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The Computer That Could Rule the World

To understand the power of quantum computing, imagine 1,000 Equifax hacks happening at once.<p>During World War II the federal government launched the Manhattan Project to ensure the U.S. would possess the first atomic bomb. Seventy-five years later, America is in another contest just as vital to …

Quantum Computing

Want to know what motivates Putin? Read Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy

The Washington foreign policy community—actually the entire Western world—is seized with how the U.S. and its allies should respond to Russia’s …

Russia

Psychological Profile of Vladimir Putin | USPP

<b>The Political Personality of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin</b>. Working paper, Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics, January 2017. …

Psychology

The Many Faces of Vladimir Putin: A Political Psychology Profile

In 2000, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, then a relative unknown outside of Russia, visited Japan. Part of his trip included a visit to the …

Russia

The Danger That Lurks Inside Vladimir Putin's Brain

At a joint German-Russian cabinet meeting in Siberia in 2006, German Chancellor Angela Merkel unsuccessfully tried to persuade President Vladimir …

Expelling the Taliban From Qatar Would Be a Grave Mistake

American officials have characterized the Donald Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy as an integrated military, political, and economic …

Afghanistan

Afghanistan and Considerations of Supply

Carl von Clausewitz observed, “There is nothing more common than to find considerations of supply affecting the strategic lines of a campaign and a …

Geopolitics

In Afghanistan, 'strategy-free time'

Trump administration has no easy choices on stalemate teetering toward loss: Our view<p>Defense Secretary James Mattis offered a disturbing assessment Tuesday of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, its longest running war. "We have entered a strategy-free time," he told Congress, sobering words given the …

Afghanistan

Mattis confirms White House has given him authority to set Afghanistan troop levels

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Secretary of Defense James Mattis confirmed Wednesday that President Donald Trump has given him the authority to make decisions about how many US troops are deployed to Afghanistan without first having to get formal agreement from the White House.<p>"At noon yesterday, President …

The White House

Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Adviser to Jimmy Carter, Dies at 89

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the hawkish strategic theorist who was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter in the tumultuous years of the Iran hostage crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the late 1970s, died on Friday at a hospital in Virginia. He was 89.<p>His death, at Inova …

Geopolitics

The Explainer: Hidden Traps in Decision-Making

Art of the Bluff: The Limits of Trump’s Negotiation Strategy

In 1987, the real estate developer Donald J. Trump wanted to buy an airplane. He sensed that the seller of the Boeing 727 was desperate, so he first offered a mere $5 million, “which was obviously ridiculously low,” he wrote in “Art of the Deal.” He boasts of buying the plane, worth $30 million …

Trump Administration

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook’s headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway from the marshy salt flats of Menlo Park, Calif. The Frank Gehry-designed building has a pristine nine-acre rooftop garden, yet much …

Journalism

The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews

A friend of mine once had a curious experience with a job interview. Excited about the possible position, she arrived five minutes early and was immediately ushered into the interview by the receptionist. Following an amicable discussion with a panel of interviewers, she was offered the …

Job Interviews

Knowing When to Pull the Plug

Last year you authorized the expenditure of $500,000 for what you thought was a promising new project for the company. So far, the results have been disappointing. The people running the project say that with an additional $300,000 they can turn things around. Without extra funding, they cry, there …

The 'hot hand' isn't a fallacy — science shows momentum really shapes a game of basketball

It's NCAA basketball tournament season, known for its magical moments and the "March Madness" it can produce. Many fans remember Stephen Curry's superhuman 2008 performance where he led underdog Davidson College to victory while nearly outscoring the entire determined Gonzaga team by himself in the …

Critical Thinking

Ambling Blindly Back Into the Mountains: 5 Hard Questions for the Next Phase of Afghanistan

Gen. John Nicholson, who commands the American-led international military force in Afghanistan, recently made headlines when he called for “a few …

Afghanistan

A Conspiracy Theory’s Journey From Talk Radio to Trump’s Twitter

WASHINGTON — It began at 6 p.m. Thursday as a conspiratorial rant on conservative talk radio: President Barack Obama had used the “instrumentalities of the federal government” to wiretap the Republican seeking to succeed him. This “is the big scandal,” Mark Levin, the host, told his listeners.<p>By …

Donald Trump

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.<p>In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide. They were presented with pairs of suicide notes. In each pair, one note had been composed by a random individual, the other …

Unspoken Legacy: The Perils of Letting Obama Off the Hook for Executive Overreach

Many Americans were fond of Barack Obama. He left office with some of the highest approval ratings of his entire term. On foreign policy, as in most …

Op-Ed: A plea for critical thinking

Provost Dan Myers, Special to the Wire • February 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment<p>Close<p>Close Modal Window<p>Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some …

Higher Education

Calling Bullshit — Syllabus

Calling Bullshit:<br>Data Reasoning in a Digital World<p>Logistics<p><b>Course</b>: INFO 198 / BIOL 106B. University of Washington <b><br>To be offered</b>: Autumn Quarter 2017</b> …

Fake News

Against Normalization: The Lesson of the “Munich Post”

THE TRUMP-HITLER COMPARISON. Is there any comparison? Between the way the campaigns of Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler should have been treated by the …

Why Nobody Cares the President Is Lying

MILWAUKEE — If President Trump’s first tumultuous weeks have done nothing else, at least they have again made us a nation of readers.<p>As Americans grapple with the unreality of the new administration, George Orwell’s “1984” has enjoyed a resurgence of interest, becoming a surprise best seller and an …

Donald Trump

The Simple Psychological Trick to Political Persuasion

Conservatives are more likely to support issues like immigration and Obamacare if the message is “morally reframed” to suit their values.<p>Ever since Donald Trump handed down his executive order temporarily halting all immigration from seven majority-Muslim nations for three months and barring …

Scenes from Ashton Carter’s trip to Afghanistan

THE scene at NATO headquarters in Kabul on December 9th was enough to give President-elect Donald Trump a fit. In a dusty walled garden surrounded by …

Afghanistan