Recent Commentary and Media

I believe in the benefits of government affairs being informed by history— that policy-makers can be assisted in their decision-making by understanding historical analogies, similarities, and differences. Working with the Applied History Project at Harvard’s Kennedy School, which engages public policy with history, I write commentary, and contribute to broadcast programs, which bring historical perspectives to present-day intelligence and national security affairs.

Podcasts and Radio

“Russian Interference in Elections” Dan Snow’s History Hit (November 1 2018)

“Disinformation: A User’s Guide” Archive on Four BBC Radio 4 (March 17 2018)

“The KGB: Secrets and Lies” The Forum BBC World Service (March 28 2017)

“Out in the Cold” BBC Radio 4 Document (July 14 2015)


Print and Digital Commentary

“Russia has a long history of eliminating ‘enemies of the state’” Washington Post (March 13)

Trump, Nunes and the Politicisation of Intelligence” Prospect (Feb 7 2018)

“Coat Bomb and Explosive Prosthesis: British Intel Files Reveal How the Zionist Stern Gang Terrorized London” Haaretz (Dec 2 2017) also found around paywall here

“Dreaming spies: the inside story of the KGB at Oxford” Prospect (Dec 1 2017)

“The unbelievable story of how the CIA helped to foil a Russian spy ring in London” Politico (Nov 27 2017)

“Has Trump just experienced the beginning of Watergate 2.0?” Prospect (Nov 1 2017)

“‘Lies, Plain and Simple’: How James Comey Became Trump’s Meddlesome Priest” Prospect (June 9 2017)

“The Manchester Attack Revealed Crucial Differences in How the British and American Press Operate” Prospect (May 30 2017)

“That Time the Soviets Bugged Congress, and Other Spy Tales” Politico (May 22 2017)

“America’s Leaker-in-chief: Trump and Russia” Prospect (May 19 2017)

“Trump Risks Making Stalin’s Disastrous Mistake On Intelligence Analysis” Huffington Post (May 4 2017)

“Spies, Lies and Wiretaps” Prospect (March 27 2017)

“Michael Flynn’s Downfall: The Russia House” Prospect (January 16 2017)

“Is Trump’s Rage at US Intelligence Unprecedented?” Prospect (January 12 2017)

“Why Obama Was Smart to Kick Out Russian Spies” Politico (January 7 2017)

“‘Active Measures’: A History of Russian Interference in US Elections” Prospect (December 23 2016)


Interview Commentary

My research is quoted in the Washington Post and The Atlantic about the March 2018 chemical nerve agent attack in Britain and subsequent expulsion of Russian diplomatic staff from UK.


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