Ken Jensen Articles

What Is and Isn't 'The Iran Project'?

9:35 AM, Jul 20, 2015

In the wake of the Iran deal, a letter to President Obama congratulating him appeared online.

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Oberlin College Choir Takes Christina Hoff Sommers's Side

9:04 AM, May 26, 2015

At last, a little good news from the academy. Oberlin College has a sense of humor -- or at least its choir does. I don’t know that the subversive (by Oberlin standards!) song they've perormed has a title, but it might well be “Please Don’t Put Me In the Real World.”

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Cybersecurity as Arms Control?

2:55 PM, Jul 17, 2014

What to do about cyber attacks from state actors and their surrogates?  For the State Department and DHS it would seem that the answer is now the courts and international negotiation. Hints of this came recently with the indictment of 5 Chinese military personnel for hacking. An utterly futile gesture as the Chinese are not about to extradite the 5 to stand trial, it bespeaks reliance on legal remedies that are, at best, only a matter of public shaming.  Now, however, there is new evidence regarding the U.S. intent to negotiate on cyber with state actors like China, Russia, and Iran.

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John Kerry Repudiates the Monroe Doctrine

4:10 PM, Nov 19, 2013

Just when you were getting used to U.S. withdrawal from the Middle East, here comes our formal withdrawal from the Western Hemisphere. Yesterday, November 18, Secretary of State Kerry repudiated the Monroe Doctrine in a speech to the Inter-American Dialogue.  Here's what he said:

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The Great Game

4:04 PM, Nov 15, 2013

The cartoon above is from the Great Game era in Central Asia, when the British and Russians were in a contest for places like Afghanistan and Iran. It's strongly (perhaps perversely) suggestive given current events.

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Cybersecurity: U.S. Noisy But Still Supine

9:32 AM, Jun 03, 2013

Over the past few weeks things cyber have blown up in our faces once again. While some of the media noticed, the gist of the reporting was on who was doing what to us now, not the growing scandal of our essentially supine reaction to it.

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Cybersecurity: Still at the ‘ Closing the Barn Door After the Horse Has Bolted’ Stage

12:21 PM, May 13, 2013

On May 6, the media was full of warnings about an immediately pending cyberattack called “OpUSA.” Homeland Security said “The attacks will likely result in limited disruptions and mostly consistent of nuisance-level attacks against publicly accessible web pages and possibly data exploitation.”

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Islamist Recruitment and Muslim Engagement

2:06 PM, May 06, 2013

My memories of the 1960s and '70s are vague by choice, but I seem to recall that there was a legitimate popular concern back then about quasi-religious cult recruitment of youth. Almost immediately, there was a reaction to it known as “deprogramming.”

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My Cousins, the Syphaxes

A very American story.
Apr 15, 2013


I was charmed by Lee Smith’s “Dreams from My Mother” Casual a few issues back. The main delight was learning that Smith was a multiethnic “mutt” like myself and most of the rest of Americans whose families have been here more than a generation or two.

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Hezbollah Spreads

7:25 AM, Mar 16, 2013

Are we watching Hezbollah closely enough these days? Probably not. Given events in Syria and the Balkans, it appears that we’re in for a whole new set of problems to be presented by Iran’s favorite proxy.

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What to Do About Cybersecurity?

9:07 AM, Mar 08, 2013

Since the hacking of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, etc., and the Mandiant revelations about China’s PLA Unit 61398, the media and Internet have exploded with talk of our reaching a “tipping point” in cybersecurity (or not, depending on the point of view). We’re, in fact, long past the “tipping point”: what Mandiant had to say about Chinese hacking was actually old news to those who follow things cyber.

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