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Welcome to the personal website of Emerson T. Brooking, home of Interesting Times, a blog about policy, technology, and life in the 21st century.

Recent Posts:

What the Web Used To Be

I know for a fact that the internet was smaller back then, but it felt like there was much more to it.

Upon Whom to Place the Blame

As #NeverTrump dies with a whimper, woebegone partisans will soon turn to recrimination, asking themselves just how it all went wrong.

White Poverty

Since leaving the South, I've struggled to reconcile my childhood with the presumed "white experience" that drives so many of today's conversations about race.

A Brief History of Too Much Violence

It was the image of a 7-year-old trauma victim, still strapped in his airplane seat after a 30,000 foot fall, which made me quit my work for the night and go outside to gulp breaths of cold, crisp air.

Op-Ed Arrogance

I have always wondered what it felt like in Washington, DC in late 2002 and early 2003, as the U.S. military gathered like a storm on the Iraq-Kuwaiti border and the pro-war drum beat reached a fever pitch.

Eisenhower and History

"My first reading love was ancient history. At an early age, I developed an interest in the human record and I became particularly fond of Greek and Roman accounts. These subjects were so engrossing that I frequently was guilty of neglecting all others."

Additionally, you can find a collection of all my published works. My writing has been featured in Foreign PolicyPopular Science, and Defense One.

Recent Publications:

War Goes Viral

Social media has altered the nature of war. The viral propaganda of the self-declared Islamic State, Russian disinformation campaigns, and Chinese cyber-nationalism are all indications of a more fundamental shift in conflict—a revolution that threatens to catch U.S. policymakers and social media companies off guard. With P.W. Singer. (The Atlantic)

Terror on Twitter

Feature article detailing the online operations of the Islamic State and the diverse set of actors who seek to stop them. Also explores the nature of effective viral propaganda and the exploitation of communication platforms by terror groups through history. With P.W. Singer. (Popular Science)

Anonymous vs. the Islamic State

Feature investigation of the colorful coalition of hacktivists, many former members of Anonymous, who have pooled their resources to drive the Islamic State off the internet. (Foreign Policy)

Six Questions That Should Now Guide U.S. Defense Planning in Syria and Iraq

Consideration of complications for U.S. defense planning in Syria following commencement of Russian air strikes and expansion of Russian ground presence in the region. (Defense in Depth, Council on Foreign Relations)

When Should the 9/11 War End?

Reflection on the fourteenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Argues that the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force must be revisited and revised. (Defense in Depth, Council on Foreign Relations)

“Ghost Fleet:” A Vision of White-Knuckle Warfare in the Information Age

Review of "Ghost Fleet," a futuristic thriller by P.W. Singer and August Cole. (Defense in Depth, Council on Foreign Relations)

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