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Avramov Explains Yunarmia and Success of Russia’s Youth Army

February 11, 2019

Dr. Kiril Avramov, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Intelligence Studies Project, recently published an article with The Globe Post. The article, entitled, “Yunarmia: Meet the Young Russian Guardians of the Order,” explains why the Yunarmia, Russia’s Youth Army, is so internally popular and successful.

William Inboden Discusses Reasons U.S. Military Strength Remains Essential

January 23, 2019

In a recent article for The Hill, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Dr. William Inboden presents the case for a robust defense budget. In 2013, General Mattis testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee, saying “if you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition ultimately.” Inboden notes that while the State Department and diplomacy…

Celeste Gventer Discusses Trump Establishing Space Command

January 22, 2019

In her op-ed, Good Move by Trump to Establish Space Command, but is Organization Change the Answer?, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Celeste Ward Gventer argues that Trump’s attention to the possibility of an attack on US space systems is good, but his solutions may not be the best way to deal with the issue.

Joshua Eisenman’s Book “Red China’s Green Revolution” Reviewed

January 22, 2019

Strauss Distinguished Scholar Joshua Eisenman’s book, Red China’s Green Revolution: Technological Innovation, Institutional Change and Economic Development Under the Commune, was recently reviewed in Foreign Affairs and the Wall Street Journal. Columbia Professor Andrew Nathan captures Eisenman’s argument in this month’s Foreign Affairs, noting that “after the famine, and especially in the early 1970s, the…

MSI Postdoctoral Fellow Dizard Discusses Mexico’s New President’s National Security Strategy

January 15, 2019

In a recent article for Lawfare, Strauss Senior Fellow and Mexico Security Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow Jake Dizard analyzes the future of Mexican national security under new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or, as he is known by the public and in the media, AMLO. Dizard suggests that although AMLO was elected by a “public that…

ISP Research Fellow Avramov Discusses Iranian Influence Operations in the Balkans

January 8, 2019

In a recent article for The Global Post, the Intelligence Studies Project’s Research Fellow Dr. Kiril Avramov analyzes Iranian influence operations and “stealth presence” in the Balkans. “Under the Radar: Iran’s ‘Stealth’ Presence on the Balkans” suggests that Iran’s quiet presence on the Balkans is not simply about strengthening political ties, expanding business interests, and…

Gventer Discusses Insights for Military Organizational Reform

January 8, 2019

In her article, “A Commanding Problem: Historical Insight for Military Organizational Reform,” Strauss Distinguished Scholar Celeste Gventer highlights the importance of General Thomas’ speech at the Texas National Security Forum. General Thomas “questioned the suitability of the American system of geographical combatant commands for meeting the nation’s current and future security challenges.”

ISP Director on Restoring US Intelligence after the Trump Presidency

December 18, 2018

Steve Slick recently posted an essay in the Intelligence Studies series on the Lawfare national security website.  The ISP Director argued that “it is not too early to begin planning a turnaround for U.S. intelligence under a new chief executive who appreciates the IC’s unique capabilities, its fragile assets and essential contributions to America’s national security.”  The full…

Fragile States Facing Climate Hazards Discussed by Strauss State Fragility Initiative Director and Distinguished Scholar

December 12, 2018

Climate change poses a multi-faceted and increasingly urgent security threat for fragile states. In their recent War on the Rocks article, Stretched Thin: When Fragile States Face Climate Hazards, Director of Strauss’ State Fragility Initiative Ashley Moran, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Joshua Busby, and Strauss Senior Fellow Clionadh Raleigh evaluate the policy implications of their global mapping project…

Distinguished Scholar Discusses Climate Shocks and Humanitarian Crises in Foreign Affairs Article

December 10, 2018

In a recent article for Foreign Affairs, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Dr. Joshua Busby and his co-author Nina von Uexkull explore how climate shocks can intersect with several risk factors  to contribute to instability and humanitarian crises. The article suggests that understanding the sources of instability is the first step in mitigating risk in countries that…

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