Below you can find commentary summarizing research and connecting my work to contemporary foreign policy events and debates.


  • Big Brains podcast episode on my research. Secrecy, intelligence, and democracy (10/20/2020) [audio]
  • Book and other topics on Thank You For Your Service podcast (9/25/2019) [audio]
  • Book discussion of Secret Wars at Stimson Center (5/14/2019) [video]
  • Book launch for Secret Wars: Covert Conflict in International Politics, The Wilson Center (3/11/2019) [audio] [video]
  • Commentary on 75th anniversary of the December 1942 production of the first controlled nuclear chain reaction, University of Chicago (1/29/2018) [video]


The Paradoxes of Escalation in Ukraine.” Foreign Affairs, July 29, 2022.

The Dangers of a Loyalist Director of National Intelligence.” Lawfare, September 19, 2019.
When Dissent Is the Only Choice: A Response to ‘Intelligence and Public Dissent’.”
Lawfare, October 9, 2019.

After the Saudi oil attack, will the U.S. and Saudis start a war with Iran? Here are 3 things to know.” Monkey Cage, The Washington Post, September 17, 2019.

“The Trump administration is revealing U.S. intelligence operations. Is it revealing too much?” Monkey Cage, The Washington Post, June 20, 2019. With Allison Carnegie.

“Russia and the U.S. just defused a potential crisis in Syria–and showed us how to back away from a war.” Monkey Cage, The Washington Post, February 23, 2018.

“Trump and Covert Operations in Syria. A Not-So-Artful-Deal?” War on the Rocks, August 1, 2017. With Michael Poznansky.

“Obama used covert retaliation in response to Russian election meddling. Here’s why.” Monkey Cage, The Washington Post, June 29, 2017.

“The logic for (shoddy) U.S. covert action in Syria.” War on the Rocks, July 21, 2016. With Michael Poznansky.

“Did Russian personnel help take down MH17?” Monkey Cage, The Washington Post, July 22, 2014.

“Pretending that leaked information is secret hurts democratic debate.” Monkey Cage, The Washington Post, May 12, 2014.