TOPICS & READINGS - Summer 2021

American Grand Strategy and the Role of Information - Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon

The Art of Peace: Engaging a Complex World (2016), Juliana Geran Pilon

The Classical Liberal Foundations of the U.S. Constitution – Dr. Roger Pilon

“American Constitutional Theory and History: Implications for European Constitutionalism,” Roger Pilon, Cato Journal, Fall 2018.

“America’s Founders and the Principles of Foreign Policy: Sovereign Independence, National Interests, and the Cause of Liberty in the World,” First Principles Series, No. 33, The Heritage Foundation.

Information and Psychological Operations  - Dr. J. Michael Waller

"The Prevalence of Guile: Deception through Time and Across Cultures and Discipline,” Barton Whaley, National Intelligence Council, Feb. 2007, Introduction and Conclusions.

“Psychological Warfare: Principles for Global Competition,” MAJ Robert Coombs SWJ 4-21-21 

Technology Security - Dr. Steve Bryen

Technology Security and National Power: Winners and Losers, Stephen D. Bryen (Routledge, 2015), Chs. 5 and 6

“The US government has no answer to attack on pipeline,” Stephen Bryen, Asia Times, May 13, 2021.
“Examining America's Culpability for COVID,” Stephen D. Bryen and Shoshana Bryen, Newsweek 6/8/21.

Future of War - BG Mike Eastman​​

"Are US Civil-Military Relations in Crisis?” Rosa Brooks, Parameters, Vol. 51, No. 1, Spring 3-2-2021.

“Warfighting in Cyberspace,” Joshua Rovner, War on the Rocks, March 17, 2021


Disinformation and Active Measures - Dr. Jack Dziak

"“Countering Russian Disinformation,” September 23, 2020, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Appendix C.
“Islamism and Stratagem,” Dr. John J. Dziak, International Assessment and Strategy Center, April 6th, 2007.


International Finance and the Perils of Cryptocurrency - Piotr Trabinsky


“Challenges faced by international monetary fund (IMF) and the ways of dealing with them,” by Maria Sanchez, Research Methodology, May 18, 2016.

“Bitcoin Is a Threat to National Security,” by Ramon Marks and David Harvilicz, The National Interest, 5/17, 2021.

“Cyber Command plans bigger budget for mission planning tool,” Mark Pomerleau, C4ISRNET, June 4, 2021.

Fake News - Eric Rozenman


“Netzarim Junction and the Birth of Fake News,” Richard Landes, Tablet, Oct. 3, 2018  

“The Gaza Conundrum,” Jonathan Schanzer, Commentary, May 14, 2019

across the Middle East,” U.S. Agency for Global Media, Nov. 3, 2018.

“The Washington Post’s Mythical ‘Five Myths about Iran,’” by Eric Rozenman, InSight, Jan. 23, 2018.  

“New York Times Corrects Its Headline Claim That Gaza Dead Were ‘Mostly Civilians’,” Ira Stoll, Algemeiner, June 1, 2021.  

Defense Lobbying in the Age of Cancel Culture - Josh Carter, Eric Hannis

“The Woke-Military-Complex,” Petro Gonzales, The National Interest, March 19, 2021.
The Defense Industry’s Role in Militarizing US Foreign Policy,” Shana Marshall, Middle East Report 294 (Spring 2020)


Cyber Countertruth - Dr. Steve Bryen 

"“Social Media: Misinformation and Content Moderation Issues for Congress,” January 27, 2021 Congressional Research Service 
“Facebook is observing a 'steady growth' in disinformation-for-hire services,” by Shannon Vavra, Cyberscoop, May 11, 2021.
“Considering the Source: Varieties of COVID-19 Information,” Congressional Research Service Report, May 19, 2021. 


Irregular Warfare, China, North Korea - COL David Maxwell, Greg Scarlatoiu; Rosa

“What We’re Learning About China’s Use of Social Media for Propaganda,” Thomas Jocelyn, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, May 14, 2021.

“Digital Trenches: North Korea’s Information Counter-Offensive,” Martyn Williams, Committee on Human Rights in North Korea, Dec 18, 2019. Introduction, Section 9, Conclusion

Grand Strategy and Public Diplomacy - Dr. Seth Cropsey 


“The Unappreciated Power of Radio Free Asia: Telling the Truth to China's People,” Harry Halem & Seth Cropsey, The Hill, 4/20/21.

“The U.S. Role on the Global Stage,” Seth Cropsey, U.S. Naval Institute, May 2021.. 

How the U.S. Government Disinforms Its Citizens - Chris Farrell

“FBI IG Redactions Should Have Been The Headlines,” Chris Farrell, Daily Caller, April 17, 2020.

Free Speech and Academic Freedom - Dr. Tom Merrill 

“Global Support for Principle of Free Expression, but Opposition to Some Forms of Speech,” by Richard Wike and Katie Simmons, Pew Research Center, Nov. 18, 2015. 

Chinese Art of Non-peace - Dr. Jian Li Yang   

“How China Censors Foreign Journalism,” Jianli Yang, NR, April 14, 2021

“Is LinkedIn Cowering For China?” Jianli Yang, Daily Clout, March 27, 2021.

Weaponized Information  - Ilan Berman

“Information Warfare Watch,” No. 2, American Foreign Policy Council, June 2, 2021,
“Iranians aren’t listening to America,” Ilan Berman, The Hill, May 20, 2021
“Cyber Command plans bigger budget for mission planning tool,” Mark Pomerleau, C4ISRNET, June 4.


Information Domain and the Defense Department - Dr. Julie S. Ryan 

"Information Warfare: A Conceptual Framework," by Julie S. Ryan, Guest Presentations, Spring 1996.

"Defense Department Strategy on Operations in the Information Environment" - 2016.

Cognitive Security – Dr. Rand Waltzman 

 “The Weaponization of Information: The Need for Cognitive Security,” Rand Waltzman, Testimony presented before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity on April 27, 2017.

Foreign Assistance and Human Rights  – Dorothy Taft 

“9 Ways USAID Improves Democracy, Human Rights & Governance,” by Jessica Benton Cooney, USAID, Jul. 13, 2017.

“Healing by the Book, by Susan Billington Harper, Philanthropy Magazine, Apr. 2018.

“Protecting Democracies Amid A Flood of Corrosive Capital,” John Sullivan, Center for International Private Enterprise, Sept. 2018. 

Foreign Assistance and National Security – Zebu Jilani

“Wali-e-Swat’s granddaughter striving to serve underprivileged people of valley,” Farzana Ali Khan, The News, Aug. 13, 2011.

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