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Unspeakable Kerry

Author: Elliott Abrams
Weekly Standard

In an article for The Weekly Standard, Elliott Abrams discusses John Kerry’s remarks on terrorism that seem to distinguish attacks committed against the general population from those against targeted groups like journalists and Jews.

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How Does Israel Regulate Encryption?

Authors: Matthew C. Waxman and Doron Hindin
Lawfare

Recent terrorist attacks and resulting questions about the limits of surveillance have rekindled debate about how governments should deal with the challenges of powerful, commercially available encryption. With active debate in the United States and Western Europe surrounding this issue, it is instructive to note that Israel has been regulating encryption for decades.

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Anonymous vs. the Islamic State

Author: Emerson Brooking
Foreign Policy

In a feature investigation for Foreign Policy, Emerson Brooking examines the Internet “war” now brewing between members of the hacking collective Anonymous and militants of the self-declared Islamic State. He explores the ways, means, and ends of—as he writes—“one of the strangest conflicts of the twenty-first century.”

 

See more in Global; Terrorist Organizations and Networks

Millennium Challenge: The Real Story of a Corrupted Military Exercise and Its Legacy

Author: Micah Zenko
War on the Rocks

Millennium Challenge 2002, a U.S. military red teaming exercise, was doomed to fail from the start. In an excerpt from his book, Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy, Micah Zenko tells a more comprehensive version of the story than has ever been told, featuring interviews with numerous leaders of the military exercise.

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Why Obama’s National Security Strategy Seems a Lot Like Bush’s

Author: Matthew C. Waxman
Time.com

Matthew Waxman reviews Charlie Savage’s new book Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency. Waxman writes about the ways in which Savage explains the different styles, and yet remarkable continuity, in foreign policy between President Obama and his predecessor, President Bush. Waxman notes that Savage’s novel contribution is the way he not only demonstrates the surprising continuity in their two foreign policies but in explaining the cause of that continuity.

 

See more in United States; Presidents and Chiefs of State; Diplomacy and Statecraft

Why Your Secure Building Isn’t

Author: Micah Zenko
Medium

Though employees may think their company’s office building is secure, the outward appearance of security is rarely correlated with the actual protection of that building, or the people and contents within. In an excerpt from his book, Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy, Micah Zenko details how penetration tests are used to identify vulnerabilities in a building’s physical security.

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