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President Donald Trump walks up the stairs of Air Force One


Analysis & Opinions - Prospect

Spies, Lies and Wiretaps

| Mar. 27, 2017

"Taken together, these points raise three fundamental issues about the Trump White House wiretapping claims: first, a US president is unable to order a wiretap, or otherwise intercept, US communications, as Trump’s tweets suggest. This can only be done through a US court. Second, for GCHQ to intercept communications of a US presidential candidate would require authorisation from a British foreign secretary and it is unthinkable that a foreign secretary would sign a warrant authorising such an intrusion into domestic US politics. Third, even if this did happen, Britain and America’s signals intelligence sharing agreements expressly prevent either country doing something that would be illegal under the laws of the other country. In other words, the conspiracy theory of GCHQ wiretapping Trump is necessarily based on the premise that it is illegal. If this is what the White House is alleging, then it should make this clear."

Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Affairs

O Brotherhood, What Art Thou?

| Mar. 24, 2017

"There are, of course, valid critiques of the Brotherhood. Parts of the group call for the death penalty for apostasy, for example. Another equally important critique was the Egyptian Brotherhood’s failure to seek consensus during the country’s political transition. But the best way forward is to support the group’s more mainstream factions while censuring its more extreme subgroups. A ban would only hurt American interests, particularly when it comes to fighting terrorism and countering Russia and Iran’s influence in the Middle East. What the United States needs is critical engagement with the Brotherhood, through discussions and constructive critique—not an outright ban."

FBI Director James Comey on Capitol Hill


Analysis & Opinions - CNN.com

The Key Players in Monday's Russia Hearing

| Mar. 20, 2017

On Monday, the House Intelligence Committee will hold its first, much-anticipated public hearing on Russia's involvement in the 2016 election. The hearing is significant because it will determine whether all the noise regarding Russia, Trump and the relationship between the two is grounds for further investigation.

Donald Trump in Roosevelt Room of White House


Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

The Night That You Told Me Those Not-So-Little White Lies

| Mar. 18, 2017

"According to ex-President Obama's political director, David Simas, religious institutions, academia, and the media have traditionally set the limits of acceptable discourse. Now, through Facebook and Twitter, one can get around this restriction. This creates a whole new permission structure, a sense of social affirmation for what was once thought unthinkable."

TV screens show file images of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Seoul


Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

South Koreans Checked the Retreat of Democracy. Now It's Time for the Americans.

| Mar. 17, 2017

"Four years of the Park presidency has inflicted serious damage on South Korean society.  The media has lost its capacity to check government power. The intelligence community has been degraded as a political tool for Ms. Park.  The artistic and intellectual communities have self-censored their words and deeds in fear of retaliation. Corruption abounds. If unchecked, the Trump presidency could cause comparable harm to American society. Thankfully, the United States retains a functioning media, intelligence agencies, courts, etc. that can provide checks and balances against the government."

Tourists view Statue of Liberty


Analysis & Opinions - CNN.com

With Immigration Drop, Who Needs a Wall?

| Mar. 14, 2017

"Just as striking as the decline in border crossings is the decline in bookings and online searches for travel to the United States. The idea of a "Trump Slump" is evident in reports like those released by the Global Business Travel Association, which shows $185 million in lost US bookings. Emirates has reported a 35% drop in US bookings. And for the first time in nearly a decade New York City's travel forecast has been lowered for international visitors."

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Analysis & Opinions - U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism, Belfer Center

Applying Lessons of U.S.-Russian Space Cooperation to Revive Nuclear Security Partnership Between Moscow and Washington

| 2017-03-14

Note: This is an expanded version of an article with a similar title published 3.7.17 in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

The interdependence between the U.S. and Russian space programs persists despite the fact that the two countries are now living through what some pundits describe as a new Cold War. However, there was a time not so long ago when the two nations viewed space solely as an area of strategic competition. The steps that Washington and Moscow took to transform their space rivalry into cooperation can serve today as a model for working together to help prevent nuclear terrorism, no matter how strained relations may seem.

Journal Article - Agenda

Women and Jihadism: Between the Battlefield and the Home-front

| 2016

This article briefing offers preliminary reflections and insights into global jihadi discourses on women’s role as militant activists. It references primary source writings and audiovisual materials produced by jihadi groups and ideologues. The briefing will provide an overview of global jihadi discourses on Muslim women’s role as militant activists, firstly highlighting some of the more important contributions concerning women produced by jihadi ideologues, secondly, examining the place of the Muslim woman in jihadi media, and thirdly, comparing Sunni jihadi discourses on women with transnational Shi’i jihadi discourses.