Cole A. Baker

Cole A. Baker is the 2019 security and defense fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and a current congressional staffer. He has worked previously as a freelance contractor writing on terrorism and human trafficking, and as a violent extremism fellow for the United Nations in Turkey. His areas of focus include gray zone warfare, violent extremism and the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Baker holds an MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Middlebury College.

Leaving the JCPOA May Have Been a Mistake, But So Is Reentering It

In the first Democratic primary debate, the candidates were asked to raise their hands if they would reenter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal. Of the 10 presidential candidates on stage, all raised their hands — except New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. The senator argued that, while the United States needs a deal with Iran, simply... Continue Reading

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We May Be Better Off Without a Clear Definition of Terrorism

In all likelihood, you have an ambiguous understanding of “terrorism.” The average individual can recognize an event as terrorism but, when asked to define the term, is able to offer only the most general of definitions. The reason for this is that terrorism is undefined or, more accurately, over-defined, with even the US government having multiple definitions of the term. Moreover, there... Continue Reading

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Leaving the INF Treaty Wasn't the Problem — It’s How We Did It

While the United States was motivated to pull out of the agreement because of Russia’s noncompliance, it should also be noted that the INF Treaty had significant flaws. On February 1, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that, due to the Russian development of an intermediate-range cruise missile system, the United States was immediately suspending its obligations to the... Continue Reading

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