"From thousands of classified documents, the National Security Agency emerges as an electronic omnivore of staggering capabilities, eavesdropping and hacking its way around the world to strip governments and other targets of their secrets, all the while enforcing the utmost secrecy about its own operations."
Peter Beinart warns Barack Obama that taking a guided tour of Iraq will allow the tour guide—usually an American officer or diplomat—to decide what the senator gets to see and potentially distort his perception of the war.
Speakers: David Arnold, Joseph Jabbra, Winfred Thompson, and John Waterbury Presider: Lee Bollinger
The four American university presidents in the Middle East discuss the importance and value of American-style liberal arts education in Egypt, Lebanon, and the Gulf, and how it can work to create social change in the Arab world.
A sweeping, epic history that ranges from the defeat of the Spanish Armada to the War on Terrorism, War Made New is a provocative new vision of the rise of the modern world through the lens of warfare.
“America’s early lead in the Information Revolution can easily be lost—it may be lost already—if it does not stay at the forefront of military developments,” warns Senior Fellow for National Security Studies Max Boot in his latest book, War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History.
This study by Major Steven P. Basilici argues that when physical actions that are not consistent with a nation's stated values are introduced into the information environment, they can be strategically adverse to that nation. Stated another way, in the present Information Era, it is very difficult for a government, especially a foreign, democratic government, to win a counterinsurgent war when the actions of their soldiers do not consistently support stated values.
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Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
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