January 1. 2019

Looking Back at 2018: Is Toxic the New Normal?

2018 will go down in history as a toxic year.  That designation is courtesy of Oxford Dictionaries, which annually selects one word to reflect “the ethos, mood, or preoccupations” of the previous 12 months.  The dictionary publisher selected toxic because […]
August 16. 2018

Assassinations in the Drone Age

On Saturday evening, embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was nearing the end of his remarks to hundreds of military troops at a ceremony commemorating the 81st anniversary of the National Guard at an outdoor event in Caracas. In the middle […]
April 1. 2018

Fifteen Years of Shock and Awe

Lost in the noise of our frenetic news cycle, last month we passed a critical historical milestone without most people even realizing it. Fifteen years ago, on March 20, 2003, a U.S.-led coalition launched Operation Iraqi Freedom to topple Saddam […]
January 18. 2018

Pyeongchang 2018 and the Phenomenon of Imminent Catastrophe

With less than a month to go before the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, the eyes of the world are on the Korean peninsula – but not for the reasons Olympic organizers had hoped for when […]
December 21. 2017

2017: Making Sense of a Weird Year

The year began with Donald Trump’s bleak inaugural address, during which, in stark contrast to the usual pomp of the quadrennial celebration, he surveyed the “rusted out” landscape of the country and bemoaned the “American carnage” of our time.  After […]
November 17. 2017

One Year Later: Revisiting the 2016 Election

One year ago this week, Donald Trump defied nearly every poll and political prognosticator in America, defeating his heavily favored opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the culmination of one of the strangest presidential elections in American history. As the sun rose […]
July 21. 2017

Election Hacking is Here to Stay

When President Donald Trump emerged from his long-awaited bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg earlier this month, he proudly proclaimed that the two leaders had agreed to create “an impenetrable […]
June 15. 2017

2017: Populism in the Digital Age

A year ago, we warned that in 2016 we would see the “Return of History.” It’s not only back, but it returned with a vengeance this year, culminating in populist eruptions that are likely to fundamentally alter the international order. […]