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 (unpublished)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