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Emerson T. Brooking

Emerson T. Brooking is a Resident Fellow at the Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Atlantic Council. He is coauthor of LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media.

What We Learned in the DNI’s New Election Report

The newly released assessment is more complex and comprehensive than its 2017 predecessor, reflecting just how much the issue of foreign interference has evolved.


Americans Were Worried About the Wrong Threat

Despite considerable hype about foreign interference, the greatest danger to American democracy is domestic.


The Head of US Intelligence Has Ceased to Be an Honest Broker

The result has been grave damage to U.S. counterintelligence and electoral security efforts.


What Taylor Swift Teaches Us About Online War

What is “real” has become what is real online.


War Goes Viral

How social media is being weaponized across the world.


The Pentagon's War Budget Won't Be Easy To Roll Back

Congress has too many reasons to keep overseas contingency operations funding as it is.


Are the Chinese Failing To Equip Their Infantry?

Beijing is paying considerably more attention to platform and weapons development than it is to how well it outfits its individual soldiers. By Lauren Dickey and Emerson Brooking


In Foreign Policy Debates Ahead, Look to Echoes of 2006

The 2006 midterm elections were a disaster for Bush, but also a chance to shake things up. Will 2014 follow the same script? By Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking


More Than 6,000 Afghan Interpreters Are Stuck in Bureaucratic Limbo

Unless lawmakers act soon, the U.S. program to get Afghan translators to safety will end on Dec. 31. By Emerson Brooking and Janine Davidson


The Campaign Against ISIL Could Cost $1.5B a Month

Key questions remain concerning targets, transitions and how to fund a sustained campaign against ISIL. By Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking


At the NATO Summit, Afghanistan Takes a Back Seat

As the war in Iraq showed, the durability of NATO’s commitment to Afghanistan must not be overshadowed by crises in Europe or elsewhere. By Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking