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China, Russia Delight As North Korea Preoccupies US

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia The Hill
Friday, February 2, 2018

In his State of the Union address, Donald Trump said that the United States is “waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent” North Korea from threatening “our homeland” by its “reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons.”

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A Rubicon

by Dan Geervia Aegis Paper Series
Friday, February 2, 2018

Optimality and efficiency work counter to robustness and resilience. Complexity hides interdependence, and interdependence is the source of black swan events.  The benefits of digitalization are not
transitive, but the risks are.  Because single points of failure
require militarization wherever they underlie gross societal
dependencies, frank minimization of the number of such single points
of failure is a national security obligation.  Because cascade
failure ignited by random faults is quenched by redundancy, whereas
cascade failure ignited by sentient opponents is exacerbated by
redundancy, (preservation of) uncorrelated operational mechanisms
is likewise a national security obligation.


Markos Kounalakis: Nearly 200 People Have Been Killed In Afghanistan Attacks

interview with Markos Kounalakisvia CBS News
Friday, February 2, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Markos Kounalakis discusses the escalation in violence in Afghanistan and what can be done to stop the violence.

In the News

Trump Advisers Clash Over 'Bloody Nose' Strike On North Korea

quoting Jamil Jaffervia CNN
Thursday, February 1, 2018

The tabled nomination of a widely-respected diplomat is bringing renewed focus to divisions inside the Trump administration over how tough the US should be in positioning against North Korea with nuclear tests expected to resume after the upcoming Olympics.


Rethinking The Geography Of Power

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, February 1, 2018

In America and abroad, governing institutions should be dispersed more widely.

Analysis and Commentary

Cowering For Profits: US Firms In China Sell Out America By Bending To Beijing

by Markos Kounalakisvia Sacramento Bee
Thursday, February 1, 2018

American technology companies operating in China had a secret weakness, one that is not so concealed anymore. Not after an apparently bad miscalculation in which Intel gave the Chinese government an incredible security advantage that the tech giant withheld from the U.S. government. Oops.

In the News

Being An Iranian Stand-Up Comedian Is No Joke

quoting Abbas Milanivia Vice
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Iranian comedian Siavash Safavi recently took the stage in Toronto to talk about time zones between Iran and Canada. “My friend always calls me at 3 AM and asks, ‘What’s the time difference between Canada and Iran, anyway?’” he said. “I tell him it’s 50 or 100 years.”

In the News

Does Iranian Activism Stand A Chance?

quoting Abbas Milanivia The McGill International Review
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

In recent years, Iran has been no stranger to political strife and friction. With the success of Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran transformed from a Westernized monarchy to the Islamic world’s only theocracy. Since then, the nation has been ruled by the Shiite Islamic clerical class under the leadership of the Supreme Leaders Ayatollah Khomeini (1979-1989) and Ayatollah Khamenei (1989-present). 

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At Stanford, First Cardinal 'Conversation' Spotlights Technology, Politics

Thursday, February 1, 2018
David and Joan Traitel Building, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The new Stanford initiative Cardinal Conversations examined the intersections of politics and technology with entrepreneurs and Stanford alumni Reid Hoffman and Peter Thiel. Historian Niall Ferguson of the Hoover Institution moderated a discussion that included questions from the largely student audience.

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Trump Calls Out Iran, North Korea; Labels China, Russia 'Rivals'

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump has described China and Russia as rivals that must be confronted with "unmatched power," and has called on Congress to fix "fundamental flaws" in the landmark nuclear deal between world powers and Iran.


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