When you hear the term, “Five Eyes”, it refers to the intelligence community and five specific countries: the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This came about during the Cold War in response to the common threat of the Soviet Union faced by all five countries and to benefit from intelligence gathering and sharing among these countries.
This alliance gained new relevance after 9-11 with the threat of Islamic terrorism and the Five Eyes countries participation in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since then, it has evolved to include not only the internal terrorist threat faced by these countries, but now includes cyber terrorism and self-radicalization.
The Five Eyes alliance has evolved and strengthened over the years and now faces greater common challenges both internally and externally. This will present new opportunities and benefits for cooperation. Read more…
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