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August 16, 2017

Radicalization and Extremism
What Is the Far Right’s Threat to National Security?

Armed protests in Charlottesville highlight how the U.S. government has long devoted insufficient resources toward countering domestic far-right movements.

A militia member rallies in Charlottesville.

September 18, 2018

United States
“Russia is the first instance of a socialist economy in action. And it works!” My transcription of an H.D. White essay.

“Political Economic Int. of Future,” by Harry Dexter White (c.1944) In 2013, I published an historical narrative entitled The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dex…

Essay First Page

August 9, 2017

China
Beijing’s AI Strategy: Old-School Central Planning with a Futuristic Twist

China's new artificial intelligence strategy is a signal that Beijing wants to be a leader in AI. How it gets there is a different story.

Robots in China

December 16, 2016

China
China’s Environmental Health Crisis: The International and Comparative Perspective

China faces a daunting environmental health crisis due to its economic rise that has polluted its air, water, and soil. That being said, many industrialized and other developing nations have successf…

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April 16, 2013

United States
CFR and HBO Screening of the new HBO Documentary Manhunt

On May 2, 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALs in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The raid lasted forty minutes, but the hunt for bin Laden took two decades. The search began with a tea…

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February 13, 2017

Global
CRISPR: Transformative and Troubling

A new genetic technology has the potential to cure diseases and boost plant, insect, and human lives, but it also poses profound ethical questions.

October 11, 2011

United States
Syria: No Fly Zone or Not

Syrian National Council spokeswoman Basma Qadmani gives her address during a meeting in Istanbul on October 2, 2011 (Stringer Turkey/Courtesy Reuters). In mid-August, talk show host Stephen Colbert …

 Syrian National Council spokeswoman Basma Qadmani gives her address during a meeting in Istanbul on October 2, 2011 (Stringer Turkey/Courtesy Reuters).

June 15, 2016

Afghanistan
New Commander, New Rules

Harry Oppenheimer is a research associate for national security at the Council on Foreign Relations. The U.S. military mission in Afghanistan has been subject to restrictive rules of engagement that…

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June 15, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Drones, Public Opinion, and Pakistan’s Complicity

Pew Research Center, “Drone Strikes Widely Opposed: Global Opinion of Obama Slips, International Policies Faulted,” June 13, 2012. (3PA: For my reaction to the poll numbers on international opinion …

Drone strike Waziristan

January 25, 2019

Technology and Innovation
Transformative Technology, Transformative Governance: A New Blog Series on the Future

A flood of technological innovation has left global governance floundering. A new blog series explores this inundation and how to strengthen the levees. 

A researcher presents a silicon wafer.