The Monkey Cage: Security


Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Querying the FISA Queries

Last week’s FISA news -- about how the NSA “queries” its database for information about American citizens -- was not actually new. But they highlighted just how much information the agency has and the loose constraints on its use.

By H.L. Pohlman  |  05:30 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  FISA, intelligence policy, national security, Surveillance

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 04/07/2014

Libya’s security dilemma

In Libya, the absence of strong state institutions creates the need for militias to provide security, but these groups undermine security and the development of strong state institutions. What do Libyans think of this thorny security dilemma?

By Lindsay Benstead, Alexander Kj rum, Ellen Lust and Jakob Wichmann  |  08:38 AM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Libya, Militias, Public Opinion, Security

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Would new Iran sanctions help U.S. negotiators? Probably not.

It’s possible that new sanctions might strengthen Obama’s hand in the Iran negotiations. But that’s not the way you should be betting.

By Henry Farrell  |  08:38 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  international security, Iran, Nuclear Weapons, Senate

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 11/26/2013

A diplomatic endgame with Iran? The case for optimism

Convincing Iran to settle for nuclear latency may require some concessions from the United States. But this isn’t surprising.

By Matthew Fuhrmann  |  01:42 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  international security, Iran, Nuclear Weapons

Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 11/14/2013

Five key questions -- and answers -- about the nuclear talks with Iran

What you need to know about the Iranian nuclear program

By Henry Farrell  |  08:18 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  international security, Nuclear Weapons

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Cyber-Pearl Harbor is a myth

Don’t expect to see any Pearl Harbor style cyber attacks, unless you’re watching a bad Bruce Willis movie.

By Henry Farrell  |  11:59 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cybersecurity, international security

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 11/05/2013

Our allies’ spooks don’t just spy on each other. They help each other change the law.

Alliances across different countries’ spying agencies are probably more important than the disagreements between them.

By Henry Farrell  |  10:44 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  international security, Surveillance

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 10/25/2013

Five things you need to know about the transatlantic wiretap scandal

Hypocrisy, timing, personal relationships, costly signals and European domestic politics explain what’s happening over wiretapping.

By Henry Farrell  |  12:44 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  international security, Surveillance

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Obama takes big bucks from telecoms, ramps up national security state

It’s fun to look at the political contributions of celebrities, but more is learned by looking at industry breakdowns.

By  |  10:01 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign Finance, National Security State, Surveillance

Posted at 08:53 PM ET, 10/17/2013

Mike Ward’s Lab Has a New Blog

Predictive Heuristics promises to lend insight into the big data debate.

By Erica Chenoweth  |  08:53 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  big data, forecasting, international security, political science, prediction

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 09/25/2013

What do policymakers want from academics?

Paul Avey and Michael Desch have surveyed national security policymakers and find that academics are not delivering what these policymakers want.

By Erik Voeten  |  09:02 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  international security