Short-form insights and rapid-reaction analysis of breaking news and global events.

A Simple Fix for U.S. Democracy

As any American expat abroad will tell you, living far from the United States gives you a clearer view. My 25 years overseas startled me with realizations about my country, from weird little things (why do we have so many types of breakfast cereal?) [...]

2022-04-29T14:59:00-04:00April 29, 2022|By |

Hamilton Toplines: April 11–17, 2022

Russia Russian diplomats and state media last week mentioned “Mariupol” in nearly 500 tweets as they blamed Ukrainian Nazis and their Western backers for war crimes committed in the battered Ukrainian port city. Diplomatic accounts claimed that Ukra [...]

2022-04-19T17:01:43-04:00April 19, 2022|By and |

Russia’s War in Ukraine: Lessons for Taiwan

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine serves as a reminder for democracies big and small of the stakes of maintaining free and open societies in the face of rising illiberalism, autocracy, and totalitarianism. And despite the seemingly insurmountable odds fo [...]

2022-03-21T10:21:13-04:00March 21, 2022|By |

Russian Messaging the Week Before War on Ukraine

Russian disinformation on the Kremlin-instigated crisis in Ukraine reached a new level of intensity between February 14 and February 20, 2022. Months of Russian warnings about a Ukrainian provocation developed into baseless accusations that Ukrainia [...]

2022-02-25T11:20:42-05:00February 25, 2022|By |

Sanctions Are A Tool, Not A Magic Wand

As Russia has menaced Ukraine with a buildup of troops in recent weeks—and even after those forces ultimately crossed the border—much media and expert commentary has focused on what the U.S. and EU sanctions response should be, analyzing its effects [...]

2022-02-25T13:15:21-05:00February 24, 2022|By |
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