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
Vanity Fair - 21 Dec 2017
Interesting and insightful throughout. On a whirlwind tour around the globe, Trump’s former aide and alter ego reveals what really went on in the White House, his unfettered thoughts on Javanka, his complicated relationship with his erstwhile boss—and his own political ambitions (reads in 8-10 min.)
Published in Weekly selection 23 December 2017
The Washington Post - paywall - 26 Nov 2017
Most would agree that the underlying conditions of U.S. democracy need repair. In this article that can read in 15 min or 1 h+, 38 thinkers, artists and practitioners submit ideas for repairing the country’s “badly broken civic life”. They range from “persuading the voters to keep clicking” (Moises Naim) to “creating a system of voting credits” (Eric Posner). Interesting and insightful throughout. Many ideas could be applicable outside of the US.
Published in Weekly selection 3 November 2017