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June 3, 2011

China
China’s Information Warfare

A woman holds a flower aloft in front of the portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on May 19, 2008. (David Gray/Courtesy Reuters) As June 4 approaches, I am struck by how…

A woman holds a flower aloft in front of the portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on May 19, 2008.

June 28, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Political Warfare

The United States is in a long-term struggle for influence in the Middle East with competitors such as Iran, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, and various Salafist organizations. All have …

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February 13, 2017

Cybersecurity
The Trump Administration Plays Right into Russia’s Information Warfare Strategy

In discussing what President Trump might do in cybersecurity, an acquaintance sent me a hyperlink to a story supporting his perspective. The link contained an article from RT, formerly known as Russi…

June 20, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Conflict: The Evolution of Warfare

Panelists discuss the rise of cyberattacks over the past decade and how the development and dissemination of cyber weapons have changed the nature of modern geopolitical conflict.

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January 12, 2016

United States
Obama’s Drone Warfare Legacy

Today, I have a short piece in the New York Times’ “Room for Debate,” accurately summarized by its title, “Obama’s Embrace of Drone Strikes Will Be a Lasting Legacy.” The piece shows how President Ba…

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April 24, 2018

Iran
Energy Intelligence Briefing: Automated Warfare, Asymmetric Risks, and Middle East Conflicts

Geopolitical risk is always a major feature of global oil and gas markets, but the interplay of wars without end, powerful non-state actors, and the proliferation of new weapons technologies across t…

Flames emerge from flare stacks at the oil fields in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, Iraq January 17, 2017.

May 23, 2019

Europe
Europe’s Elections: The Fight Against Disinformation

In light of recent attempts by Russia to influence western democratic elections, the EU has developed a strategy to combat the spread of fake news ahead of its 2019 European parliamentary elections. …

A 3D printed Facebook logo is placed on broken glass above a printed EU flag in this illustration taken January 28, 2019.

May 23, 2019

Nigeria
ISWA Tries to Win Over Some Nigerians While Killing Others

The conventional wisdom is that the Boko Haram faction that calls itself the Islamic State in West African (ISWA) is less brutal than Abubakar Shekau’s rival faction, notorious for the Chibok school girl kidnapping and the targeting of civilians. There is some truth to this: ISWA has avoided using female and child suicide bombers and it does not seem to indiscriminately murder entire villages. Its rhetoric does not glory in murder like Shekau’s.

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May 23, 2019

Labor and Employment
U.S. Temporary Foreign Worker Programs

Hundreds of thousands of migrants come to the United States each year for work, but Washington has struggled to balance the shifting needs of industry with the concerns of the domestic labor force.

Workers pick strawberries on a farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

May 21, 2019

Southeast Asia
Anand Panyarachun and The Making of Modern Thailand: A Review

By Petra Desatova Anand Panyarachun, the former prime minister of Thailand and a long-time central figure in Thai politics, belongs to an old generation of Thai technocrats, who shaped Thailand’s …

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