Active Measures is the student-run academic journal of The Institute of World Politics.  Its name refers to a set of influence operations and propaganda — disinformation and deception — used by the Soviet Union to persuade and to have a strategic impact.

An Evaluation of the Economic Espionage Act 18 U.S. Code § 1831

This article was originally published in the Summer 2020 edition of IWP’s student journal, Active Measures.  This paper seeks to examine the technicalities that limit the Economic Espionage Act (EEA) and offer policy recommendations for enhancing its practicality and bolstering its usefulness as a tool to fight economic espionage found to be committed against the United States. The…

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A Review of the Trump Administration’s National Cyber Strategy: Need for Renewal and Rethinking of the Public-Private Partnership in U.S. National Security Policy

This article was originally published in the Summer 2020 edition of IWP’s student journal, Active Measures.  The Trump Administration’s National Cyber Strategy (NCS) was published in 2018 in a rapidly evolving threat environment due to the verification of increasingly sophisticated threats in cyber espionage, cyber physical attacks, and electoral manipulations. The NCS attempts to use a “whole of…

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Motivations of an Ideologue: A Case Study of Cuban Spy Ana Belen Montes

The article below was published in the Spring 2019 edition of Active Measures, IWP’s student journal.  This paper discusses the unique motivations of spy Ana Belen Montes, former military analyst for the DIA who spied on behalf of the Cuban government for over 16 years. The paper highlights the differences between Montes and other notable…

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Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations’ Exploitation of the Sonoran Desert and the Tohono O’odham Nation

The article below was published in the Spring 2019 edition of Active Measures, IWP’s student journal.  This paper will discuss the Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations’ (TCOs) use of the Sonoran Desert in order to smuggle illegal drugs across the United States-Mexico border, specifically between the Tohono O’odham Nation’s portion of the Arizona and Sonora borders.…

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The United States’ Response to Corruption in Afghanistan

The article below was published in the Spring 2018 edition of Active Measures, IWP’s student journal.  This paper offers an analysis of how systemic corruption impacted U.S. nation building efforts in Afghanistan, and briefly overviews how corruption has grown in and impacted Afghan politics since the days of the Soviet invasion. The paper then looks at anti-corruption…

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