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Modern-day General Warrants And The Challenge Of Protecting Third-party Privacy Rights In Mass, Suspicionless Searches Of Consumer Databases

by Jennifer Lynchvia Aegis Paper Series
Thursday, September 23, 2021

This article describes the problem of suspicionless searches of consumer databases, explains the threat these searches pose to privacy interests, argues that the legal arguments put forth by law enforcement in defense of these practices are flawed, and suggests what should be done about the problem, both in courts and in the legislature.

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Mont Pèlerin 1947: Transcripts of the Founding Meeting of the Mont Pèlerin Society

by Bruce Caldwellvia Hoover Institution Press
Friday, September 17, 2021

Presents transcripts from the founding meeting of the Mont Pèlerin Society and explains its importance in the development of 20th-century liberal thought.

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The Limits Of Israeli Sea Power And The Threat Of Escalation With Iran

by Samuel Helfontvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Israel is in undergoing a major naval buildup, but it is still unable to address ongoing Iranian threats to its commercial shipping. In the past, Israel’s lack of naval options to solve maritime disputes has led it to launch broader wars, and Jerusalem has threatened to escalate the current conflict. The Biden administration needs to ensure that Israeli-Iranian skirmishes at sea do not balloon into a broader war.

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Islam In Taiwan: The Unlikely Story Of An Important Global Partnership

by Kelly Anne Hammondvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

There is an important community of Muslims in Taiwan that has long provided a leverage point for the island government in its international posturing in relation to the Chinese Communist Party. Examining Taiwan’s engagement with Muslims also brings together two seemingly unrelated aspects of US foreign policy: Washington's forceful criticism of Beijing’s mistreatment of the Muslim Uyghur population in Xinjiang, and its reiterated commitment to the defense of Taiwan. 

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Unsalvageable Phenomena: A Doubter’s Guide To Middle Eastern Oil And US Foreign Policy

by Tristan Abbeyvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Does Middle East security really revolve around oil? According to this policy practitioner, doubts are accumulating about the “petrocentric” theory of the region's geopolitics, with anomalies that cannot be easily explained away by the conventional fixation on oil production. This essay draws on parallels from historical astronomy to suggest the time is ripe for a strategic revolution in the minds of American policy makers.

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Adapting To The Cyber Domain: Comparing US And UK Institutional, Legal, And Policy Innovations

by Robert Chesneyvia Aegis Paper Series
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

This article explores the origins and evolution of the institutional, policy, and legal frameworks that define the defensive and offensive aspects of UK and US cyber strategies. There is a strong degree of convergence, particularly from a defense perspective, but there are also important variations, especially in the degree to which the countries’ most capable operators—the National Security Agency and the Government Communications Headquarters—are integrated into non-intelligence activities.

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The Gulf New Deal: Power, Competition, And The Renewable-Energy Transition In The Arab Monarchies

by Oliver McPherson-Smithvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

What does the global transition to renewable energy mean for the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf? This essay outlines the political rationale, and consequences, of the Gulf monarchies’ aggressive efforts to scale up their renewable power industries. Driven by political survival, these neighboring states are increasingly being drawn into regional economic rivalries and civilian nuclear development. For American foreign policy makers, this high-stakes transition poses a raft of unique challenges.

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Studies in Generalship: Lessons from the Chiefs of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces

by Meir Finkelvia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The first in-depth comparative study on the role and performance of the Israel Defense Forces’ chiefs of staff from 1948 to the second decade of the 21st century.

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Israel’s Grand Strategy Ripples Begin At Home

by Assaf Orionvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Israel was born into a state of war, with preponderant and unaccepting neighbors. Against daunting odds, it not only survived but prospered, gradually becoming recognized as a permanent, legitimate country in the Middle East and even a desired partner. Its success stems from its ability to harness its human talent and international networking potential into an advanced defensive enterprise, deftly managing rather than attempting to resolve conflicts.

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“Defend Forward” And Sovereignty

by Jack Goldsmith, Alex Loomisvia Aegis Paper Series
Thursday, April 29, 2021

This essay argues that the discrete rules articulated in the commentary accompanying Rule 4 of the Tallinn Manual 2.0 regarding state sovereignty in cyberspace do not reflect customary international law. It considers the validity of the Rule 4 commentary primarily in the context of the United States’ “defend forward” strategy for disrupting cyber threats.

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