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The Important, Justifiable, And Constrained Role Of Nationality In Foreign Intelligence Surveillance

by Peter Swire, Jesse Woo, Deven R. Desaivia Aegis Paper Series
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

This article addresses whether governments ever have a justified basis for treating targets of surveillance differently, in any way, based on nationality. Topics include (1) three ways nationality can matter to surveillance; (2) reasons for stricter rules for law enforcement and domestic collection; (3) reasons for different rules based on the location of collection; (4) the universalist critique of surveillance laws based on nationality; and (5) reasons that can justify stricter surveillance rules based on nationality. Stricter protections are warranted because surveillance of nationals and others with a close connection to the domestic policy poses a special threat to the political opposition and free press of a country, both of which play crucial roles in limiting abuses of state power.


Harder For US To Win An Info War Than A Trade War, Says Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNBC
Monday, January 7, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the risks to Trump's presidency including a terrorist attack, an info war, a trade war with China, a Russian military move in Eastern Europe, as well as strong inflation and interest rate hikes.


Trump's Instincts Are Correct On Syria, If Not His Haste

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia The Hill
Thursday, January 3, 2019

President Trump’s abrupt announcement last month to yank U.S. military forces from their fight against the Islamic State in Syria plunged the American foreign policy establishment into near-hysteria. Now, it seems that the White House is having second thoughts about a hasty withdrawal after all.

Inside Xi Jinping’s Plan to Dominate the World

by Elizabeth Economyvia Bloomberg
Friday, December 28, 2018

Elizabeth Economy’s “The Third Revolution” makes the case that China is most dangerous in the realm of ideas.

The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State

by Elizabeth Economyvia Cambridge University Press
Saturday, December 1, 2018

A review of The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State by Elizabeth C. Economy.

In the News

US Presses Israel On China’s Haifa Port Investment

quoting Admiral Gary Rougheadvia Hellenic Shipping News
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

US National Security Advisor John Bolton is raising concerns with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about growing Chinese involvement in Israel, “Bloomberg” reports.

Analysis and Commentary

How Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Defies America’s Best Interests

by Josef Joffevia The American Interest
Monday, January 7, 2019

At half-time, Donald Trump has demolished a lot and rebuilt nothing. Even his short-term foreign policy successes have proven brittle. And in the longer term, his not-so-grand strategy—aka “America First”—may well prove costly, as it always has for America.

Analysis and Commentary

‘Unruly Waters’ And ‘Ganges’ Review: In India, Water Is Politics

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, January 4, 2019

The opening shot of “Mother India,” the most iconic film made in India in the decade after its independence, is of an old peasant woman struggling to grow crops on parched land. Behind her are rumbling tractors and earth movers, unsubtle symbols of progress. Then the camera pans past electric cables and newly metaled roads to a magnificent dam, which will bring water to the arid earth. 

US flag on military helmet
In the News

Stanford Students Learn About Military Culture, Get Life Lessons From Top Military Officials

quoting George P. Shultz, Amy Zegart, Lt Col Kevin Childs, COL Paul Krattiger, Lt Col Timothy "Papa" Murphy, COL Jason Terry, Hoover Institutionvia Stanford News
Friday, January 4, 2019

The National Security Affairs Fellows Mentorship Program pairs Stanford undergraduates with high-ranking members from the U.S. armed forces to give students a personal perspective into military life and issues.

In the News

Trump's Syria Withdrawal Does Nothing To Restore Constitutional Limits On Presidential War Powers

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Reason
Tuesday, January 1, 2019

While the Syria intervention lacked proper congressional authorization, constitutional considerations had nothing to do with Trump's withdrawal decision. Indeed, his administration has doubled down on Obama-era arguments asserting broad presidential authority to initiate military interventions.


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