Matthew Crosston

America’s National Security Schizophrenia: Damning Russia with ‘Partnership’

There is no stronger example of the schizophrenic nature of American foreign policy toward Russia than comparing statements written in…

Cold War Triumphalism and Chicken-and-Egg Dilemmas

There is a decided chicken-and-egg quality when trying to unravel Russian-American relations. The general pessimism and pejorative characterizations that come…

Keeping Russia the Enemy: Congressional Attitudes and Biased Expertise

America seems reluctant in accepting the fairly benign fact that countries do not like to be dictated to and thus…

US-Russia Relations: The Problem of Intellectual Insincerity

There are numerous think tanks, both in the United States and Russia, which are deeply concerned about the state of…

Islamism and the Exploitation of Women

The events in Paris are unfortunately all too familiar in the 21st century. I think in some corners it is…

The Saudi Bait-and-Switch: Incurring Short-term Pain for Long-term Gain

Western media members are currently basking in what to them seems to be a story of economic ‘come-uppance.’ Saudi Arabia…

Old American Punishment, New Russian Strength: The Unintended Consequences

On December 18 President Vladimir Putin gave his traditional end-of-year holiday speech. Think of it as a Russian version of…

American Duplicity and Twisting in Our Own Tortured Noose

So the United States Senate has released its report highlighting extreme and supposedly ‘abhorrent’ techniques used on terrorist targets after…

Prisoners of Preconception – The Problems of Bias in American Intelligence

Anyone who has worked through post-mortems on the Iraq war is familiar with the pitfalls associated with ‘groupthink’ and preconceptions.…

Bears and Byzantium: How America Misreads Russian Grand Strategy

Common complaints within Intelligence Studies about the examination of foreign intelligence communities, especially those not residing in the west, run…

The American Failure behind ‘Grand Strategic Cultures’ and Modern Conflict

This work is about how a specific conceptualization of ‘culture’ in intelligence studies, amongst scholars at first but subsequently practitioners…

Economic Espionage: The Curse of ‘Soft Spying’

Despite Hollywood romanticizing about Bonds and Bournes, one of the most prevalent forms of modern intelligence activity is also arguably…

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