ISIS Is Winning The Cyber War; Here’s How To Stop It

“To defeat ISIS, we need an entirely new strategy, one that takes on ISIS where it is highly effective — in cyberspace. While ISIS continues to foment regional instability in the greater Middle East, its prowess online has made it a threat to Western nations as well. ISIS focuses significant resources on cyberspace, where it has a global presence, using sophisticated techniques to electronically communicate with its far-flung sympathizers, spread its propaganda and recruit operatives around the world,” writes historian Andrew Byers and a colleague.


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North Korea Crisis, Erdogan’s Power Grab, State Dept. Budget Cuts

This week on the podcast “On Security,” public policy professor David Schanzer discusses the growing threat of North Korea, the increasing authoritarianism of NATO ally Turkey, and the value and necessity of soft power and foreign aid for American security and influence abroad.

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Preventing Peacekeeper Abuse Through Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping

” … If the UN is serious about change, it should consider adopting an equal opportunity peacekeeping model, a model that focuses on larger gender inequalities in missions as a way to ensure that the overall quality of peacekeeping missions improve,” writes political scientist Kyle Beardsley. “Only then might the reduction of sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping missions be possible.”

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Military Brass Like What They Hear From White House, But …

Military commanders have welcomed President Trump’s moves to delegate decisions to commanders, but unfilled senior civilian positions and turmoil in the White House have led some officers to ask whether the latitude is a sign of trust or a product of chaos at the highest levels of government.  The military has been spared some of that tumult. “The Pentagon is a comparative oasis,” says political scientist Peter Feaver, a former Bush administration official.

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Future of Military Raids, Other Foreign Policy Insights

Public policy professor David Schanzer discusses the future of military raids under the Trump administration, the implications of Kim Jong Un’s assassination of his half-brother, and the need to anticipate future crises, such as the rapidly failing state of Venezuela.

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Twitter and Facebook are Politicizing the Military

The military has polled high since the administration of President Ronald Reagan, following a low point in public perceptions after the Vietnam War, says Peter Feaver, a political science professor. “The Supreme Court used to rank high, too. What happened? The Supreme Court increasingly took on a partisan appearance and looked like a group of Republicans and Democrats arguing with each other.”

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Will Trump Take ‘Brutally Forthright’ Advice From McMaster?

Political scientist Peter Feaver, a specialist in civil-military issues and a national security aide to President George W. Bush, talks about the potential impact of a book written by new national security adviser, Gen. H.R McMaster, that highlighted the consequences of the military not giving candid advice to a president during the Vietnam War.


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Trump Taps New National Security Adviser

Political scientist Peter Feaver, a scholar on civil-military ties, says he expects Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to take a skeptical view of Russia, seeing Moscow as a dubious partner and major potential threat to U.S. security. And Feaver says he expects a similar skepticism toward Iran, whose support for proxy groups across the Middle East many senior military officials say has gone unchecked.

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The Most Dangerous Job in Washington

“A national security adviser has to successfully manage three key constituencies: First and foremost his relationships with the president, but also his relations with other senior officials in the West Wing, and with Cabinet officials in various agencies,” says Peter Feaver, who served on the National Security Council under President George W. Bush.

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President Trump’s Mix of Politics and Military

President Trump was right to try to build a relationship with the military he now commands, but it’s a mistake for the president to speculate about its voting behavior, says political scientist Peter Feaver. “The military, the intelligence community and the foreign service jealously guard their professional identity of being nonpartisan and apolitical,” he says.

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‘Lawfare’ Could Become Trump Tool Against Adversaries

Use of the law as a weapon of war may find favor with the Trump administration, according to some scholars and attorneys. “I don’t know what plans the Trump administration may have to incorporate lawfare into its foreign policy strategy, but if we have an opportunity to use law instead of more traditional weapons to address foreign policy issues, I’m all for it,” says law professor Charles Dunlap, executive director of Duke’s Center on Law, Ethics and National Security.

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Video: Is NATO Pulling Its Fair Share?

Duke political science professor Edmund Malesky discusses whether NATO is pulling its fair share of the defense burden. Malesky shares additional thoughts on the issue in a Washington Post opinion piece. To read it, click here.

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