November 20. 2018

Tracking Domestic Extremist Groups

The mail bomb campaign perpetrated by Cesar Sayoc and the mass shooting committed by Robert Bowers in Philadelphia are a stark reminder that the threat of domestic right-wing violence is growing. In the aftermath of 9/11, the majority of government […]
October 16. 2018

Chinese Chip Infiltration

On October 4, Bloomberg Businessweek released an in-depth report detailing China’s cyber infiltration of nearly 30 U.S. companies utilizing microchips “as small as a sharpened pencil tip.” The report claims a unit of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was tasked […]
September 24. 2018

What to Expect at UNGA 73

The 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 73) opens September 18 in an era marked by growing nationalism and skepticism regarding the importance of international institutions and alliances. In advance of what is likely to be a […]
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 […]
July 16. 2018

False Flags: Unpacking Conspiracy Theories

Last month, the owner of The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia quietly refused service to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. In the age of Twitter and twenty-four-hour news cycles, owner Stephanie Wilkinson surely knew that she and […]
June 20. 2018

Who is Sam Hyde? Identifying Disinformation and Conspiracy During a Crisis Situation

Does this man look familiar?  If you follow the news, there is a good chance you’ve seen him before.   Maybe it was his photo that popped up on your feed as you watched the Santa Fe High School shooting unfold: […]
May 15. 2018

The Diversification of Extremist Violence

Five years ago, if you had walked into a room of security professionals and asked what threats kept them up at night, you’d likely have heard about lone-wolf attacks inspired by ISIS or Al-Qa’ida. Indeed, since 9/11, much of our […]
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 […]
March 16. 2018

Hold Onto Your Trade Secrets: Trends in Chinese Intellectual Property Theft

Intellectual property theft in China used to be symbolized by stores in Chinese malls across the country filled floor to ceiling with pirated DVDs of Hollywood blockbuster movies. Now a better symbol might be a Chinese tech startup. American officials estimate that intellectual […]