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Jacob Parakilas

Jacob Parakilas

Jacob Parakilas is an author, consultant, and analyst working on U.S. foreign policy and international security.

He has over a decade’s professional experience spanning think tanks, NGOs, the U.S. government, and academia. He started his career in 2007 working on student visa issues for the U.S. government before returning to academia and earning a Ph.D. at the London School of Economics. From 2014 until 2019 he was the deputy head of the U.S. and the Americas Programme at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, where his job was to explain the key issues in U.S. foreign and domestic policy to non-American audiences. Jacob is currently based in Lagos, Nigeria, and is also an Associate with LSE IDEAS.

Posts by Jacob Parakilas
October 15, 2021

Why Do Armed Robot Dogs Make Us Uncomfortable?

By Jacob Parakilas
Is it the function of an armed robot dog that raises eyebrows, or its form?

October 08, 2021

Alfred Nobel, Technology, and the End of War

By Jacob Parakilas
The namesake of the famous prize believed that more destructive weapons would make war unthinkable. Few people believe that anymore – but we have new delusions to contend with.
September 17, 2021

The Strategic Symbolism of Australia’s Nuclear Subs

By Jacob Parakilas
Australia’s announcement that it will be building nuclear-powered submarines with American and British help will take years to pay military dividends, but the strategic impacts start immediately.

September 09, 2021

Will Lasers Change War?

By Jacob Parakilas
The first iterations of laser weapons will most likely serve to preserve the existing hierarchy of battlefield weapons. But as they grow more sophisticated, they may come to have the opposite effect.

September 04, 2021

Will a ‘Digital Military’ Change War?

By Jacob Parakilas
The U.S. Space Force claims that it is in the process of delivering a “digital military branch.” Is it a contradiction in terms?

August 30, 2021

Are the Taliban’s Captured Weapons Any Use?

By Jacob Parakilas
The Taliban’s blitz to power in Afghanistan has left them in possession of a veritable arsenal of U.S. weaponry intended for the defunct government. Are captured weapons a strategic game-changer?
August 13, 2021

What Does National Security Mean in a +2 Celsius World?

By Jacob Parakilas
The new U.N. climate report confirms that significantly higher global temperatures are now a near-term certainty. National security planning needs to take a warmer, less stable world into account.

August 06, 2021

The China-US Arms Trade Arms Race

By Jacob Parakilas
For all its military technology advances, China remains far behind the U.S. in arms exports. The example of Nigeria helps explain why.

July 28, 2021

Emergency Fighters and National Resilience

By Jacob Parakilas
Complex, expensive high-end military hardware might prove impossible to replace quickly enough during a major conventional war. It's time to revisit the idea of building simpler, cheaper emergency replacements.

July 16, 2021

Going Big Might Not Bring Back the Age of the Airship

By Jacob Parakilas
A mysterious giant hangar in China has, once again, revived dreams of lighter-than-air craft.

July 08, 2021

Donald Rumsfeld, Technical Innovation, and the Scarcity Mindset

By Jacob Parakilas
A more expensive weapon is not necessarily a more useful weapon; and a more useful weapon is not necessarily the decisive factor in a conflict.
June 25, 2021

Is There Anything New Under the Technological Sun?

By Jacob Parakilas
Even categories of military technology that seem novel, like UAVs, are actually refinements of previous forms, rather than a wholly new innovation.

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