Daniel Lakin

Daniel Lakin is an analyst of international affairs and security focusing on the Middle East. He is currently finishing an MA in International Security at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School and holds a BA in Political Science from Tufts University. Lakin has previously interned at the Center for a New American Security, the Korea Economic Institute, and the offices of Kay Hagan and John Kerry. He has comprehensive knowledge of US foreign policy, with concentrations in East Asian geopolitics, Middle Eastern security and American grand strategy.

US Space Capabilities: Maintaining the High Ground

August 10, 2014

In China, the US faces its first real competitor in space-borne capabilities since the Soviet Union. Since the middle of the 20th century and continuing into the first decades of the 21st, the United States has possessed an unparalleled command of outer space. That command, in turn, has brought with...

Daring to Try: The US and Sectarianism in the Middle East (Part 2/2)

July 14, 2014

Through public and private diplomacy, the US can help deescalate Sunni-Shia tensions. [Read part one here.] The Sunni–Shia split is threatening to swallow the Middle East. Although this divide is centuries-old and has been aggravated by decades of missed opportunities and spilled blood, the Obama administration has a number of options...

Daring to Try: The US and Sectarianism in the Middle East (Part 1/2)

July 06, 2014

Through public and private diplomacy, the US can help deescalate Sunni-Shia tensions. Like many presidents nearing the midpoint of their second term before him, Barack Obama is now thinking of his legacy. In the first months of 2014, the US president seemed to have some momentum in several ambitious diplomatic...