Policy Pieces

The Puzzling Non-Use of Data Access Laws:  The NetzDG Case, with Jen Rosiere Reynolds, Lawfare, July 10, 2023.

Here’s how Russia’s RT spread propaganda in the lead-up to the election, with Benjamin Dubow, Evanna Hu, Ulaş Erdoğdu, Kamya Yadav, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, June 17, 2021.

Countries have more than 100 laws on the books to combat misinformation. How well do they work?, with Kamya Yadav, Ulaş Erdoğdu, Samikshya Siwakoti, and Alicia Wanless, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, May 13, 2021.

Politics, race, and religion: Pandemic misinformation courses through the Southeast Asian internet, with Jan Oledan, Nicola Bariletto, Saiful Salihudin, Mehulika Sitepu, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, January 25, 2021.

Old hatreds fuel online misinformation about COVID-19 in South Asia with  Kamya Yadav, Isra Thange, Julia Ilhardt, Samikshya Siwakoti, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, November 25, 2020.

We’ve analyzed thousands of COVID-19 misinformation narratives. Here are six regional takeaways, with Isra Thange and Samikshya Siwakoti, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, November 9, 2020.

How Russia, China, and other governments use coronavirus disinformation to reshape geopolitics, with Isra Thange, Nicola Bariletto, Luca Zanotti, Jacob Rob, and Samikshya Siwakoti, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, October 12, 2020.

Corona-free? How disinformation could be clouding the true pandemic picture in Africa, with Julia Ilhardt, Giorgio Musto, and Samikshya Siwakoti, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, September 21, 2020.

Coronavirus disinformation adds conspiratorial fuel to a volatile Middle East, with Samikshya Siwakoti, Isra Thange, and Alaa Ghoneim, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, September 7, 2020.

Coronavirus misinformation is a global issue, but which myth you fall for likely depends on where you live, with Jason Weismueller, Jan Oledan, and Paul Harrigan, The Conversation, August 11, 2020.

Profiting from panic: the bizarre bogus cures and scams of the coronavirus era with Alaa Ghoneim, Saiful Salihudin, Isra Thange, Anne Wen, Jan Oledan, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, July 24, 2020.

A jet ski vacation during the coronavirus lockdown? Online liars want to make you mad at politicians with Giorgio Musto, Kamya Yadav, Audrey Yan, and Jan Oledan, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, July 13, 2020.

Fact-checking networks fight coronavirus infodemic, with Jan Oledan, Julia Ilhardt and Giorgio Musto, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, June 25, 2020.

Coronovirus: Don't forget about the poor kids, with Austin L. Wright, New York Daily News, March 19, 2020.

The Pitfalls and Possibilities of the Measurement Revolution for National Security, with Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, Liam Collins, and Kristen G. DeCaires, War on the Rocks, January 16, 2020.

Catching China by the Belt (and Road): How Washington can beat Beijing's global influence campaign, with Ethan B. Kapstein, Foreign Policy, April 20, 2019.

Damaging democracy? Security provision and turnout in Afghan elections, with Luke Condra, Michael Callen, Radha K. Iyengar, James D. Long, Economics and Politics, October 26, 2018.

Book Review Roundtable: America's Hot and Cold Relationship with Its Counterrorism Partners, with Derek Chollet, Christine Abizaid, and Martha Crenshaw, Texas National Security Review, July 31, 2018.

The Military Cost of Civilian War Casualties, with Andrew Shaver, Foreign Affairs, August 22 2017.

Elections and Corruption: Politics and Public Procurement in India, with Jonathan Lehne, and Oliver Vanden Eynde, VoxDev, August 12, 2018.

The Role of Election Competition in Strengthening Pakistan's Fledgling Local Democracy, with Asad Liaqat, Michael Callen, Ali Cheema, Adnan Khan, and Mudammad Farooq Naseer, International Growth Centre, March 16 2017.

The Flawed Logic of Trump's Executive Order How Not to Fight Terrorism, Foreign Affairs, January 30 2017.

How We Can Kill Terrorism With KindnessTime, January 5 2017.

Political Violence in Post-9/11 Wars, Peace Science Digest, Vol. 1, Issue 6 (January 2017) Summary of the article from Peace Science Digest.

A Predictable Failure: The Political Economy of the Decline of the Islamic State, CTC Sentinel, September 2016.

The Problem With Vows to Defeat the Islamic State, with Stephen Biddle, The Atlantic, August 21, 2016.

A Military Guide to Accessing Research on Fragile States, with Caitlin Tulloch, War on the Rocks, June 22, 2016.

America Can't Do Much About ISIS, with Stephen Biddle, The Atlantic, April 20, 2016.

Islamic State's New Strategy is Suicidal, with Eli Berman, December 2, 2015.

Here's why we can only contain the Islamic State, not bomb it back to the Stone Age, with Stephen Biddle, The Washington Post, December 1, 2015.

Why ISIL Will Fail on Its Own, with Eli Berman, Politico Magazine, November 29, 2015.

Connecting the red corridor, Infrastructure development in conflict zones, with Shapiro et al, International Growth Centre, June 2015.

The Super Smart Way to Dismantle ISIS, with Eli Berman and Joseph H. Felter, The National Interest, February 27, 2015.

Aid for Peace: Does Money Buy Hearts and Minds?, with Eli Berman and Joseph H. Felter, Foreign Affairs, January 21, 2015.

The terrorist bureaucracy: Inside the files of the Islamic State in Iraq, with Danielle F. Jung, The Boston Globe, December 14, 2014.

108 Terrorist Memoirs, AnalyzedThe Boston Globe, January 19, 2014.

The Business Habits of Highly Effective TerroristsForeign Affairs, August 2013.

Why assume the Taliban will always be so violent?Financial Times, August 13, 2013.

Effective Aid in Conflict Zones, with Eli Berman, Joseph H. Felter, and Erin Toland, Vox, May 26, 2013.

Political Violence in Pakistan: Myths versus Realities, with Rasul Baksh Rais, International Growth Centre Policy Brief, April 2012.

Pakistan's Middle Class Extremists, Foreign Affairs, July 11, 2011.

Constructive COIN: How Development Can Fight Radicals, with Eli Berman and Joseph H. Felter, Foreign Affairs, June 1, 2010.

Strictly Confidential, Why Professors and Analysts are Our Best Secret Weapon, Foreign Policy, October 13, 2009.