The Dark State is a new podcast about the security threats facing modern Ireland and further afield. The podcast is hosted by the journalist John Mooney, who interviews experts on organised crime, terrorism, national security and defence to bring you an inside perspective on the most pressing issues of the day.
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Afghanistan: The Consequences for the West
Afghanistan has been lost to the Taliban. Will it once again become a safe haven for Islamic terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and its affiliates. Might the US withdrawal inspire a new generation of jihadists. What are the consequences for the West? John Mooney speaks to Bruce Hoffman, the acclaimed author, critical thinker and expert on terrorism and counter-terrorism. He is a Professor at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Clarity in Crisis: Lessons from the CIA
Marc Polymeropoulos served as an intelligence officer with the CIA for 26 years. He was the CIA’s head of clandestine services in Europe but also served in the Middle East and Asia. Today he discusses the lessons he learned in the field and the publication of his book Clarity in Crisis.
Yantar: Russia's Interest in Irish Waters
Last month, a Russian spy ship designed to carry out clandestine undersea missions arrived off the Donegal coastline. The Yantar spent time loitering in the vicinity of an undersea cable that carries internet traffic between Europe and North America. Was it on a scientific mission or was it doing something else? John Mooney discusses the issue with Aaron Amick.
Omagh: A bomb that changed dissident republicanism
The Omagh bombing of August 1998 was the largest single loss of life in the Troubles.
29 people and unborn twin girls lost their lives when a Real IRA car bomb exploded. Among those who died were young children, parents and grandparents.
Today we ask if the atrocity altered the course of violent dissident republicanism and heralded the end of car bomb attacks?
Skills Shortages: The New Cyber Threat?
Is a shortage of skilled staff a new cyber security threat? Will Ireland Inc. have the workforce trained to defend the state from cyber attacks?
Today’s episode of the Dark State looks at this emerging problem and asks what action can be taken before it's too late?
Cybercriminals: Who Are They?
Who becomes a cybercriminal? Are they all disenfranchised young men who hack networks from darkened rooms or are they disadvantaged young men trying to earn a living? Are they involved in organised crime or do they work for themselves?
John Mooney speaks to Dr Jonathan Lusthaus, the Director of The Human Cybercriminal Project in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford. Dr Lusthaus has spent years meeting those involved in cyber crime whilst researching the issue. He discusses what he discovered in this week's episode.