Matthew Crosston

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 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…

Targeted Killings Are Coming Back to the US

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While most international organizations and foreign states have made attempts to explicitly fuse drones and targeted killing to already established…

NATO: A Great and Mighty Wind, Signifying Nothing

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The surrealism of the Ukrainian conflict continued last week, with the 28 members of the NATO alliance meeting in a…

Obama v. Putin – A Tale of a Posturing President

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Less than two weeks ago President Obama, sitting for an interview with The Economist magazine, basically went ‘old school’ on…

Cold War Think Tanks: Back to Business

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2014 is starting to look and sound and feel an awful lot like 1964. If you find yourself sitting at…

Ukraine: This Little Piggy Won’t be Missed

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One of the odd things inevitably lost in the mire and labyrinth of complex high politics is how often executive…

Yemen: A handful of Special Interests

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The percentage of Americans who have heard of Yemen is undoubtedly small. Still fewer could locate it on a map.…

Saving Lives or Saving Face? Sanctions, Russia, and the West

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New sanctions were levied against Russia on July 16th by both the United States and the European Union. America has…

Iraq: The Strange Partners of Foreign Affairs

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Judging by any host of news organizations and commentary shows on television you would think Iraq has already fallen completely…

The Fast and the Furious in Gas Geopolitics

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The interplay between Ukraine and Russia when it comes to gas geopolitics goes far beyond economic negotiations and development. It…

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