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Foreign Aid Should Persuade, Not Coerce

The Trump administration has demonstrated a willingness to use foreign aid to coerce countries like El Savador into adopting favorable policies. But what are the long-term consequences of this approach?

No Woman Entrepreneur Left Behind

Investing in economic empowerment for all women – regardless of color – will not only give women the ability to participate equally, it will also drive US economic growth. Choosing to preserve the status quo will result in a $4.4 trillion missed opportunity.

A Nuclear Global Zero is Not Yet Possible

Verified reduction and rigorous export controls are the only ways to concurrently keep nuclear weapons from proliferating, while reducing the global number of states with warheads and weapons down to a more manageable level.

China Doesn’t Want Arms Control

The United States and Russia want China to join arms control talks. Transparency and an intermediate range missile gap are key drivers of that push, but talks are DOA as China regards both issues of considerable importance to its defense.

Did North Korea Violate International Agreements?

Mixed signals from the Trump Administration raise questions about whether the US is willing to punish DPRK violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

Make Room for Nuclear in the Green New Deal

The Green New Deal is an ambitious attempt to address the monumental challenges of climate change, social inequality, and long-term energy security. This can be achieved with the help of a low-carbon emitting energy source available right now: nuclear power.

Interview with Tracy Walder, the “Unexpected Spy”

Charged Affairs recently spoke with Tracy Walder about her experiences as a woman in the largely male-dominated intelligence and security fields.

Book Review: The Unexpected Spy

Charged Affairs Editor Aubrey Rugo reviews the newly-released memoirs of Tracy Walder, in which Walder paints a picture of life as a woman in the CIA and FBI in the years following 9/11.

Peace through the Space Force: How Washington Must Assert Itself Today and Tomorrow

The United States must prepare for a future in which outer space is a theater for great power competition.

Searching for Diplomacy in Libya

Even as actors in Libya’s civil war push for an end to hostilities, the entrenched economic and geo-political interests of international actors seem to preclude lasting peace. Unless the international community rethinks its priorities, a diplomatic solution may not be possible.

An Ecosystem Approach to Child Dignity and Safety Online

In this interview, Dr. Joanna Rubinstein, CEO of Childhood USA, discusses the sexual abuse of children online. She advocates for a global system approach when combatting such violence.

A Failed Multilateral Consensus on Women, Peace, and Security

NATO is now five years out from the institution of its women, peace, and security action plan. How has the trans-Atlantic treaty organization pursued the WPS agenda, and what shortcomings still remain?