Matthew Crosston

Putin: Cleaning Up an American Mess in Syria


The recent appearance of Russian President Vladimir Putin before the UN was a command performance for any Western analyst who wants a deeper and more brazen access to Russian global affairs thinking. The traditional mistake made, by Americans…

An Anti-Theory of Sanctions: Why an Iranian New Deal was Necessary


While the debate over the wisdom of concluding the Iran nuclear deal continues, this article takes a slightly more involved intellectual approach to explain why an alternative to the long-standing sanctions was likely inevitable…

KHORASAN: Where ISIS, Caspian Energy, and Great Power Politics Meet


The word on the street in Afghanistan is that the United States created ISIS to be a problem for Russia, China, and Iran. While it would not be the first time the US funded, trained, or invented militarized extremism in the name of…

The Irony of Revolution: JCPOA as Youth Coercion Tool in Iran


The recently signed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and China was barely completed and announced to the world when debates about its impact began…

The Hydra of the Caspian Sea: Iran’s Naval Strategy


The Iranian military is predominately thought of for its capabilities and strategy in the Gulf. Though the competitors differ in the Caspian Sea, the Iranian Military has a similar composition and strategy in this theater. The Strait of Hormuz is a global…

Enemy of My Enemy: Keeping Iran Cornered through Saudi-Israeli Strategy


The endlessly fickle oscillation of global affairs is being witnessed today by the waxing and waning of American enthusiasm for an Iranian nuclear deal, now supposedly concluded with a brokered agreement on July 14. But that…

The Silk Road Superhighway: Kazakh Transportation as Geopolitics


It is entirely common for a federal government to make budgetary promises to improve infrastructure. Indeed, every country around the world is full with both promises and jokes lampooning said promises to…

Hammer and Nail: Spinning War from Peace in Iran’s Nuke Deal


Here is the ultimate axiom for all aspiring diplomats and foreign policy experts to know: there is no such thing as a simple quest for peace. Before anyone goes apoplectic with disgust and disdain at such cynicism…

EU vs. Google: When Two Goliaths Meet

The European Commission has opened a formal investigation into Google to ascertain whether or not the company’s operating system, applications,…

American Jihadi: Why Westerners Fight for the Islamic State

Media outlets and government circles both cringe and squirm when the subject of Westerners leaving the West to go fight…

American UAV Apartheid and the ‘Blowback’ of New Drone Armies

It is perhaps a misnomer to discuss future ‘blowback:’ there have been groups actively pursuing technological attacks on American targets…

Ethics, Law, and the Changing Drone Landscape

Perhaps the most striking thing when reviewing the impressive literature that examines drone conflict and international law is just how…

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