Why cyber war is dangerous for democracies


  While it is important that democracies not spy on their citizens, it is as important that democracies have ways to defend themselves and their citizens from the dangerous cyber… Read more »

How to degrade and defeat ISIS – go local, empower moderates


Iraq is the locus of the current U.S. military effort against the Islamic State, and the administration’s strategy of working with and through Iraqi forces is the right one to… Read more »

New authoritarians ‘ruling through disinformation’


Today’s autocrats, “illiberal democrats,” and their propagandists have learned how to use phenomena previously associated with democracy — elections, the Internet, the press, the market — to undermine freedoms, according… Read more »

Russian mistakes, West’s misconceptions: ‘a formula for endless conflict’


Moscow, once the combative center of world communist revolution, has become the world’s pre-eminent defender of sitting governments against their restless citizens, note analysts Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes. Western politicians… Read more »

Russia wields aid, ideology in ‘clash of Europes,’ not new Cold War


While President Obama plans to use the Group of 7 summit meeting in Berlin to rally European allies to stand firm against Russia, both American and European officials publicly voiced concerns… Read more »

Hiding in Plain Sight: decree can’t hide Putin’s war in Ukraine


  A new presidential decree puts Russia’s military losses “in peacetime during special operations” on the country’s list of state secrets alongside “information disclosing losses in manpower in wartime.” Critics… Read more »

China fears regime change via internet’s ‘ideological erosion’


The Internet is the most important front in China’s ideological battle against “Western anti-China forces,” the country’s military said on Wednesday, adding that online controls were essential to the regime’s… Read more »

Social media helps dictators, not just democrats


Initially welcomed as a democratic panacea, social media has increasingly come to be seen as a mixed blessing – a potentially useful tool that can nevertheless be blocked and sidelined by… Read more »

‘Yugoslavia scenario’ to follow Russia’s war of ideas?


<span><a href=””><img class=”alignleft size-medium wp-image-22244″ alt=”russia piontkovsky” src=”×200.jpg” width=”300″ height=”200″ /></a>The central question facing Russia is: What will fall quicker: Putin’s regime or Russia itself? </span><a href=””><span>according to a prominent analyst</span></a><span>. </span><span>Putin’s… Read more »