News + Media

Battle in Iraq


May 19, 2020

The cult of the persuasive: The organizational origins of US strategy in military assistance

PhD candidate Rachel Tecott explains in her essay that "as long as the White House and the Congress continue to grant the military the autonomy and the resources to perpetuate military assistance projects without serious evaluation...the cult of the persuasive is likely to persist, and US military assistance projects are likely to fail."

Pouya Alimagham and his book


May 19, 2020

Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprisings

Pouya Alimagham is a historian of the modern Middle East, with a focus on Iran, Iraq, and the Levant. In Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprisings, he harnesses the wider history of Iran and the Middle East to highlight how activists contested the Islamic Republic's legitimacy to its very core.

Trophy with 2020 medal hanging on it


May 19, 2020

End Notes

End Notes features the professional achievements of our scholars, students, and staff. This includes recent awards, speaking engagements, and publications.​

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In the News

May 18, 2020

Former inspector general: Trump is attacking the ‘institution’ of oversight

Lawrence O'DonnellMSNBC

Joel Brenner, who served as Inspector General of the National Security Agency under President Bush, tells Lawrence O’Donnell the firing of several inspectors general shows President Trump believes all government officials owe him “personal loyalty.”

screenshot of Joel Brenner with bookcase behind him being interviewed

In the News

May 18, 2020

Trump’s ‘highly unusual’ politicization of government watchdogs

Yamiche AlcindorPBS News Hour

President Trump has fired three inspectors general recently, including State Department watchdog Steve Linick on Friday. Yamiche Alcindor talks to Joel Brenner, a former national security inspector general and director of national intelligence, about how politicizing the IG role is “all wrong.”

Joel Brenner

In the News

May 15, 2020

Inspectors general: oversight, authority, and removal with Joel Brenner

National Security Law Today

Joel Brenner discusses the Inspectors General role during the Covid-19 crisis and Trump's removal on National Security Law Today.

Political cartoon featuring Godzilla monster but with Trump head blowing flames of tariffs decimating a city with the caption Trumpzilla

In the News

May 11, 2020

National security is in the eye of the beholder

Brad GlossermanJapan Times

Richard Samuels quoted: MIT Professor Richard Samuels describes this as the belief that societies must “organize to defend the wealth of individuals they comprise” — their skills, productive relationships, firms and R&D centers that create their wealth — and argues that this logic has long prevailed in Japan. 

Cartoon of President Trump using red China flag to bullfight a donkey

Analysis + Opinion

May 10, 2020

Can the democrats avoid Trump’s China trap?

Democrats, and Republicans who truly put American security first, face a choice. Joe Biden in particular will decide whether to lead his party into Mr Trump’s trap or play a different game.

Drawing of cat on balcony overlooking apartment balconies

Analysis + Opinion

May 9, 2020

An ode to the humble balcony

It is private, yet public; exposed, yet secluded. It offers company without the demands of intimacy, and we should never take it for granted again, writes Bernardo Zacka in a New York Times opinion piece available here.  

President Trump pointing his finger in a salute boarding air force one plane

In the News

May 8, 2020

Trump wages a war on watchdogs as coronavirus elevates their importance

Liz GoodwinThe Boston Globe

Joel Brenner quoted: “It absolutely sends a chill through the whole community,” said Joel Brenner, former inspector general of the National Security Agency. “It’s a very clear message. The president doesn’t want any inspector general issuing any report critical of the administration and any inspector general who does it has to understand that he or she is likely to be out of a job.”