National security

Soldiers line up before leaving to patrol the streets in Bogotá, Colombia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. 

Use the force: Part II

Critical State

Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive this week into what happened when Colombia’s military took on police work in Cali, the country’s third-largest city.

American military personnel wait to greet US Secretary of State Antony Blinken before he boards a plane to travel to Brussels.

Left unresolved: Part I

The tail of a missile sticks out in a residential area in Yahidne, near of Dnipro, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. 

Unmaking modern strategy: Part I

In this Sept. 29, 2021, file photo, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. A new Pentagon plan calls for incorporating the realities of a hotter, harsher Earth at every level in th

Political climate: Part II

Critical State
Woman in orange outfit walks in dry climate with girl in pink dress and boy in beige outfit

NATO agrees to study how climate change impacts global security threats

The Big Fix
An arm with an orange band with black letters spelling out "Police"

‘Our phones are our only weapon’: French citizens demand police reform to address racism


One year after the death of George Floyd sent shockwaves around the world, calls to reform France’s police force have been met with pushback. French police say that they’re afraid, too.

Demonstrators march near the Arch of Triumph during a protest condemning the arrest of rap artist Pablo Hasél in Barcelona, Feb. 22, 2021.

Protesters in Spain say rapper’s arrest is an attack on freedom of expression

Free speech

Over the past week, thousands of protesters rallied in rapper Pablo Hasél’s defense while hundreds of artists — including Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar and actor Javier Bardem — signed petitions calling for his release.

A person walks past a closed restaurant in Paris wearing a face mask.

Happy hour canceled in France under strict coronavirus curfew


To curb the spread of new, highly contagious coronavirus variants found in the UK, South Africa, and Brazil, France has implemented a 6 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew. 

President Donald Trump crosses his arms as he listens during a White House meeting with Hispanic leaders, July 9, 2020, in Washington, DC.

What Trump’s taxes mean for national security

Susan Hennessey, executive editor of the Lawfare blog, said that Donald Trump’s taxes raise serious questions about the president’s debts.

Four white men in suits sit on a panel with a green background

Legislating peace and security: Part II

Critical State

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.”