Are you unnerved yet?

Is it just me? Are things starting to become really unnerving?

As we write this week, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency has said that the situation at Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant, occupied Zaporizhzhia, “is completely out of control” and is getting more dangerous each day.

The IAEA is unsure whether the plant, which is now in Russian-controlled territory but is being run by Ukrainian staff, is receiving all the parts it needs to operate properly, as its supply of equipment has been affected by the war.

Meanwhile US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has criticised Russia for using the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant as a staging ground for attacks on Ukrainian forces, saying the Ukrainians were unable to fire back out of concern they might strike a nuclear reactor or stored radioactive waste.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has enraged Chinese authorities with her visit to Taiwan. 

Full-scale military drills have been launched around the island, while behind the scenes twenty-first century warfare is being waged: Taiwan is conducting 24-hour inspections of government websites after being hit by a number of cyberattacks, a spokesman for the country’s Cabinet said.

The Taiwan defence ministry said its website suffered cyberattacks and went offline temporarily.  As a result, it said it is working closely with other authorities to enhance cybersecurity.

Earlier this week, several government websites, including the presidential office, were subject to overseas cyberattacks, some of which authorities said were launched by China and Russia.

Tensions are running extremely high; emerging nuclear and geopolitical risks are centre stage; these are worrying times indeed. Was Pelosi right to poke the Chinese bear at this moment in time?

Marcus Alcock,

Editor, Emerging Risks