Browsing All posts tagged under »national security«

Citizen Digital Diplomacy?

February 8, 2014


Yesterday, my morning started with an exchange with Kosovo’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Petrit Selimi regarding potential naming conventions of their future armed forces. I suggested to Mr. Selimi that perhaps in a traditional sense of civil-military relations it was inappropriate to have NATO come up with a name. @Petrit @milot yet who's military is it? NATO or […]

Iranian Arms and Influence

November 22, 2013


As Iran and world powers struggle on nuclear deal in Geneva, I conducted a thought experiment to consider revisiting Schelling’s calculus of deterrence in his seminal treatise Arms and Influence. Does this calculus remain relevant or is it obsolete in the face of a nuclear armed Iran?  It is, I concluded, variables in the strategic […]

How Big Would DoD Budget be Under Sequestration? Historically Big, It Turns Out.

February 16, 2013


How Big Would DoD Budget be Under Sequestration? Historically Big, It Turns Out..

Eisenhower: The Chance for Peace

January 21, 2013


In April 1953, the newly inaugurated American President Dwight Eisenhower sought the opportunity after the death of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin to reduce U.S-Soviet tensions and reduce U.S. defense spending. Washington, D.C. President Bryan, distinguished guests of this Association, and ladies and gentlemen: I am happy to be here. I say this and I mean […]

Reviewing my 2013 Reading List (with an eye toward 2014)

January 1, 2013


Updated December 2013 I am reviewing my reading list I put together for 2013. It appears that other reading requirements sure got the best of this list. Here’s the list with edits and carry overs for next year’s list: The Revenge of Geography, Robert Kaplan (move to 2014) The New American Militarism, Andrew Bacevich Hybrid […]

The Intersection of Interdependence and Stability

December 24, 2012


An extract from the paper I presented at the Inter University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society in Kingston, CA. The National Security Strategy (NSS) of 2010 describes a strategic approach that seeks to leverage the attributes of sturdy alliances, a strong economy (interdependence) and a professional military, a strong and evolving democracy, and a dynamic citizenry (stability) in […]

Dempsey’s (Security) Paradox

November 23, 2012


Last week I referred to a Foreign Policy blog post by Micah Zenko and how it relates to my transition from national security studies to peace studies. I’d like to share that post here in its entirety as it is definitely something I am ruminating on. First, the “security paradox” that General Dempsey refers to […]