Irina Tsukerman

President of Scarab Rising, Inc.; geopolitical analyst at Trade/Business/Professional media
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Irina Tsukerman is a human rights and national security lawyer based in New York and a Fellow at the Arabian Peninsula Institute. She runs a boutique national security law practice. She is a member of the North American Society for Intelligence History. She is a Fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. She is a member of the American Bar Association's Energy and Environment and Science and Technology Sections. She is the Program Vice Chair in the Oil and Gas Subcommittee. She is also a member of the New York City Bar Association's Middle East and North African Affairs Committee and an affiliate member of the Foreign & Comparative Law Committee. In addition, Irina Tsukerman is the President of Scarab Rising, Inc., a media and security strategic advisory, and the Editor-in-Chief of The Washington Outsider, a project of Scarab Rising, focused on foreign policy, geopolitics, security, and human rights. Irina hosts The Washington Outsider Report program on The Coalition Radio station, and frequently writes about world affairs in diverse US and international publications. She has appeared in the media all over the world as a geopolitical specialist dedicated to actionable analysis, and her writings and comments have been translated to over a dozen languages. Irina is a member of the editorial board of The Maghreb and Orient Courier. She is a member of the New York-based Foreign Policy Association. Irina specializes in information warfare; she has written and spoken extensively on active measures by Russia, China, and Iran and influence campaigns by Middle Eastern state actors, as well as on the impact of active measures and influence campaigns on the human rights and NGO world; she has also published on a wide range of global issues touching on energy, geostrategy, strategical alliances, Great Power competition and its impact on geopolitics, domestic policy, and business, information security and digital rights/cybersecurity, big tech, terrorism and extremism, as well as issues in intelligence and counterintelligence. Most recently, Irina was honored for her contributions as a woman leader and a global humanitarian at the World Humanitarian Drive's Trilateral Trade for Peace Conference in London. Her comments and writings have been translated into over a dozen languages; her latest major appearance was on Australia's #1 podcast the Red Line to discuss counterterrorism and economic warfare in Mozambique.
Irina just moderated a high profile panel on The Legal Framework for Understanding Information Warfare in Ukraine at the New York City Bar Association. She most recently presented at "Character Assassination, Illiberalism, and the Erosion of Civic Rights" conference by Character Assassination and Reputation Politics Lab (George Mason University) and University of Amsterdam. Irina was recently honored with a Certificate of Appreciation from Ukraine's Centre for Strategic Communications and Information Security for her work in countering Russian disinformation. Most recently, she presented on oil and gas agreements, EEZ, and maritime border disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean and the impact of the Israel-Hamas war and Houthi attacks in the Red Sea on these legal issues.
* Gave a talk on the role of Technology in International Relations at the Western Caspian University in Baku, Azerbaijan (05/07/2024)

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  • “We have already seen the effects of similar policy in large urban areas in the United States,” security lawyer Irina Tsukerman told The Epoch Times.

    Tsukerman is a strategic adviser, geopolitical analyst, and president of Scarab Rising. She explained that public policy and a lack of law enforcement in some U.S. cities have created similar effects to what will likely happen in Latin America.

    In both scenarios, more criminals end up on the streets.

    Excess lawbreakers on the loose in the United States have generated upticks in both minor and violent crimes, according to Tsukerman. She says the same formula will produce comparable results in countries throughout the Americas, but with a key difference.


    “The likely consequence will be an increased flow in the number of criminals to the [U.S.] borders,” she said, adding, “Including successful border crossings.”
    “These concerns are real because even before the release of petty criminals, there has been a wave of undocumented migrants with criminal records or who have committed crimes upon arrival,” Tsukerman said.

  • Regardless, this might not be the last measure employed by the U.S. government to advance the ESG cause, says Irina Tsukerman, a geopolitical analyst at Scarab Rising, a media and strategic advisory firm.

    “ESG standards have been affecting U.S. agriculture for a number of years now,” she told The Epoch Times. “The bans on the production and sale of foie gras in New York and other states is but one example.”

    According to Tsukerman, this type of policy would financially and legally destroy farmers as they would need to maintain environmentally conscious policies, which are “likely to drive them out of the business.”

    “The ESG movement in the farming industry disproportionally favors Big Farm, stifles competition, and creates a ‘woke’ corporate agricultural monopoly, which leads to fewer options for the consumers,” she added.

  • Irina Tsukerman, a human-rights attorney and native-born Ukrainian, agrees with Billingslea that the sanctions imposed against Russia did not go far enough. She also blames President Joe Biden for not having done enough to prevent the war from happening in the first place.

    "First of all, the Europeans failed to sanction some of the leading Russian financial institutions, so they sanctioned a bunch and it seemed like a lot, but in reality, lots have not really been sanctioned," Tsukerman told Newsmax. "But in reality, the top ones have not been given sanctions and some of the top currency exchanges still are functioning in Russia, which means that money is leaving the country to safe accounts and cryptocurrency.

    "Not only that, they're using their own cryptocurrency to finance separatism in Ukraine and other parts of the world."

    Consequently, Russia is flush with hard currency. As a result, the Ruble continues to strengthen. Europe is striving to increase its imports of Qatari oil and gas as it attempts to wean itself from Russian hydrocarbons.

    Tsukerman notes that Russia maintains close economic ties with Qatar, which has invested heavily in Russian energy. The Qatar Investment Authority stated in May that it had no immediate plans to pull out of Russia. It has an 18.46% stake in Rosneft, the Russian state oil company. This equals an investment of approximately $11 billion.

    Qatar also has slammed Western efforts to impose price caps on Russian energy exports, calling it "anti-free market."

    "When they say they will buy less from Russia and more from other countries, what they are really saying is they will buy more from Russia's partners in a cartel-like relationship," Tsukerman said. "If I am going to buy oil from one member of OPEC … it's not quite right, because it's not fair because it may end up benefiting the rest.

    "When cartels invest in each other and share revenue, it will get to Russia one way or another."

    Russia continues to cause problems because it still has access to energy revenues, Tsukerman said.

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