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One of the major research programs in security studies centers around the process of “securitization.” Participants  argue that whether or not we treat something as a threat to national security is often a matter of political choice, rather than  the result of its inherent characteristics. Moreover, once something becomes viewed through the prism of a […]
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Don’t Watch Political Theater

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On January 30, 2018
Tonight is the State of the Union address. If you watch this, you should reexamine your life priorities. Seriously, why would you watch this? First, if you really want to know what is said, you can just read the thing in like 10% of the time, tops. Second, you already know what is going to […]

Paul Manafort

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On January 28, 2018

Frank Foer’s piece on Paul Manafort just came out in the Atlantic. It’s a long read, but well worth your time.  Here’s a sample, from toward the end of the article: But Manafort mus

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I have a piece at the Washington Post’s PostEverything that tries to cut through some of the debate over Trump and authoritarianism. Those of you who follow this debate will quickly recognize my concerns. There are people who have an incentive to overhype the threat posed by Trump out of legitimate fears of democratic backsliding. There […]
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