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Introducing Critical State

Your weekly foreign policy fix from Inkstick and The World.

Words: Laicie Heeley

If you’re anything like us, we’re betting your inbox is tired of racking up newsletters that feature the same old voices and the same old security news. Critical State is your weekly fix of foreign policy without all the stuff you don’t need — top news and accessible analysis for those who want an inside take without all the insider bs.

You’ll get reporting, perspectives, context, history and voices you need to understand a world that too often feels defined by crisis. Features like “Midnight Oil” give an insider’s perspective on critical issues; and “Diving Deep” takes you beyond the headlines to examine a story in the kind of detail that is increasingly rare in a sound-bite world.

Oh, and if you only have 30 seconds? We’ll give you the one thing you should read right up front.

Critical State is tracking down the international issues that may just keep you up at night and finding the global villains and heroes that are the stuff of B-movies. All delivered to your inbox every Monday for the price of an email.

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Laicie Heeley

Editor in Chief

Laicie Heeley is the founding CEO of Inkstick Media, where she serves as Editor in Chief of the foreign policy magazine Inkstick and Executive Producer and Host of the PRX- and Inkstick-produced podcast, Things That Go Boom. Heeley’s reporting has appeared on public radio stations across America and the BBC, where she’s explored global security issues including domestic terrorism, disinformation, nuclear weapons, and climate change. Prior to launching Inkstick, Heeley was a Fellow with the Stimson Center’s Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program and Policy Director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. Her publications include work on sanctions, diplomacy, and nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, along with the first full accounting of US counterterrorism spending after 9/11.


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