TOPICS & READINGS - Summer 2019

Grand Strategy - Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon

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

Philosophical Foundations of Freedom - Dr. Thomas Merrill


‘The Later Jefferson and the Problem of Natural Rights,” by Thomas Merrill, Perspectives on Political Science, 44:122–130, 2015

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

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

Global Dimensions of Economic Liberty – Juan Carlos Hidalgo

“U.S. Policy toward Latin America,” Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 8th ed., 2017.

Information Warfare - Dr. Julie J. C. H. Ryan​​

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

Lobbying Pros and Cons - Eric Hannis

“Congressional panel calls for lobbying disclosure reforms,” by Alex Gangitano, The Hill, 05/23/19.


The Founders' Legacy for U.S. Foreign Policy – Dr. Matthew Spalding

“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,

Right and Left: Past the Ad Hominems - Dr. Lee Edwards


“Rick Perlstein, You’re No Herodotus,” by Lee Edwards, NR April 18, 2017.

Sovereignty and Nationalism – Dr. John Fonte


"Sovereignty or Submission: Liberal Democracy or Global Governance?” by John Fonte, Foreign Policy Research Institute E-Notes, Oct. 2011,

Afghanistan's Challenges and How the U.S. Can Help - Fawzia Etemadi and Dr.  Hamid Naweed


“Political Stability in Afghanistan A 2020 Vision and Roadmap,” Alex Thier and Scott Worden, U.S. Institute of Peace Special Report 408, July 2017.

Government Cyber Activity - Dr. Alex Crowther


"Detangling the Web: A Screenshot of U.S. Government Cyber Activity,” by G. Alexander Crowther and Shaheen Ghori, Joint Force Quarterly 78, July 1, 2015.  


Narcoterrorism in Latin America - Dr. Celina Realuyo


"The Evolving Role of the Security Forces to Counter Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas,” by Celina B. Realuyo, Regional Insights, 2018, No. 2 (March)

Countering Disinformation and Misinformation - Todd Leventhal

“Deception, Disinformation, and Strategic Communications: How One Interagency Group Made a Major Difference,” Fletcher Schoen and Christopher J. Lamb, National Defense University Press, June 2012.

Perceptions Management: Soviet Active Measures - Dr. Jack Dziak


"Perceptions Management: Soviet Deception and its Implications for National Security, by Cathy Darlene Walters, Naval Postgraduate School Thesis, 1998.


The Holocaust’s Relevance Today – Dr. Radu Ioanid


Introduction to the Holocaust:

“Review of The Holocaust in Romania by Radu Ioanid,” Literature Salon, Nov. 19, 2014.

Broadcasting to the Arab World - Omran Salman

"More Than Half The Battle: On Broadcasting And Ideology"

“A new and revitalized Alhurra TV launches across the Middle East,” U.S. Agency for Global Media, Nov. 3, 2018.

The Senate Armed Service Committee’s Current Concerns - Josh Carter

“Strategic Trends 2018,” John Thompson, Brian Carlson, Severin Fischer, Tim Prior, eds., ETH Zürich Center for Security Studies (CSS), 2018.

War Crimes Prosecutions - Charles "Cully" Stimson


"Case Against Accused USS Cole Bomber Stalled Again,” by Charles "Cully" Stimson, Heritage Foundation Commentary, Apr. 19, 2019,

Maritime Strategy - Dr. Seth Cropsey

"China Is Testing the United States,” by Seth Cropsey, Real Clear Defense, April 2, 2019.

U. S. Development Assistance: Democracy Building – J. Randall Tift

“9 Ways USAID Improves Democracy, Human Rights & Governance,” by Jessica Benton Cooney, USAID, Jul. 13, 2017. 12

Central Europe: Focus on Hungary - Anna Stumpf Smith Lacey


"Hungary and the Future of Europe,” Christopher Caldwell, Claremont Review of Books, April 30, 21019

Cyber Warfare - Dr. Stephen D. Bryen

"The Cybersecurity Delusion,” by Stephen D. Bryen and Rachel Ehrenfeld, Aug. 10, 2016.

Technology Security and National Power: Winners and Losers, by Stephen D. Bryen, Cyber Warfare, Ch. 6. 

Speech in International Context - Dr. Jacquie Pfeffer 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.

Building Civil Society - Dan Fisk, Scott Mastick

History of the National Endowment for Democracy

Ronald Reagan’s Westminster Speech, June 8, 1982.

Preliminary statement by International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) on the Nigerian elections of March 9, 2019.

Strategic and Tactical Challenges of the U.S. Army - BG Michael Eastman

Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy

Transportation Security Issues - John Simmons, Toby Estes

“Transportation Security: Issues for the 115th Congress: July 5, 2006 – January 5, 2017,” Congressional Research Service Report RL-33512, esp. “Introduction” and “Aviation Cybersecurity”

U.S. Military Strength - Mackenzie Eaglen


"Defense budget peaks in 2019, underfunding the National Defense Strategy,” by Mackenzie Eaglen, American Enterprise Institute, May 2019.

Gaza and the Palestinian Problem - Dr. Jonathan Schanzer

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

Asian Threats and Special Forces Operations - COL David Maxwell


Midterm Assessment: North Korea,” David Maxwell and Mathew Ha, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies Policy Brief, Jan. 31, 2019,

Public Diplomacy and Voice of America - Dr. Rick Barnes

"How to Make the Voice of America Come Through Loud and Clear,” by Robert Reilly, Wall Street Journal, Feb. 17, 2017. 

Helping Women in the Developing World to be Independent - Dorothy Taft

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

The IMF and Global Financial Security - Piotr Trabinsky

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

Strengthening Democracy and Private Sector Economy - Abdulwahab Alkebsi

“Lessons in Democratic Development,” by John Sullivan, CIPE Resources, May 25, 2018.

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

Human Rights in North Korea: National Security Implications – Rosa Park

"Universal Periodic Review of the DPRK 2014-2018,” HRNK Submission, May 2019.

Media Bias - Eric Rozenman

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

"After Apologizing for Anti-semitic Cartoon…”, by Ricki Hollander, CAMERA May 6, 2019.

Terrorism - Ilan Berman


"Technology Is Making Terrorists More Effective And Harder To Thwart,” Ilan Berman, The National Interest, Feb. 22, 2019.

Putinism - Dr. Herman Pirchner 


"'Putin's brain' an echo of absolute tyrants,” by Herman Pirchner, The Hill, 3/08/19,

The Ongoing Challenge of Communism - Marion Smith

The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression, eds. Stephane Courtois, et. al., 1999. Foreword and Introduction.