Emerson Brooking

Research Associate, Defense Policy

Contact Info:

E-mail: ebrooking@cfr.org

Selected Publications:

The ISIS Propaganda Machine Is Horrifying and Effective. How Does It Work?, Defense in Depth, CFR.org, August 21, 2014

A Century Ago Today, the Age of Industrial Warfare Began, Defense in Depth, CFR.org,  August 7, 2014

In Iraq, What Exactly Was the Alternative?, Defense in Depth, CFR.org, June 24, 2014

 

Publications

Article

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

Op-Ed

The U.S. Government Should Pay Anonymous in Bitcoin to Fight ISIS

Author: Emerson Brooking
Foreign Policy

Writing in Foreign Policy, Emerson Brooking argues that, given ISIS’ strategically significant use of social media for recruiting and messaging, any comprehensive plan to defeat the terror network must also neutralize its online presence. He proposes the creation of a bounty system that would pay hacktivists in anonymized Bitcoin to flag ISIS social media accounts and disrupt its websites. 

See more in United States; Cybersecurity; Counterterrorism

Op-Ed

In Foreign Policy Debates Ahead, Look to Echoes of 2006

Authors: Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking
Defense One

Writing in Defense One, Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking reflect on the recent U.S. 2014 Midterm Elections, which saw a strong Republican resurgence. Looking ahead, they argue that President Obama may focus more on foreign policy initiatives in his last two years in office – just as President Bush after 2006.

See more in United States; Presidents and Chiefs of State

Op-Ed

The Campaign Against ISIL Could Cost $1.5B a Month

Authors: Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking
Defense One

Writing in Defense One, Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking assess the ramifications of the anti-ISIS air campaign's expansion into Syria. They argue that the campaign will be stymied without robust regional partnerships. They conclude that, should the campaign escalate further, both domestic funding and political authorization will become significant issues of debate.

See more in United States; Syria; Military Operations; Defense Budget

Op-Ed

At the NATO Summit, Afghanistan Takes a Back Seat

Authors: Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking
Defense One

Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking argue that, on the eve of the 2014 NATO Wales Summit, the ongoing war in Afghanistan should not be relegated to a "side issue" in light of the crisis in Ukraine and growing threat of ISIS. The next few months will be critical in determining that Afghanistan does not follow the path of Iraq.

See more in Global; Afghanistan; NATO