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Ensuring the Long-Term Success of U.S. Information Operations

In December 2016, Congress codified into law the Global Engagement Center (GEC), an entity housed in the U.S. State Department and established to counter the threat of global information operations from countries like Russia and China, and non-state actors like ISIS.  Today, the effort is struggling due to a lack of support for the mission…

China’s Next Target: Silicon Valley

The Sino-American Trade War is heating up.  As U.S. trade representatives wrapped up high-level trade talks in Beijing last week, all indications are that China rejected two of the United States’ biggest requests: a $100 billion cut in the $375 billion trade deficit; and curbs on China’s strategic investment on advanced technologies in artificial intelligence,…

The Problem with Resiliency: How Resilience Planning Can Marginalize Vulnerable Populations

Resilience planning has become the rallying cry of city planners, architects, engineers, conservationists, NGOs, policy makers, and other diverse stakeholders in cities around the world. Much has been said for our communities’ need to develop resilience strategies in the face of an ever-growing host of climate, economic, and terror-induced threats. What has been overlooked are…

What Does North Korea Want?

The recently concluded meeting between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un was most certainly a step toward peace on the peninsula. Along with the upcoming summit between Kim and President Trump, a peaceful, denuclearized Korean peninsula may be just around the corner. At least, that is the hope. There has been plenty of lofty and optimistic…

A Response to Germany’s Austerity

The European Union (EU) is at a crossroads, with increased economic inequality across the member states having the potential to further break apart the EU. Germany has a unique opportunity to step up, and fight this fracturing. To do so, Chancellor Angela Merkel should not continue to focus on sustained austerity measures, which seek to…

The Human Element Of Cybersecurity Requires Greater Government Intervention

Massive breaches, “hacked” elections, and worldwide outages make headlines on a weekly basis. The mere notion of cyberspace and the unending cry for people with “technical” skills to fill cybersecurity roles present a problem that seemingly demands a technical solution. Some of the most prominent breaches and hacks have been the result of mildly-skilled hackers…

How America’s Flaws Become Russia’s Opportunity

Putin’s Russia is exploiting the flaws of American democracy. To do so, Russia is forging key inroads with developing countries.

Qaboos to Haitham: Oman’s Uncharacteristically Smooth Transition of Power

Oman’s recent transition of power was surprisingly peaceful thanks to a few key factors and limited expectations for the new Sultan.

Oil and Stability: Good Enough to Keep the US in the Gulf?

For decades, the safe transportation of oil from the Persian Gulf has been a major security concern for the United States. But there are reasons for the U.S. to reevaluate whether it truly needs to invest military resources in protecting it.

Burkina Faso, Five Years After “Revolution 2.0”

In 2014, following 27 years of rule by President Blaise Compaoré, Burkinabe citizens took to the streets in protest of Compaoré’s decision to seek an extension of presidential term limits and resulting in his resignation. Five years after the protests, Burkina Faso has since held the national election that activists demanded. Nevertheless, challenges continue to test the country’s democratic development, including issues and delays surrounding key country-wide decisions, insecurity in the Sahel, and weak rule of law. International organizations need to capitalize on progress made to date and continue supporting democratic growth in Burkina Faso.

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…

Venezuela and the Risk of “Democratic” Coup D’états

Venezuela continues to face political and economic turmoil. The Chavista regimes of Venezuelan Presidents Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro cracked down on the media and political opposition. The economic situation in the country is, if possible, even more dire, with the International Monetary Fund recently suggesting that inflation rates could reach one million percent this…