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June 5, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016: Rick Perry, GOP Presidential Candidate

Can you get a second chance to make a first impression? Rick Perry hopes so. When the former Texas governor threw his hat into the presidential ring back in 2011, he was a favorite to grab the nomina…

Republican presidential candidate Perry acknowledges supporters after formally announcing candidacy for president in Addison, Texas

December 20, 2018

Wars and Conflict
The Geopolitical Flash Points of 2019

If 2018 was a year marked by international challenges that percolated but did not boil over into full-blown crises, next year may well be the year in which that good fortune runs out.

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November 1, 2015

Military Operations
Red Team

Read excerpts from Red Team. Red teaming is a practice as old as the role of the Devil’s Advocate, the eleventh-century Vatican official charged with discrediting candidates for sainthood. Today, …

December 7, 2018

China
The Trump Administration Is Wrong About Chinese International Students

Once attracted to the many freedoms that American society offers, Chinese students and scholars are now struggling to find reasons to stay due to the Trump administration's new policies.

Students clap while Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during a visit to Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington, September 23, 2015.

November 14, 2018

United States
Spare Us the Nationalist Defense of American Sovereignty

The idea that current trends in multilateral cooperation threaten American sovereignty is a red herring. The fundamental reality of modern international life is that global challenges require multila…

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day in Paris, France on November 11, 2018.

October 22, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: October 13–19

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between October 13 to October 19.

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October 12, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 243 years-old tomorrow. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warl…

Navy Birthday 2018

July 20, 2016

Military Operations
Red Team at Aspen

Late last month, I was honored to be a speaker at the Aspen Ideas Festival about my book Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy. The Festival, which the Aspen Institute began in 2005, in…

MZ Aspen

October 5, 2018

Ethiopia
Ethiopia: East Africa’s Emerging Giant

Ethiopia’s new leader, Abiy Ahmed, is seeking aggressive reforms to put an end to discord and build on the country’s progress in recent decades, but a towering set of challenges threatens his agenda.

Children play within the Balderas condominium in Addis Ababa.

October 1, 2018

United States
How Does the U.S. Spend Its Foreign Aid?

With President Donald J. Trump advocating for deep cuts to U.S. foreign aid, debate has renewed over the role of foreign assistance funds in boosting growth, promoting democracy, and saving lives.

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