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January 30, 2017

Yemen
Fifteen Questions Trump Should Answer About His “Safe Zones”

Yesterday, the White House released the readout of a call between President Donald Trump and the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud. The statement featured this remarkable statement: …

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January 20, 2017

Heads of State and Government
Obama’s Final Drone Strike Data

As Donald Trump assumes office today, he inherits a targeted killing program that has been the cornerstone of U.S. counterterrorism strategy over the past eight years. On January 23, 2009, just three…

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January 13, 2017

Intelligence
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…

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December 16, 2016

United States
Why Trump’s Foreign Policy Appointments Matter: A (Second) Conversation with Elizabeth Saunders

I was lucky enough to again be joined by the brilliant Elizabeth Saunders, assistant professor of political science and international affairs at the George Washington University, and currently a Stan…

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December 14, 2016

Defense and Security
The Politics of Proliferation: A Conversation with Matthew Fuhrmann

I spoke with Matthew Fuhrmann, associate professor of political science at Texas A&M University, visiting associate professor at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperatio…

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December 1, 2016

Heads of State and Government
Drone Memos: A Conversation With Jameel Jaffer

This week, I spoke with Jameel Jaffer, inaugural director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. We discussed his new book, The Drone Memos: Targeted Killing, Secrecy, and th…

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November 22, 2016

Cybersecurity
Thinking About Long-Term Cybersecurity: A Conversation With Steven Weber and Betsy Cooper

I had a fascinating conversation with Professor Steven Weber and Dr. Betsy Cooper of the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC). We discussed several scenarios that CLTC developed that…

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November 10, 2016

Iraq
U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, Versus Drone Strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia

Yesterday, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) published an updated estimate of civilian casualties from U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. Previously, the Pentagon had acknowledged just 55 civilian casua…

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November 7, 2016

Wars and Conflict
How Everything Became War: A Conversation With Rosa Brooks

I was lucky enough to speak with Rosa Brooks about her recent book, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales From the Pentagon. Rosa is law professor at Georgetown Universi…

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November 3, 2016

United States
Five Ways Trump’s Foreign Policy Would Be a Disaster

I have a new column today on Foreign Policy—“Trump Is Less Hawkish Than Hillary. Who Cares?”—which summarizes my evaluation of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s foreign-policy positions. I have publ…

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