Matthew Crosston

BC: Economic Espionage: The Curse of ‘Soft Spying’

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Despite Hollywood romanticizing about Bonds and Bournes, one of the most prevalent forms of modern intelligence activity is also arguably the least emphasized: economic and industrial espionage. Aimed at garnering a financial and innovation advantage for countries seeking greater influence in a highly globalized world, this activity is not just about economic policy but serves…

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

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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, allow me to explain. I am not saying diplomats and foreign policy analysts do not have the best of intentions when trying to broker…

Putin: Cleaning Up an American Mess in Syria

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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 most certainly, is to dismiss Russian argument as nothing but crying over spilt geostrategic milk: in short, since Russia lost…

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

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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. This is especially the case if there is a sincere desire to see Iran incorporated long-term into the global community and not simply continue…

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

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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 great power politics, the whole truth of this statement is far-fetched. What it suggests is that sometime prior to the US…

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

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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. As can be expected, much of the conversation since the announcement has been focused on Iran’s nuclear program and whether this plan can prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon…

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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