Essays

In addi­tion to sev­er­al years of archives of my writ­ing for PBS Need to Know, The Atlantic, Medi­um, the Colum­bia Jour­nal­ism Review, and some oth­er places like the New York Times, CNN, Salon, and else­where, I have occa­sion­al­ly writ­ten long-form essays. These will be linked below as rights become avail­able.

Trump’s trans ban is just the lat­est effort by politi­cians to force LGBT peo­ple back in the clos­et, Mic, Aug. 3, 2017

Amer­i­cans don’t know their neigh­bors anymore—and that’s bad for the future of democ­ra­cyQuartz, Feb­ru­ary 28, 2017

Can Fan­cy Bear Be Stopped? The Clear and Present Dan­ger of Russ­ian Info OpsWar on the Rocks, Sep­tem­ber 29, 2016

Mock­ery and Malarky in the ICThe Amer­i­can Inter­est, Feb­ru­ary 5, 2016

Why the Might­i­est Super­pow­er on Earth Has­n’t Won a War in DecadesPlay­boy, Sep­tem­ber 2015

What It’s Like to Be Gay in the Ultra-Mas­cu­line Nat­Sec Com­mu­ni­tyFor­eign Pol­i­cy, Sep­tem­ber 30, 2015

Eupho­rias of SIGINT: Edward Snow­den and the Pas­sion of Glenn Green­wald
 (unpub­lished)

The Most Bizarre Jihadist Tri­al You’ve Nev­er Heard OfBea­con Read­er, 11/5/2013

The Sci­ence Fic­tion of Drone­pho­bia, Bea­con Read­er, 10/24/2013

Fort Meade, We Have A Prob­lem…, TPM Long­form, 9/30/2013

The Defec­tion of Edward Snow­denMedium.com, 7/26/2013

The Geek Awak­en­ing, Medium.com, 7/4/2013

Over­sight for Effec­tive­ness: A Coun­tert­er­ror­ism Per­spec­tive on the Tar­get­ed Killings “White Paper,” Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Net­work, Feb­ru­ary 2013

Secu­ri­ty and Human Rights in Cen­tral AsiaBrown Jour­nal of World Affairs, Fall/Winter 2012

The Strate­gic Con­text of Lethal Drones: A Frame­work for Dis­cus­sionAmer­i­can Secu­ri­ty Project, August 2012

Mea­sur­ing Suc­cess: Are We Win­ning? Over 10 Years in AfghanistanAmer­i­can Secu­ri­ty Project, May 2012

France in Kapisa: A Com­bined Approach to State­build­ingState­build­ing in Afghanistan: multi­na­tion­al con­tri­bu­tions to recon­struc­tion, May 2011.

Post-Sovi­et Cen­tral Asian Nation­al Inter­ests in AfghanistanThe Cen­tu­ry Foun­da­tion, Sep­tem­ber 2010

Kapisa Province: A COIN Case Study in AfghanistanWorld Pol­i­tics Review, 3/31/2009

Human Rights in Cen­tral AsiaWorld Pol­i­tics Review, 12/22/2008