New Research Publications and Media

Highlights of recent publications, press interviews, and other media from ISS researchers and scholars

Anonymity, Identity, and Lies

Knight First Amendment Institute
December 5, 2023
Artur Pericles Monteiro

Contrary to assumptions about user identification in online contexts, Artur Pericles Monteiro argues that anonymity can often be part of a healthy digital public sphere.

Privacy at a Crossroads

Research Handbook on Law and Technology
December 5, 2023
Artur Pericles Monteiro

Monteiro traces the trajectory of the right to privacy—focusing on informational privacy—even as the notions of “beyond privacy” and “data governance” have taken center stage.

When is an Empire Not an Empire?

The New Statesman
November 30, 2023
Arne Westad

ISS Director Arne Westad explores the legacy and relevance of empires in today’s world, as world powers struggle to work out what their authority means.

The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers Redux

The New Statesman
September 20, 2023
Paul Kennedy

Thirty-five years after its publication, Paul Kennedy reflects on the impact and prescience of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, considered one of the most important history books of the 20th century.

Gone West Through the Tropics: The Isthmus of Panama and the History of the American West

World History Connected
Summer 2023
Graydon Dennison

Graydon Dennison uses Pacific prospectors of the nineteenth century and U.S. citizen-settlers of the twentieth century to argue that Panama served as both a conduit for and reproduction of the “taking of the West.”

Beyond the NIEO: Self-Reliance as an Alternative Vision of Postcolonial Development

The Anticolonial Transnational: Imaginaries, Mobilities, and Networks in the Struggle against Empire
August 2023
Vivien Chang

Vivien Chang shows how the UN Economic Commission for Africa conceptualized and propagated “self-reliance” as an alternative to models of development that sought to integrate newly decolonized nations into the global capitalist order.

An Exercise in the Art of the Possible: Waging a Battle Against Apartheid in the South African Workplace

Enterprise & Society
July 25, 2023
Mattie Webb

Mattie Webb argues that South African workers in the last decade of Apartheid were not merely passive recipients of workplace reform, but rather active participants, shaping the form and direction of US and South African policy.

How America Broke Its War Machine

Foreign Affairs
July 3, 2023
Michael Brenes

Privatization and the hollowing out of the U.S. defense industry over many decades, Michael Brenes argues, have hamstrung the United States’ ability to deliver weapons to Ukraine and enhance the country’s defense capabilities more broadly.

The Origins of the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait Reconsidered

Texas National Security Review
Summer 2023
Daniel Chardell

Daniel Chardell examines the reasons for Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, finding that he overestimated and misinterpreted US power in the immediate post-Cold War era.

The Imperial Daiquiri: A Brief History of American Empire in One Cocktail

Perspectives on History
June 14, 2023
Ian Seavey

Rum, lime, sugar. Ian Seavey traces the daiquiri from Europe’s colonization of the Americas, through the US imperial project in the Caribbean, the Cold War, and beyond, showing it be a cultural touchstone.

What Does the West Really Know About Xi’s China?

Foreign Affairs
June 13, 2023
Arne Westad

Arne Westad sheds light on why outsiders struggle to understand Beijing’s decision-making.

Ideology, Grand Strategy and the Rise and Decline of Ethiopia's Regional Status

International Affairs
May 2023
Goitom Gebreluel

Goitom Gebreluel analyzes the grand strategies that have shaped Ethiopia’s regional power status in the twenty-first century.