Author: Ryan Duffy

A Conversation with Former CIA Director John Brennan

In his time since leaving Langley, John Brennan has continued to be a fixture in the news. He has not gone gently into the night, trading barbs with President Trump and finding himself on the receiving end of more than a few Twitter tirades. Brennan has cast the President as dishonest and unfit for office, while Trump has repeatedly criticized the former CIA chief. The feud culminated two months ago, when the White House announced it was revoking Brennan’s security clearance. As CIA director, Brennan was at the forefront of high-stakes moments in the Obama presidency: the Snowden leaks,...

Read More

Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland: the Campaign to Defeat ISIS

Featured Photo: Callie Richmond On Jan. 30, 2018, the LBJ School of Public Affairs welcomed U.S. Army Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland. His talk was part of the Dean’s Distinguished Leaders Series, which brings the best and brightest of the public world straight to LBJ. MacFarland, a three-star general slated to retire soon, spoke about his time serving at key posts over three decades of leadership in government and the military. Notably, from 2015 to 2016, he was commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the U.S.-led international coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq...

Read More

Spraying the Skies: an Untested Stopgap for Climate Change

Late in July, an off-the-record gathering of experts and academics converged on the Grand Summit Hotel in Newry, Maine to talk climate change. The handpicked coterie of conference-goers did not discuss carbon emissions or unveil next-generation renewable energy tech. Instead, the topic at hand was climate engineering: a sci-fi-sounding, catch-all term that refers to deliberate manipulation of the climate system. Thus far in 2017, a carbon juggernaut walked out of the Paris deal, other countries are struggling to meet their reduction pledges, temperatures continue to climb, and the consequences are mounting. Despite sweeping rhetoric, lofty goals, and multilateral treaties,...

Read More

Quick Jump