Charismatic Leadership and the Far Right

April 26, 2021

Horia Sima, a central figure within the interwar Romanian fascist organization the Iron Guard, once described his leader, Corneliu Codreanu, as follows: “What was most impressive, on first contact with Codreanu, was his physical appearance. Nobody could pass him by without noticing him,...

Shale and European Energy Security

March 26, 2014

What does the shale revolution mean for European energy security? The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts the United States will surpass Russia as the world's largest gas producer and Saudi Arabia as the world's largest oil producer by 2015 and 2020, respectively. The catalyst in...

Water Wars: Is It Just a Mirage?

September 16, 2013

Water scarcity is a key threat to world peace. Within the last decade, climate change has become a hotly debated topic. Many people struggle to imagine what the effects of climate change will be and whether the danger is real. At the heart of climate change, however, there are some very real and...

Snowden, Cybersecurity, and China-US Relations

August 25, 2013

The Snowden saga highlights the importance of US-China dialogue on cyber security. By exposing US government surveillance programs, former national security contractor Edward J. Snowden has complicated the US-China dialogue on one of the most contentious issues in the bilateral relationship:...

How To Be a Rogue Superpower in the 21st Century (Part 2/2)

August 12, 2013

Has Snowden inadvertently unmasked the world's real rogue power? This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. In this light, no incident has been more revealing than the downing of the plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales, the democratically elected head of a...

How To Be a Rogue Superpower in the 21st Century (Part 1/2)

August 09, 2013

Has Snowden inadvertently unmasked the world's real rogue power? This is the first of a two part series. It’s hard even to know how to take it in. I mean, what’s really happening? An employee of a private contractor working for the National Security Agency makes off with...

Blurred Lines: When is National Security No Longer an Excuse?

August 09, 2013

Snowden's controversial disclosures reignite the debate over national security vs civil liberties. Background In early June, Edward Snowden, a US intelligence employee, disclosed highly classified documents to the Guardian and the Washington Post, revealing that the United States and United...

Why the Tsarnaev Brothers Are Chechen Jihadists, Not Vice-Versa

May 16, 2013

Historically, radical jihadists in Chechnya do not have the ideological ambition to form a network of Chechens against the US, argues Iliana Hagenah. Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher once called Chechen rebels "freedom fighters" but they are now seen by many as radical...

Malaysia’s Sabah: A Rich Prize in an Old Conflict

April 27, 2013

Increased insurgency in Sabah would present the Filipino government with the difficult choice of participating militarily in an election year, or doing nothing and risking the ire of Malaysia. Malaysian security forces have been battling a militant Filipino organization called the “Royal...

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