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Caravans & Cat Skins: African history before colonialism

by Barnaby Crowcroftvia Literary Review
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

In July 1324, Sultan Musa of Mali rocked up in Cairo, together with an entourage of over ten thousand slaves and retainers, staying as the guest of the city’s Mamluk governor as he passed through Egypt on the hajj. Fifty years later Cairenes were still talking about it. The Malian ruler flooded the city with gold.

In the News

Add Cybersecurity To Doomsday Clock Concerns, Says Bulletin Of Atomic Scientists

quoting Herbert Linvia CSO Online
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Doomsday Clock, once a ritual feature of the Cold War, warns that cybersecurity issues like IoT and cyber-enabled information warfare endanger humanity.

In the News

3 Ways The Pentagon Could Improve Cyber Intelligence

quoting Amy Zegartvia Fifth Domain
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The United States needs to expand its cyber intelligence authorities and capabilities to meet the Trump administration’s new cybersecurity strategy, according to top current and former government officials and academics.

Analysis and Commentary

The Lawfare Podcast: Progressive Critiques Of Liberal Internationalism With Jack Goldsmith

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia The Lawfare Podcast
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith talks about the successes and failures of liberal internationalism, the significance of Donald Trump’s effect on it, and what the future holds for the liberal international order. 

In the News

Charges Against Chinese Hackers Are Now Common. Why Don't They Deter Cyberattacks?

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Morning Edition (NPR)
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

In May 2014, then-Attorney General Eric Holder announced charges against five members of the Chinese military.

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Victor Davis Hanson: What’s New and What’s Not in Trump’s Foreign Policy

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fellow Talks
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Case for Trump’s Foreign Policy.


Larry Diamond: How Chinese Sharp Power Takes Aim At American Democracy

interview with Larry Diamondvia War on the Rocks
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond breaks down Beijing’s efforts to direct “sharp power” against democratic institutions in the United States. The key battleground appears to be American educational institutions and China’s main instrument is its United Front Work Department, a critical part of the Communist Party apparatus that aims to enlist, coerce, and induce support for the party around the world.

In the News

Today’s Threats To Global Democracy Are Coming From Democracies Themselves

quoting Larry Diamondvia Slate
Monday, February 4, 2019

When it comes to the threats to global democracy, the call is coming from inside the house. U.S.-based NGO Freedom House’s annual Freedom in the World report, released Monday, found that for the 13th straight year, global freedom has declined. (The report scores countries on 25 indicators—factors like rule of law and freedom of the press—and categorizes them as “free,” “partly free,” or “not free.”) 

In the News

The Unquiet American

featuring Michael McFaulvia The American Interest
Monday, February 4, 2019

Michael McFaul’s memoir throws into sharp relief the failures of America’s Russia policy.

In the News

Global Uncertainty Gauge Enters 2019 At Record High Level

quoting Steven J. Davisvia Bloomberg
Monday, February 4, 2019

Chatter surrounding the 2020 presidential election, the government shutdown and tax policies are making Americans nervous. And the rest of the world feels uneasy too.


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