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Celebrity Assassination

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On January 19, 2020
Douglas London, a retired Senior CIA Operations Officer, has a disturbing – but not in a terribly surprising way – piece at Just Security. The gist is that Trump is obsessed with taking down “celebrity” targets, and in ways that undermine American national security objectives. At CIA, I saw this play out more than once. […]
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Assuming a Spherical Cow

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On January 4, 2020
Milk production at a dairy farm was low, so the farmer wrote to the local university, asking for help from academia. A multidisciplinary team of professors was assembled, headed by a theoretical physicist, and two weeks of intensive on-site investigation took place. The scholars then returned to the university, notebooks crammed with data, where the […]

America, 2019

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On December 22, 2019

What a country: A Palm Beach County trailer park could be the site of a future Donald J. Trump presidential library – and the pitch may be made by Vanilla Ice, a close friend of Donald Trump Jr.

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Trump/Johnson

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On November 29, 2019
While I’d probably argue that Andrew Jackson might be the most analogous comparison to Trump, certainly Andrew Johnson is a comparison many have usefully made and it’s probably more relevant given that both were backlashes to advancements in black rights. The excellent historian Manisha Sinha has an op-ed on this comparison in the Times. Much […]
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Trumpian Unpredictability

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On October 7, 2019
Back in 2017, Dani Nedal and I wrote an article about Donald Trump’s claim that “unpredictability” is a good approach to conducting U.S. foreign policy. We looked closely at the logic behind it, and the analogy drawn by some pundits to the Nixon “madman theory” of coercive diplomacy. We found both lacking. Thus, for the United States, unpredictability carries […]
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