Category Strategy

US social media outreach targeting Iran

I am currently traveling on business, but have excerpted some comments from the US Department of State’s Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman, on the current status of US policy towards Iran. There were several interesting sections, but the discussion of US outreach targeting Iranian citizens I found particularly interesting.

Twitter Fight Club, 2013 edition

It’s that time of year again! Twitter Fight Club kicks off for 2013 and, as with last year’s tournament, I will be one of several judges trying to decipher and adjudicate the coming virtual fracas. For the uninitiated, all the information you need can be found here. My judging criteria will be the same as I used […]

US State Department views on PSCs operating off the Horn of Africa

This is an excerpt from the remarks given by the Assistant Secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Andrew J. Shapiro to the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. on the 27th of March. The full text is available here. The underlined emphasis is mine. Private Sector Another integral part of the response to […]


Twitter Fight Club, that is. Team Security Scholar is heavily involved in this year’s TFC event, with Nat being a part of the steering committee and a competitor, and yours truly as one of the judges for the competition. You can read about my part in the event (and my judging criteria) at my personal […]

The First Rule of Twitter Fight Club…

It’s time for #TFC12, baby! I’ve been invited to be one of several judges for this year’s Twitter Fight Club tournament, so I felt it only fitting to outline what I see as my judging criteria for contestants in my bracket quadrant. 1. Quality of arguments – First and foremost, the quality of arguments will […]

MINDEF addresses National Security & Strategy Workshop 2011

Midway through last November I had the opportunity to attend the 3rd Annual Curtin University National Security & Strategy Workshop. The keynote speaker was the Minister for Defence, the Hon. Stephen Smith MP. He spoke at length on a number of upcoming challenges to the Australian security environment during his presentation, including the AUS-US alliance, and the ADF’s […]

An Industry-Based Approach to Maritime Security in West Africa

by N.R. Jenzen-Jones This piece was written in October 2011. It first appeared in the Journal of International Peace Operations (JIPO) volume 7, number 4. You can find it here.  The sharp rise in piracy in West Africa, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea, has featured prominently in recent news. Piracy as a whole is costing global […]