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What Policies Are Succeeding Against The Coronavirus?

An examination of three countries—Taiwan, Germany, and the United States—and their responses to the global pandemic reveals what’s working, what's not, and what’s in store.

Partnering for Peace: The U.S. Will Need Help with North Korea

Should United States President Donald Trump be reelected this November, his biggest obstacle to a successful North Korean foreign policy will be achieving cooperation with necessary partners China and South Korea.

Responsibility to Protect: The Case for a Global Park System

It’s 2030 and states have failed as stewards of Earth. We must take seriously our responsibility to protect this planet and its natural wonders by establishing a global park system.

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.

The New Cold War

Russia is expanding its influence in the Arctic Circle as ice recedes and natural resources become accessible. This represents a potential threat which the US must recognize.

Facial Recognition Systems: A Tool to Combat Human Trafficking?

Walk through almost any neighborhood in Manhattan and law enforcement can trace your path, tracking your movements on the 8,000-plus cameras that blanket the city. Attend an event at Madison Square Garden and building security—and advertisers—will rely on facial-recognition technology to track attendance and prevent people believed to be threats from entering the building. Fly…

Making Elections Great Again: Why US Foreign Policy Is Threatening Liberal Democracies

Since Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States, the norms of diplomacy and international relations that many had considered settled have been revisited and redefined. Among the more striking examples are the administration’s willingness to talk to North Korea, igniting a trade war with China, and praising various authoritarian leaders. Most radically, what…

Russia and China Will Test the U.S. Navy in 2019

Russia and China, the near-peer competitors of the United States, ended 2018 with bold naval military actions, setting the stage for even more tension and possible international conflict in 2019. Whereas the U.S. Navy spent this past year recovering from challenges from within–especially the surprising and tragic collisions of 2017 involving the USS John S.…

Walled Gardens: Google’s Misstep Highlights Threats to Internet Freedom

On Tuesday, December 11th, 2018, Google CEO Sundar Pichai found himself testifying in front of the House Judiciary Committee. Subjects discussed ranged from artificial intelligence to political bias to manipulation of search results. Project DragonFly was also on the table, though Pichai was quick to dismiss the endeavor. He told the committee that Google has…

Europe and the Day After the INF Treaty

In 1977, the Soviet Union deployed in its western territories the SS-20 Saber, an intermediate-range ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead and the capacity to reach Western Europe. The move precipitated an arms race and arms control negotiations, culminating in the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the Soviet Union and the United States.…