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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Publishing Note: "Reforming the Republic of Turkey: Erdoğan’s Power Project"

My latest peer reviewed, academic piece at Strife Blog is now out:  "Reforming the Republic of Turkey: Erdoğan’s Power Project."
After the military-led July 2016 coup attempt failed to overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in July 2016, a counter-coup effort was initiated by Erdogan to remove any alleged co-conspirators from power. At the time, Erdoğan’s retaliation was expected but the initial response was still overblown, with structurally damaging and problematic consequences to both civil society and the international theatre. In the months following, Erdoğan has undertaken a massive effort that appears to target any enemies – real, perceived, or invented – who stand in opposition to his goals to reform the country. In a continued state of emergency, with expanded national security powers, and with more than 125,000 Turks already removed or suspended from their positions within the military or government, the counter-coup cleanup has clearly exceeded external expectations as the country moves toward autocracy.
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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Publishing Note: "Safety, Security, and Society in the New Space Age: Exploring the Enforcement Structures and Concerns of Postplanetary Humanity"

My latest peer reviewed article is now out in ahead-of-print at New Space:  "Safety, Security, and Society in the New Space Age: Exploring the Enforcement Structures and Concerns of Postplanetary Humanity."  A print edition should be coming in early 2017.

The article, available with free/open online access through the end of 2016, reviews the issues of an increasingly complicated space environment involving both military and civilian interests, and concludes with the introduction of a framework to address security, law enforcement, and military concerns:
With a seemingly resurgent public interest in the exploration and utilization of space (and its many recent successes), the increasing likelihood of regular manned spaceflight, the general commercialization of space, the privatization of spaceflight, a reformed curiosity in planetary defense, and the nascent militarization of space, the issues of operations, exploration, and safety in space—particularly in the various Earth orbits—are now more pressing than ever before. How space is used, by whom, and in accordance with what conventions, treaties, or pragmatic considerations are now very important topics for consideration, particularly as orbital debris now poses a very serious threat to satellites and space-faring humans alike. Although often considered a fanciful notion without merit and well within the realm of science fiction, the time has come to seriously consider addressing a growing need of modernity: safety, security, and society in the new space age.
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Publishing Note: "Assessing the Role of Nuclear Weapons in the 1950s and 1960s as Escalatory Peacemaking Devices"

My first paper as a postgraduate student in the Department of War Studies at King's College London ("Assessing the Role of Nuclear Weapons in the 1950s and 1960s as Escalatory Peacemaking Devices") is now out and available on or as a regular PDF file:
As World War II came to a close in 1945, a successor conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union appeared increasingly inevitable. Over the course of the mid- and late-twentieth century, the world’s only two superpowers engaged with each other through a number of proxy conflicts -- never in actual open conflict -- until the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. This Cold War became infamous, both contemporaneously and historically, for the development, testing, brief usage, strategizing, and politicization of nuclear weapons; however, the principles of a peculiar nuclear-based peace are often unexplored. It is important, therefore, to understand and acknowledge that nuclear weapons did more than push the world to the very edge of global human catastrophe: they also ensured that the world’s strongest states avoided open conflict. This avoidance of open conflict produced a particularly agitated and escalatory, but permanent, form of peace between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Go check it out, on or as a PDF!