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  • Easy Hack May Spark Next Middle Eastern Conflict: Picks of the Week

    The Hack that Caused a Crisis in the Middle East Was Easy | Motherboard News Agency Hack Blamed for Diplomatic Meltdown in Qatar | CSO Online US Suspects Russian Hackers Planted Fake News Behind Qatar Crisis | CNN Will Qatar’s Diplomatic Exile Spark the Next Great War? | Foreign Policy A cybersecurity incident at the Qatar News Agency (QNA) may have been the cause behind the sudden diplomatic break between Qatar and multiple Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, … Read More

  • Unconditional Surrender: The Failure of Peace Negotiations in the American Civil War

    Speaker: James M. McPherson, George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Most wars in American history have been ended by peace negotiations that led to a treaty between the contending parties: the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, even in some respects the Vietnam War.  The two major exceptions are the Civil … Read More

  • Climate Change is a National Security Threat: Picks of the Week

    Trump Signs Executive Order Unwinding Obama Climate Policies | The New York Times Trump’s Climate Change Shift is Really about Killing the International Order | The Washington Post Solar Employs More People in U.S. Electricity Generation Than Oil, Coal and Gas Combined | Forbes For more than a decade, I have studied climate change—not because I am a tree-hugger, polar-bear-loving, environmental activist, but because I am a national security analyst trained to identify … Read More

  • April 1, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    In 1958, Danny and the Juniors told us “Rock and Roll is Here to Stay,” and by the 1970s, punk had celebrated the triumvirate of “sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll.” Guest Sean Kay says rock and roll played a more substantial role in the history of the last half-century. It changed America and spread the values of freedom, equality, human rights and peace across the globe. Sean Kay is an international … Read More

  • A Budget is a Moral Document: Picks of the Week

    Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Katrina Heikkinen   American First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again | Executive Office of the President of the United States What Trump cut in his budget | The Washington Post The U.S. foreign aid budget, visualized | The Washington Post A budget is a moral document. It communicates in very real terms the values of the organization or individual who creates … Read More

  • Trump, Twitter, and the Tide of Cybersecurity: Picks of the Week

    Obama officials: There is hope for cybersecurity under Trump | The Christian Science Monitor At RSA, doubts abound over US action on cybersecurity | CSO Online The Rules of the Brave New Cyberworld | Foreign Policy This year’s RSA Conference—one of the largest cybersecurity conferences in the world—broke attendance records with over 40,000 participants, including cyber professionals, academics, and public servants. Although the conference has historically been focused primarily on security tools and … Read More

  • Independence Day and The Role of Government | Picks of the Week

    Independence Day We’re No. 1?  Americans Increasingly Don’t Think So | The Washington Post Millennials Didn’t Abandon Our Institutions — Our Institutions Failed Them | Bill Moyers We Need a Citizen-Maker Movement | The Huffington Post The two separate Pew surveys cited in these articles are intimately related.  They tell us something about Americans and our institutions, but they tell us more about our leaders.  For a lot of Americans, … Read More

  • Roundtable – Dysfunction in Washington

    Washington, DC—the name of the capital city is more often a punch line for late night comedians than it is a place associated with serious people.  And for good reason.  Amidst sequesters, government shutdowns, and the threat of a looming default on America’s debts, the public is left to wonder if Washington will ever work again. Join us Friday, October 18, 2013   TIME:    11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.   … Read More