Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 24 Jan 2018
The deceptive use of information for hostile purposes constitutes sharp power. Information warfare always existed but two things are new: the speed and ease with which such disinformation can spread and the low cost of spreading it. Sharp power does little to enhance the soft power of its perpetrators, and in some cases does the opposite. Defending against sharp power is not easy, but openness is key (reads in 7-9 min).
Published in Weekly selection 26 January 2018
Wired - 27 Nov 2017
In this interview, one of the most plugged-in American columnists discusses his latest novel. It goes deep into the inner-workings of modern Chinese intelligence and explains how the race for a new technology can provide geopolitical advantage. It offers many insights on quantum computing: an absolute national priority for the Chinese who regard it as one of the potential breakthrough, world-changing, dominant technologies in the future (reads in 9-12 min).
Published in Weekly selection 1 December 2017
Politico Magazine - 26 Aug 2017
This article inverses the common perspective by asking: if an impoverished dictatorship like North Korea can build a nuclear weapon against the will of the world, who can’t? The country has defied the experts about proliferation and shown that: (1) a poor state can build a bomb; (2) Dictators can manage complex projects; (3) Vulnerable states cannot be easily deterred or denied (reads in 7-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 2 September 2017