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WikiLeaks is the Future

By Tim Maurer On Wednesday, the High Court in London rejected the appeal by Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, to block his extradition to Sweden. It is the latest twist in a story about money, fame, sex, underground hackers, … Continue reading >

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A Better Way to Deal with Dirty-Bomb Threats

The Power & Policy Fellows Forum By Arnold Bogis The latest diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks are filled with descriptions of smuggled radioactive materials. Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Michael Leiter recently testified to the House Permanent Select Committee … Continue reading >

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Software Power: Cyber warfare is the risky new frontline

In the late 19th century, American Admiral Alfred Mahan described the rise of sea power and its relationship to a nation’s global strength.  In the early 20th century Italian General Giulio Douhet was first to develop theories about the essentiality … Continue reading >

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Power and Policy in An Information Age

As authoritarian Arab regimes struggle with Twitter and Al Jazeera inflamed-demonstrations; Iran tries to cope with the cyber sabotage of its nuclear enrichment program; and American diplomats try to understand the impact of Wikileaks, it is clear that smart policy in an information age will need a more sophisticated understanding of power in world politics.

That is the argument of my new book The Future of Power. Two types of power shifts are occurring in this century – power transition and power diffusion. Power transition from one dominant state to another is a familiar historical event, but power diffusion is a more novel process. The problem for all states in today’s global information age is that more things are happening outside the control of even the most powerful states. In the words of Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations (and once a faculty member at the Kennedy School),  “the proliferation of information is as much a cause of nonpolarity as is the proliferation of weaponry.”

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