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Politics, Power, and Preventive Action

Zenko covers the U.S. national security debate and offers insight on developments in international security and conflict prevention.

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Signing Off

Today is my last day at the Council on Foreign Relations after eight and one-half fun and fulfilling years. An archive of everything I authored or co-authored remains here. Subsequently, this is the final post of this blog after more than 400 posts. Read More

August 17, 2017

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Bitcoin for Bombs

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are gaining traction as a source of funding for terrorist groups, such as the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Counterterrorism policies should respond accordingly.

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August 9, 2017

Foreign Aid
Why Cutting Foreign Aid Benefits Terrorists

President Trump's proposal to cut USAID funding will not help the United States fight terrorism. 

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August 2, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Geopolitical Information Blockades: A New Norm?

The isolation campaign against Qatar includes a kind of information blockade that could become common within geopolitical conflicts. More and more, states are using internet access policies as a tool against foreign adversaries—and being more brazen about it than they have in the past. The result could mean the tactic becomes a standard aspect of unfriendly interstate relations.

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