Academic Writing

The FBI’s Problem Isn’t “Going Dark.” Its Problem is Going Slowly

Author(s): 
Marshall Erwin
Publication Date: 
July 16, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

It should be clear to even casual observers today that the “golden age of surveillance” thesis is fundamentally correct. We live in a time when far more data and surveillance opportunities are available to law enforcement and intelligence agencies than ever before. Even the National Security Agency has conceded the point. Read more » about The FBI’s Problem Isn’t “Going Dark.” Its Problem is Going Slowly

The Iran deal reflects the U.S.’s overwhelming power over the world’s financial system

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
July 14, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

There is good reason to believe that Iran was prepared to reach a deal over its nuclear program because it was tired of dealing with U.S. sanctions. In President Obama’s words, “We put sanctions in place to get a diplomatic solution, and that is what we have done.” This is a remarkable victory for U.S. economic diplomacy, given how difficult it is to create and maintain an effective sanctions regime. Read more » about The Iran deal reflects the U.S.’s overwhelming power over the world’s financial system

Hacking Team leak underscores complexity of regulating software

Author(s): 
Geoffrey King
Publication Date: 
July 13, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Among the 400 gigabytes of internal documents belonging to surveillance firm Hacking Team that were released online this week are details of the company's dealings with some of the most oppressive governments in the world. The revelations, which have generated alarm among privacy, security, and human rights advocates, have also fueled debate around the esoteric but important topic of government controls on the export of powerful software that can secretly infiltrate and seize control of targeted computers.

Other Europeans say they can’t trust Greece. The problem goes both ways.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
July 12, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Yet again, Greece is in last ditch negotiations with other European states in the euro zone, the group of countries that share the common currency, over a proposed deal in which it would promise reforms in return for economic help. It has made an offer that gives in to nearly all of the demands that other Europeans were making a couple of weeks ago – but some of these other states are saying that this is no longer enough. What’s happening?

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Opinion: Vaccination of immigrants without consent in Dilley was flagrant abuse

Author(s): 
Aseem Mehta
Publication Date: 
July 10, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

On the evening of Friday July 3, we became aware of a particular incident of our government’s systematic mistreatment of hundreds of young, captive children and their mothers. A spokesperson for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) noted that about 250 detained children were administered adult doses of the hepatitis A vaccine in an immigration detention camp in Dilley, TX. The agency was quick to minimize this mistake, immediately asserting that “no adverse reactions are expected.”   Read more » about Opinion: Vaccination of immigrants without consent in Dilley was flagrant abuse

Greece is less likely to get a deal after the referendum, but will get a better deal if it does get one

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
July 5, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

It now seems almost certain that Greece will vote no in the referendum in which Greek citizens were asked whether they wanted to accept a bailout that imposed harsh austerity terms. What does this mean? Read more » about Greece is less likely to get a deal after the referendum, but will get a better deal if it does get one

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