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Are We Dumb About Intelligence? Amy Zegart On The Capabilities Of American Intel Gathering

interview with Amy Zegartvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Amy Zegart is a fellow at the Hoover Institution, a professor of political science at Stanford University, and the author of a new book, Spies, Lies, and Algorithms: The History and Future of American Intelligence. In this frank conversation, Zegart grades American intelligence-gathering operations, recent and historical, and compares them to their counterparts in China and Russia. Professor Zegart also discusses Silicon Valley’s crucial role in these operations and how they often conflict with the politics of the people running tech companies. Finally, Zegart discusses the crucial ability of the intelligence community to recruit the next generation of spies and analysts, some of whom may be her own students.

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The Heavy Toll Of Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine

by Andrew Robertsvia Military History in the News
Wednesday, March 30, 2022

An article in the Sunday Times (of London) echoes several others that try to put present-day Russian losses in Ukraine into their correct historical perspective. One very obvious problem is that we cannot be certain exactly what Russian losses actually are at the time of writing in late March 2022, but it does not seem unreasonable for the Sunday Times, using Western military intelligence sources, to estimate a death toll of 10,000, which although much more than the Kremlin admits (at 1,500) is also lower than the Ukrainians claim (at 16,000).


Be Afraid Of Nuclear War, Not Climate Change

by Bjorn Lomborgvia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, March 29, 2022

[Subscription Required] Russia’s war in Ukraine shows that global warming has distracted us from more important threats.

Analysis and Commentary

Putin’s Apocalyptic Goals

by Piotr H. Kosicki via Commonweal Magazine
Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Chernobyl, the site of the most infamous civilian nuclear disaster in history, has been occupied by invading troops, disconnected from the power grid, and set on a path to a potentially massive radiation leak. What could possibly motivate this disastrous course of action by Russian combatants in Ukraine? 

Matters of Policy & Politics
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Mixed Cyber Signals?

interview with Jacquelyn Schneider, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Tuesday, March 29, 2022

How cyberwarfare factors into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Russia’s Unjust Attack And Ukraine’s Just War

by Jakub Grygielvia The Public Discourse
Tuesday, March 29, 2022

A proper reading of the just war theory’s criteria clearly shows that Ukraine’s defensive war against Russia is just. Ukrainian armed forces and citizens have the right, and even the duty, to defend themselves in order to maintain their political independence and territorial integrity.


NATO Needs A Reset

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The Ukraine conflict highlights the long-evident dysfunctions of the treaty.

Analysis and Commentary

From Ukraine To Venezuela, People Are Fleeing Their Homes And Becoming Weaponized Refugees

by Markos Kounalakisvia San Francisco Examiner
Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Refugees are daily streaming over borders to neighboring countries and adding to what is already the world’s largest refugee crisis. The country they are fleeing is embattled, violent and experiencing extreme shortages of medicine and food.

Co-Author: Leopoldo López


National Unity In Ukraine

by Jakub Grygielvia First Things
Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Ukraine’s resistance to the Russian offensive is a tragic reminder that a self-confident nation is the best defense against an aggressive enemy. Even when a state is backed by a large alliance, such as NATO, its ability to defend itself will depend first and foremost on the unity of its nation and its willingness to sacrifice. In the case of Ukraine, several Western powers are supplying the weapons the country desperately needs, but its defense is in the hands of Ukrainians.

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Ukraine War Shows The ‘Rules-Based International Order’ Is A Myth

by Jakub Grygielvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, March 28, 2022

[Subscription Required] There are no global threats or standards, only regional equilibria requiring constant maintenance.