sea. When they see the Americans, the Australians, even the Japanese, engaging in maritime exercises their response is going to be more bluster that includes spy ship watching closely steaming towards Queensland right now. Let's watch to see what happens.

Last week, in Fulton, WI, together with election officials from the state of Wisconsin and the election technology company VotingWorks, Microsoft piloted ElectionGuard in an actual election for the first time.

As voters in Fulton cast ballots in a primary election for Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates, the official count was tallied using paper ballots as usual. However, ElectionGuard also provided an encrypted digital tally of the vote that enabled voters to confirm their votes have been counted and not altered. The pilot is one step in a deliberate and careful process to get ElectionGuard right before it's used more broadly across the country.

Read more about the process at Microsoft On The Issues.

The risk of a major technology blow-up between the US and Europe is growing. A few weeks ago, we wrote about how the European Union wanted to boost its "technological sovereignty" by tightening its oversight of Big Tech and promoting its own alternatives to big US and Chinese firms in areas like cloud computing and artificial intelligence.

Last week, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and her top digital officials unveiled their first concrete proposals for regulating AI, and pledged to invest billions of euros to turn Europe into a data superpower.

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Communal violence in Delhi: Over the past few days, India's capital city has seen its deadliest communal violence in decades. This week's surge in mob violence began as a standoff between protesters against a new citizenship law that critics say discriminates against India's Muslims and the law's Hindu nationalist defenders. Clashes between Hindu and Muslim mobs in majority-Muslim neighborhoods in northeast Delhi have killed at least 11 people, both Muslim and Hindu, since Sunday. We're watching to see how Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government responds – Delhi's police force reports to federal, rather than local, officials.

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Ian Bremmer's perspective on what's happening in geopolitics:

What are the takeaways from President Trump's visit to India?

No trade deal, in part because Modi is less popular and he's less willing to focus on economic liberalization. It's about nationalism right now. Hard to get that done. But the India US defense relationship continues to get more robust. In part, those are concerns about China and Russia.

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27,000: The Emir of Qatar has decreed a $27,000 fine and up to five years in prison for anyone who publishes, posts, or repost content that aims to "harm the national interest" or "stir up public opinion." No word on whether the Doha-based Al-Jazeera network, long a ferocious and incisive critic of other Arab governments, will be held to the same standard.

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