Critical State

Civilian decisions in conflict: Part I

Critical State takes a deep dive into one of the most fundamental choices civilians make in wartime: whether to stay in their homes and live under the control of an armed group that has conquered their city — or to abandon their homes and flee to somewhere they hope will be safer.

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The international politics of COVID-19: Part II

The COVID-19 pandemic has often been portrayed as a system-altering shock to international relations. Critical State takes a deep dive into the work of political scientist Daniel Drezner, who predicts that COVID-19 will result in a greater entrenchment of existing international power structures.

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Legislating peace and security: Part II

This week, Critical State digs into new research about legislative oversight when it comes to security issues. As historian Peter Roady writes in a new article in the Journal of Policy History, the National Security Agency has escaped congressional oversight with two words: "It's classified."