Archive for ‘Carmen Medina’

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Why Fragile States Matter

After the stunning collapse of the Iranian regime in 1979, country risk analysts everywhere became desirous of some method to better calculate the risk of […] More

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Dystopian Progress in China

I just returned from my first visit to China—13 days of a typical tourist itinerary: Shanghai, Wuhan, Yangtze River, Chongqing, Xian, and Beijing. But even […] More

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Best Of: Essential Knowledge

For this year’s Labor Day coverage, The Cipher Brief revisits Carmen Medina’s discussion of “Essential Knowledge.” Medina’s discussion of internet trends is crucial knowledge for […] More

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The Human Dimension

National security experts commit many sins. They write about concepts such as multipolarity and balance of power as if they are real things and treat […] More

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A Matter of Time

I remember reading many years ago a critic describe the passage of time as one of the cheapest of dramatic devices—an easy way to advance […] More

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