Biography

Biography
I’m a recovering writer, speaker, and pundit. My day job is being the communications officer for Eurasia Foundation, which does civic engagement, connectivity, and cross-border peacebuilding in the Middle East, North Africa, Eurasia, and East Asia. In this space, I’ll be writing about food, food culture, and things like that. For a while, I was a freelance ...

For PBS: The false fear of autonomous weapons

Last month, Human Rights Watch raised eyebrows with a provocatively titled report about autonomous weaponry that can select targets and fire at them without human input. “Losing Humanity: The Case Against Killer Robots,” blasts the headline, and argues that autonomous weapons will increase the danger to civilians in conflict. In this report, HRW urges the ...

For The Atlantic: The World in 2030 Won’t Look Anything Like You Think

…But that doesn’t mean thinking isn’t still important. What to make of the intelligence community’s effort to forecast global events In 1997, the U.S. intelligence outfit charged with long-term strategic thinking made some startling predictions: by 2010, North Korea would be transformed into a normal state and tensions on the peninsula would be eliminated; the western ...

For PBS: A Chaotic Intelligence Community

The Washington Post reported over the weekend that the Pentagon is sending hundreds of spies overseas as part of its rapid expansion into espionage- an endeavor rivaling the CIA. The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) will oversee this effort, expected to top the deployment of 1,600 agents worldwide. And it is the wrong approach. The Intelligence ...