National Security

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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The New Assange Indictment: Persecuting the Press or the Overdue Protection of National Security Secrets?

On Thursday, May 23rd, a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia handed down a superseding indictment in Criminal ...

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Trump’s Ill-advised Pardon

Recently, President Trump announced that he will pardon former Army First Lieutenant Michael Behenna, who was convicted of executing a ...

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Ignominious Facts: The Problem of Pardoning Soldiers for War Crimes

“I’d rather be judged by twelve, than carried by six.” This was muttered to me one day in Iraq by ...

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And The Beat Goes On: Congress Spars with Trump and Barr Over the Mueller Report

For those who thought that the long-awaited release of the redacted “Report On The Investiga-tion Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election” (the “Mueller Report” or the “Report”) might presage an end to debate over the controversial events...

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Iran Seeks to Cement Legitimacy of Shia Militias

Since March, a series of massive floods has devastated several regions of Islamic Republic of Iran. Dozens have died, and many more have been displaced after severe damage to their homes. And the damage caused to infrastructure, transportation, telecommunications,...

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