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Toward the Next Frontier: The Case for a New Liberal Nationalism,” with Ruy Teixeira, American Affairs, Fall 2020

MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammad bin Salman,” Middle East Policy Journal, Summer 2020

Why America Should Save Iran from Coronavirus,” with Brian Katulis, National Interest, April 19, 2020

Iran may stand down, as Trump says, but cyber and terror attacks are the real threat,” with Brian Katulis, USA Today, January 9, 2020

The United States Still Needs a Syria Strategy,” Foreign Policy, October 15, 2019

Trump’s Space Force Gets the Final Frontier All Wrong,” Foreign Policy, March 20, 2019

Progressive Visions of Space Exploration,” Democracy Journal, December 21, 2018

The New Space Race: Why America Needs a NASA for IT Research,The American Prospect, September 19, 2018

Strikes without Strategy in Syria, Years in the Making,” with Brian Katulis, National Interest, April 16, 2018

NASA’s Human Spaceflight Program Can’t Afford Another Reset From the Next President,” Wired, March 21, 2016

UAE Adopts Assertive Role to Counter Threats, Court Partners,” World Politics Review, July 24, 2015



Taking Advantage of a Pivotal Decade in Outer Space,” October 28, 2020

Putting Diplomacy First: A Strategic Alternative to President Donald Trump’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ Approach on Iran,” with Brian Katulis, March 12, 2020

America Adrift: How the U.S. Foreign Policy Debate Misses What Voters Really Want,” with John Halpin, Brian Katulis, Karl Agne, Jim Gerstein, and Nisha Jain, May 5, 2019

Seizing the Diplomatic Initiative in Syria,” with Brian Katulis, Alexander Bick, and Dan Benaim, July 19, 2018

Strengthening U.S. Options on Iran,” with Brian Katulis, Hardin Lang, Dan Benaim, Yoram Schweitzer, Rudy deLeon, and Alia Awadallah, September 28, 2017

Outgoing NASA Team Leaves Its Successors With Robust Options for Space Exploration,” with Rudy deLeon and Stefanie Merchant, February 9, 2017

Leveraging U.S. Power in the Middle East,” with the Center for American Progress Middle East Team, October 19, 2016

Updating U.S.-Saudi Ties to Reflect the New Realities of Today’s Middle East,” with Brian Katulis, Rudy deLeon, Mokhtar Awad, and John Craig, April 25, 2016

U.S. Middle East Policy at a Time of Regional Fragmentation and Competition,” with Brian Katulis, June 16, 2014