The Middle East & Beyond
Piracy on the Cyber Seas
How the disintermediation and hyperconnectivity afforded by the cyber revolution threaten the order of the commons, and thus the Westphalian state system itself.
The Trump Cult?
Is the movement that elected Donald Trump President of the United States a cult?
An Editor's Tale Notes on “Notes on Cost Disease”
Not long ago TAI published (online and in the print magazine) an essay by Scott Alexander called “Notes on Cost Disease.” This essay originated as an extended blog post from the author and, like a lot of blog posts, it was written in a personal, loosely structured way. The author, whose real name I came […]
Khan Sheikhoun, Shayrat Air Base, and Now What?
I wrote my first response to the U.S. cruise missile attack on Shayrat Air Base on April 7, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. EDT—in other words, about 18 hours after the attack. A great deal more has happened since, and it is in the nature of a crisis that this be so. One of the characteristics […]
The Meaning of Khan Sheikhoun
Assad’s sarin gas attack in Syria should surprise precisely no one, and both parties in Washington share some blame for this new crisis.
Mean World The Television Presidency: An Epilogue
Since I wrote “The Television Presidency,” I have been noticing more examples of several points made in the essay. This is normal—it’s just the well-known cognitive phenomenon of the evoked set at work. Nearly everyone experiences this from time to time. Learn a new word or become familiar with a new pop-culture datum, for example, […]
Field of Fright
It’s hard to think of a worse fit for the job of National Security Advisor than Michael Flynn—and that assessment has nothing to do with any of his alleged contacts with Russian officials.