Heeley is the founder and editor of the foreign policy magazine Inkstick and the CEO of Inkstick Media. She is also a Fellow with The Stimson Center and a Partner with the Truman National Security Project. Heeley's work has appeared in well-known newspapers, journals, and periodicals including Foreign Policy and The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Associated Press, and she has appeared as an expert on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.
Heeley is also the creator of the lifestyle brands Holson House and A Thousand Threads. Her successful dinner series Field + Foundry, a collaboration with the Microsoft search engine Bing, brought together influencers with a combined social media reach of over 1.6 million followers in an effort to build creative community in the policy-driven bubble of Washington, DC.
Could great power competition lead the US down a path to nuclear war? Listen to the latest episode of the Things That Go Boom podcast, a co-production of PRX and InkStick Media.
War is getting sneakier. And mercenaries could be changing war in ways that the US might not be prepared for.
Conflict & Justice
If the US can’t take care of itself in times of major crisis, how exactly is it supposed to “beat” China in global competition?
The US spends billions and billions of dollars on defense, but the novel coronavirus slipped silently and invisibly across US borders and even onto military aircraft carriers. One could say the US was preparing for World War III when it got hammered by World War C — the coronavirus.
Sanctions on Iran have squeezed the economy since the 1970s, and since US President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal, they have been ratcheting up. Some Iranians are ready to cut and run but others are waiting out the economic storm.
Think tanks with nonprofit status aren't required to say much of anything when it comes to the source of their funding — whether it be billionaires or foreign governments. That can become a problem when such organizations significantly influence foreign policy — such as the Iran nuclear deal — without disclosing to whom they are financially beholden.
Diplomacy is often awkward, stymied by translators, late nights and unsecured yurt communication (yes, that really happened). But diplomacy can also stop a war, as years of secret and not-so-secret negotiations between the US and Iran proved when the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was reached in 2015.
It's been a year since the US pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal ad some experts warn that the threat of a worldwide meltdown is the worst its been since the darkest, most dangerous days of the Cold War.
From Nevada to the Navajo Nation and on to the islands of the Pacific, certain communities have been asked to shoulder a disproportionate share of the cost to build and maintain nuclear weapons.
On Monday, President Donald Trump named Russia and China as top rivals. But Laicie Heeley, host of PRI's new podcast "Things that go boom" says the speech was sometimes inconsistent with the written National Security Strategy document submitted to Congress by his advisors.