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June 21, 2018

Cybersecurity
War planning What War Games Tell Us About the Use of Cyber Weapons in a Crisis

Recent U.S. war games have shown that decision makers are surprisingly reluctant to use cyber weapons during a crisis scenario that escalates into armed conflict. Why?

June 11, 2018

Cybersecurity
NYC Blackout Not The Cyber Deterrence the United States Wants

The U.S. approach to cyber deterrence assumes that Washington will be deterring others. The Obama administration's response to Russian interference in the 2016 election tests that assumption. 

May 15, 2018

Cybersecurity
facepalm Cyber Week in Review: May 18, 2018

This week: confusion about ZTE, eliminating the White House cyber coordinator, Lenovo in hot water with Chinese nationalists, and cellphone location tracking. 

January 13, 2017

Intelligence
iarpa Superforecasters, Software, and Spies: A Conversation With Jason Matheny

This week I sat down with Dr. Jason Matheny, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).  IARPA invests in high-risk, high-payoff research programs to address national i…

November 6, 2017

Niger
Airmen unload a C-130J Super Hercules during a deployment at Agadez, Niger. Will the Niger Attack Shift U.S. Policy in West Africa?

An attack on Green Berets in southwest Niger has reignited a debate over U.S. policy in the region that stretches back decades.

April 30, 2018

Cybersecurity
Books Report Watch Vol. VI: Tracking Digital and Cyber Scholarship So You Don’t Have To

In this edition: the effects of internet censorship in China, the malicious uses of artificial intelligence, and U.S. Cyber Command's strategy to achieve domain superiority.

April 26, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Kenya-Media-Blackout-NTV-Kenyatta-Africa Press Freedom Varies Considerably Across Africa

The RWB index provides a useful tool for comparing media freedom around the continent. It also provides yet another example of the diversity of the African continent. With respect to media freedom, Ghana and South Africa are far removed from Sudan and Eritrea. 

April 8, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Gaza and Jerusalem

When President Trump thought about acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the arguments against it were familiar—and had persuaded previous presidents. The secretary of state, Rex Tillerso…

March 15, 2018

Brazil
Argentine President Mauricio Macri (L) and his Brazilian counterpart Michel Temer exchange documents after a meeting to discuss closer trade cooperation at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil February 7, 2017. Trump Creates a Trade Opening for Brazil

Brazil, one of the world’s most closed economies, would benefit from trade. Brazil can attain a higher GDP and become globally competitive through trade and opening up its economy. Given Trump and the U.S. protectionist pullback, opening to the world could, for once in Brazil, be politically popular in this election year.

March 6, 2018

United States
How Will the U.S. Fund its Twin Deficits? How Will the U.S. Fund its Twin Deficits?

Will there be a mismatch between what the U.S. wants to sell (Treasuries) and what the world wants to buy?