Publications

Understanding Complicity: When the US Makes a “Substantial Contribution” to War Crimes Committed by Foreign Partners

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
January 26, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

With power comes responsibility. In their new duties, Trump administration officials will need to consider the legal hazards associated with supporting foreign military partners who commit international crimes. Perhaps most alarming to some officials will be the risk of personal criminal liability. When might this arise?

Predicting Corporate Intelligence Agencites in the 1960s

Author(s): 
Brian Nussbaum
Publication Date: 
January 24, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The recent tumult around the emergence of a dossier suggesting salacious things about President Donald Trump has cast light on a series of for-profit intelligence firms with names like “Orbis International” and “Fusion GPS.” Such organizations are part of a huge industry providing information, analysis, and “decision advantage” for companies, investors, political parties, and often government agencies. It is a giant industry, and one that was predicted with remarkable insight i

This is how Donald Trump engineers applause

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
January 23, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

When Donald Trump visited the CIA over the weekend to make a speech, many commentators noted that his audience clapped and cheered enthusiastically. Now, according to CBS News, intelligence sources are pushing back:

How journalists can protect themselves while covering protests

Author(s): 
Geoffrey King
Publication Date: 
January 19, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Protesters call attention to economic, environmental, racial, gender-based and other forms of injustice. For journalists covering political movements, reporting on protests is crucial, but these events come with unique security challenges. This quick guide will focus on how U.S. journalists can manage the security of their devices and reporting materials when covering protests. Digital security is only one consideration, alongside both physical threats and your rights as a citizen and journalist.

Facebook and Falsehood

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
January 15, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

After the election, many people blamed Facebook for spreading partisan — and largely pro-Trump — "fake news," like Pope Francis’s endorsement of Trump, or Hillary Clinton’s secret life-threatening illness. The company was assailed for prioritizing user "engagement," meaning that its algorithms probably favored juicy fake news over other kinds of stories.

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