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 […]
February 22. 2018

Hacks, Heists, and Hostages: How to Secure Yourself and Your Money in Today’s Crypto Market

Imagine investing thousands of dollars into relatively obscure coins like NEM and TRON during the height of the Bitcoin boom, hoping they’d follow Bitcoin’s lead and explode onto the crypto-scene in the coming months. Now, imagine waking up weeks later […]
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 […]