Matthew Crosston

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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

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