Opinion

  • Are the United States and China in a New Cold War?

    The Texas National Security Review recently gathered a group of Asia-watchers and historically-minded scholars to discuss whether the tensions between the United States and China amount to a 21st century Cold War. Senior Fellow Iskander Rehman chaired the roundtable, providing the following introductory essay :   For over two decades, Western academics and policymakers have struggled to define the nature and scope of the challenge posed by China’s rise.1 In the early 1990s, the … Read More

  • Climate change and American

    Continuing Security in the Climate Era

    Redefining Security | Foreign Affairs The Top 15 Countries for Military Expenditure in 2016 | Forbes U.S. Military Puts “Great Power Competition” at Heart of Strategy | Reuters Pentagon Asks for Major Budget Increase Amid Threats from Russia, China and North Korea | CNN   Amidst the threats from North Korea, China, and Russia, the Pentagon is proposing an increase in its military spending power for 2019. If approved, the … Read More

  • Tariffs on steel and aluminum industry

    A 19th Century Hammer versus a 21st Century Nail

    Picks of the Week: “Don’t blame China, Mr. President. Blame the robots” | The Washington Post “Trump Tariffs won’t bring back steel mills” | The Baltimore Sun “How Many American Jobs Could be Lost Thanks to Trump’s Steel and Aluminum Tariffs” | Fortune Faced with a profound transformation in the workforce just 18 years into the twenty-first century, the President of the United States has adopted a decidedly nineteenth century tool to meet … Read More

  • Xi Jinping and President Trump

    Authoritarian Powers in the Age of America First

    PICKS OF THE WEEK “The Authoritarian Challenge: China, Russia and the Threat to the Liberal International Order” | Aaron L. Friedberg “Making China Great Again” | The New Yorker “The Rise and Rise of Viktor Orban” | The Financial Times  “A Sober Trump Reassures the Davos Elite” | The New York Times   In the immediate aftermath of the Cold War, Western policy elites—basking in the glow of their perceived success—came to believe that the … Read More

  • Russian Hacking

    We Knew Russia Attacked American Democracy Before Election Day 2016

    Picks of the Week “Trump-FBI feud over classified memo erupts into open conflict” | Washington Post “Dutch agencies provide crucial intel about Russia’s interference in U.S.-elections” | deVolksrant “Senator Urges Fellow Republicans to Heed Warnings on Releasing Secret Memo” | The New York Times   For weeks, one of the trending hashtags pushed by a network of known Russian bots has been #ReleaseTheMemo. The memo in question is a summary … Read More

  • Rex Tillerson

    Tillerson’s Travails

    “Rex Tillerson, Visiting Europe, Gets Cold Shoulder” | The New York Times “Tillerson Seeks to Reassure Worried Europe Over Trump” | Reuters “Tillerson Visits Brussels Amid Doubts About his Future, and His Boss” | Politico Europe “The Worst Secretary of State in Living Memory” | The Atlantic “Replacing Tillerson with Pompeo Would Supplant a Moderate with a Hawk” | The New York Times   When Rex Tillerson was chosen as … Read More

  • Poland Independence Day

    Diversity and Peace vs Purity and Violence

    ‘White Europe’: 60,000 nationalists march on Poland’s independence day | The Guardian White nationalists call for ethnic purity at Polish demonstration | Politico Poland defends massive far-right protest that called for a ‘White Europe’ | Washington Post Poland celebrated its 99th Independence Day last weekend—and a parallel celebration of far-right extremists—almost 60,000 of them calling for “pure blood” and a “white Europe”—marched through the streets.  The celebration attracted white supremacists … Read More

  • George Psalmanazer fake news

    Citizens Must Be Sophisticated Consumers of News

    “There’s No Way to Report Many of the Fastest-Spreading Las Vegas Conspiracy Theories on Faceebook” | Quartz “Facebook and Google Pledged to Stop Fake News. So Why Did They Promote Las Vegas-shooting Hoaxes?” | Los Angeles Times “Russia’s Hybrid Warriors Got the White House. Now They’re Coming for America’s Town Halls” | Foreign Policy “These are the Facebook Posts Russia Used to Undermine Hillary Clinton’s Campaign | Think Progress “Fake … Read More

  • PICKS OF THE WEEK: GERMANY’S ELECTIONS AND ITS RAMIFICATIONS

    “After the Election, Germany’s Democracy Faces its Hardest Test Since 1949” | The Washington Post “Revenge of the East? How Anger in the Former GDR Helped the AFD” | The Guardian “A Jamaica Germany is Good for Europe” | The Financial Times “Macron’s European Defense Doctrine” | Carnegie Europe This week, Chancellor Angela Merkel secured her fourth term in office, prolonging her already extended reign (11 years) as the European Union’s longest serving leader. … Read More

  • Unlocked cybersecurity graphic

    The Equifax Breach is a Case Study in Why We Need a National Data Notification and Protection Law: Picks of the Week

    “The Time is Now for Congress to Act of a National Data Breach Notification Law” | The Hill “Equifax Breach Prompts Scrutiny, but New Rules May Not Follow” | The New York Times “The single most depressing thing about the Equifax breach” | The Washington Post It took over six weeks for credit bureau Equifax – one of the three major credit reporting firms in the U.S. – to disclose the massive data breach that potentially … Read More