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Hyperinflation in Venezuela

September 23, 2018

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Written by Brecken Denler Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro has a new economic plan which he calls “a really impressive magic formula.”[i]  Hyperinflation has hit the country hard, and the solutions Maduro proposes include a 3,000% increase in the minimum wage, a new commodity-based cryptocurrency,[ii] cutting any number of zeros from off of the currency,[iii] and […]

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Iran’s Regional and Global Footprint

September 23, 2018

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Written by Steven Tibbitts Iran has significantly increased its efforts to expand its influence and sway across the Middle East, in locations as diverse as Iraq, Syria, and Morocco. It has followed a shrewd strategy of realpolitik that adjusts to constantly shifting politics in the region. One of the main drivers for the recent period […]

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Russian Hybrid Warfare

September 16, 2018

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Written by Marren Haneberg On March 17, 2014, Russia invaded and annexed Crimea. During the Russian invasion, local residents noted the presence of troops wearing unmarked green uniforms. These troops’ unclear origins and uniform color earned them the moniker “little green men.” Eventually their weapons revealed their Russian origins, which Putin confirmed in April 2014 […]

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Iranian Expansion

September 15, 2018

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Written by Steven Tibbitts   Iran is currently embarked on a campaign to extend both its territorial control and its ideological influence across the Middle East. Historically, post-1979 Iranian expansionism has roots in the ideology of the Islamic Revolution, nuances in official Iranian interpretation of Shia Islam, and Iranian security concerns. In 1979, massive protests […]

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Cyber Threats to the United States

September 15, 2018

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Written by Tanner Nelson   Cyber warfare[1] is the most dangerous threat America faces today.[2] The U.S. Government has identified three major cyber threats to the American way of life: China, Russia, and Iran.[3] These nations have consistently attacked American industry, threatening the United States’ economic security. These attacks are occurring on a daily basis […]

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