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Cyber War Puts Democracies on the Defensive

June 25, 2015 This month, two years after his massive leak of NSA documents detailing U.S. surveillance programs, Edward Snowden published an op-ed in The New York Times celebrating his accomplishments. The “power of an informed public,” he wrote, had forced the U.S. government to scrap its bulk collection of phone records. Moreover,...

Why Cyber War Is Dangerous for Democracies

June 25, 2015 This month, two years after his massive leak of NSA documents detailing U.S. surveillance programs, Edward Snowden published an op-ed in The New York Times celebrating his accomplishments. The “power of an informed public,” he wrote, had forced the U.S. government to scrap its bulk collection of phone records. Moreover,...

Will 'National Security Threat' Venezuela Derail Obama's Aims in Latin America?

April 9, 2015 As heads of state gather this week in Panama for the Summit of the Americas, expect a celebration, a confrontation, and lots of lies. The gathering will be celebrating the restoration of relations between the United States and Cuba. Barack Obama and Raul Castro will shake hands, signaling the start...

How Cheap Oil Is Reshaping Global Hotspots

March 31, 2015 What do Russia, Exxon Mobil, and ISIS have in common? Not much, except that they’re all grappling with an inconvenient but incontrovertible truth: a sudden, significant, and prolonged shift in the price of oil changes the world. That truth was on display in 1974, and it’s on display again now....

The Cuba Deal: Why Now?

December 18, 2014 On Wednesday, Presidents Barack Obama and Raúl Castro announced the most profound change in relations between the United States and Cuba in decades. Why now? What explains the timing of this historic change to a policy in place for over half a century? The short answer is that the decision...

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Beware the Salesmen of Simple Solutions on Iraq

June 25, 2014 “Congressional leaders left the White House on Wednesday ‘deeply frustrated’ that President Obama had not found a swift resolution to the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites that began in the seventh century A.D…. ‘All we ask of this President is that he do one thing: settle a religious conflict that...

'Iraq's Problems Cannot Be Solved By Robots' and Other Lessons in Humility

June 24, 2014 “Congressional leaders left the White House on Wednesday ‘deeply frustrated’ that President Obama had not found a swift resolution to the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites that began in the seventh century A.D…. ‘All we ask of this President is that he do one thing: settle a religious conflict that...

The Rise of Militarized NGOs

June 20, 2014 Who invaded Crimea? Civil society. Who has occupied government offices and police headquarters in eastern Ukraine, bringing massive instability to that region? Civil society. Who is fighting the governments of Bashar al-Assad in Syria and Nouri al-Malaki in Iraq? Civil society. And who are thecolectivos confronting Venezuelan students who protest...

Germany's Real Spying Scandal

October 29, 2013 Recently Angela Merkel has found herself in two complex situations. The first, as we all know, has stirred a bitter global debate about American spying. The second, though largely ignored, deserves at least as much attention because it may have even larger implications for international security. It’s about a prank...

Asia: The Most Dangerous Continent

October 17, 2013 Some problems travel well. Sometimes too well. Financial crashes have taught us that in some cases what starts as a very local economic problem quickly escalates and becomes a global crisis. Think Greece—or more recently Cyprus. And we know that terrorism also has a way of going global in unpredictable...