Our Adversaries are Interfering in the 2020 U.S. Election: What Do They Want and How Can We Stop Them?

The 2020 U.S. Election is upon us. Are we being manipulated? Photo Credit: Element5 Digital Russia, China, and Iran are interfering in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election.  Just this past week, intelligence officials warned that Iran and Russia had obtained voter data, and that Iran in particular had targeted voters with threatening emails.[i]  While the … Continue reading Our Adversaries are Interfering in the 2020 U.S. Election: What Do They Want and How Can We Stop Them?

National Security is One Thing Both Republicans and Democrats Care about. So Why Aren’t We talking about It?

President Donald Trump and former Vice-President Joe Biden respond to questions posed by moderator Chris Wallace during the first 2020 presidential debate. Photo Credit: Adam Schultz / Biden for President Both Republican and Democratic voters cite foreign policy as a topic of concern for this election cycle. Presidential candidates of both major parties have ample … Continue reading National Security is One Thing Both Republicans and Democrats Care about. So Why Aren’t We talking about It?

Lying to Ourselves: Senator Johnson Shows that the Disinformation Problem Starts at Home

Declining trust in traditional news media and civic institutions goes hand in hand. Photo Credit: Unsplash/Nijwam Swargiary On October 8, 2020, The Wall Street Journal made the decision to publish an op-ed by Senator Ron Johnson entitled “An American Coup Attempt.” The piece argues that the United States is in a constitutional crisis because unelected … Continue reading Lying to Ourselves: Senator Johnson Shows that the Disinformation Problem Starts at Home

Checkmating Chavismo: An Evaluation of US Sanctions Against Venezuela

In this article, guest contributor Dr. Ryan C. Berg and columnist Josh Chang evaluate the effectiveness of US sanctions on the Maduro regime in Venezuela and offer recommendations on how to improve the sanctions framework with the ultimate goal of facilitating a democratic transition in the country.

A Tale of Two Rogue States: The Iran-Venezuela Partnership

Iran and Venezuela find themselves on the receiving end of high-pressure US sanctions for gross abuses of international norms and human rights. They are ostracized by regional neighbors for these violations. Their regimes openly embrace an ideology of anti-imperialism that viciously criticizes what they perceive to be Washington’s interventionist foreign policy, which unites them in what Alberto Garrido dubs a “strategic alliance.”

Washington’s Overuse of Economic Warfare Threatens American Financial Hegemony

American currency. Photo Credit: Alena Vikhareva/Getty Images. Since World War II, the U.S. has been the most influential actor in the global financial system. It has shaped the world’s economic institutions and norms to suit its own preferences, securing disproportionate power and influence over the global economy. This exclusive position has granted the U.S. an … Continue reading Washington’s Overuse of Economic Warfare Threatens American Financial Hegemony

Everyone Loses From the Current Rise in Protectionism

A port in Lianyungang in China’s eastern Jiangsu Province. Photo Credit: Getty Images. One of the most significant features of the Trump presidency is the global rise of economic nationalism. Once deeply embedded beliefs in the virtues of international trade and free trade agreements are now shattered, as more and more countries resort to protectionism, … Continue reading Everyone Loses From the Current Rise in Protectionism

Keeping the Navy Ship Shape: Assessing Lessons from the Past

Dreadnoughts of the German High Seas Fleet. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons. One of the most prominent challenges confronting today’s Navy is lack of manpower. Despite calling for an increase in fleet size to 355 ships, the Navy has struggled to keep enough sailors to maintain operational readiness for the 285 ships it currently has. While … Continue reading Keeping the Navy Ship Shape: Assessing Lessons from the Past

In Historic Trilateral Summit, the U.S., Russia, and Israel Focus on Mutual Interests

Official photograph of US, Russian, and Israeli officials. Photo Credit: Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90. National Security Advisor John Bolton met with his Russian and Israeli counterparts, Nikolai Patrushev and Meir Ben-Shabbat, on June 24, 2019. An Israeli defense source on Al-Monitor described the historic trilateral summit as “a crazy event…fifty-two years after Jerusalem’s liberation, we are bringing … Continue reading In Historic Trilateral Summit, the U.S., Russia, and Israel Focus on Mutual Interests

The Russian Edge in Electronic Warfare

A Russian serviceman prepares to launch a drone during a military exercise. Photo Credit: RIA Novosti. By: Madison Creery, Columnist The U.S. has spent nearly two decades dedicated to counterterrorism operations where it enjoyed significant qualitative and quantitative advantages over adversaries. In these conflicts, the U.S. was able to quickly gain local air, sea, and … Continue reading The Russian Edge in Electronic Warfare