National Security

The Role of the Director of National Intelligence as ‘Head’ of the Intelligence Community

In recent weeks, there has been controversy over who President Donald Trump would nominate as the next Director of National Intelligence (DNI) after the resignation of Dan Coats. This discussion makes it an appropriate time to ask some questions:...

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Remembering the Outbreak of the Second World War

Eighty years ago, Adolf Hitler’s war erupted. On September 1, 1939, the Nazi tyrant unleashed a lightning campaign to crush Poland. In destroying Poland, Hitler had the assistance of the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, with whom he had made...

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Implications of the Death of Hamza bin Laden

Several unnamed U.S. government officials recently leaked the news that Hamza bin Laden, the son of al-Qaeda founder and its longtime leader Osama bin Laden, has been killed. Details surrounding Hamza’s death have been murky, although it now appears...

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A Nadir is Reached in the Politicization of U.S. Intelligence

It would be no surprise if there was a clinking of glasses at “The Aquarium,” the sobriquet for GRU Headquarters, in Moscow this past week upon learning that the President of the United States intends to nominate Congressman...

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The Kurdish Struggle for Autonomy from the 1970s to the Present

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump called himself a “big fan of the Kurds” and also defended Saddam Hussein’s use of chemical weapons against them, remarking "Saddam Hussein throws a little gas, everyone goes crazy, 'oh he’s using gas!’”...

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Persistent Problems with the Gray Zone and an Old Way Forward

When the debate was in full swing several years ago, enthusiasts and skeptics of the gray zone concept generally agreed that the term was ill-defined and “stretched to the breaking point.” Most analysts have since acknowledged the gray zone’s...

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‘Ghost Work’ in Modi’s India: Exploitation or Job Creation?

Many of the apps we use—as smart and as fast as they appear—cannot function without people working behind the scenes to fill in the gaps. Machines are not as good as humans (yet) at figuring out whether a tweet...

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The Term “Concentration Camp” in Historical Perspective

On June 17, in the midst of an Instagram live discussion, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) stated “The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are…they are concentration camps…‘Never Again’ means...

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An Assessment of Russia’s Military Presence in Latin America

The domestic and foreign relations of Latin American countries often do not garner much attention from the U.S. government or media until an exceptionally noticeable crisis occurs. As a result, the Russian Federation’s growing presence in this region has...

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President Trump Should Not Pardon Soldiers Convicted of War Crimes

Much has been written in recent days regarding President Trump’s intention to pardon U.S. military commanders convicted of committing serious ...

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