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Our Top 10 Stories of 2018

Words: Laicie Heeley
Pictures: Brina Blum

As we count down the last days of the year, we just want to say thank you to each and every one of you — whether you’ve written for us, read us, listened to our show, or just sent a good vibe or two our way.

2018 was a good one. We did our part to elevate some amazing new voices, celebrated our one-year anniversary, and had some early success that exceeded even our wildest expectations.

You’ve made it all possible. So stay tuned — because there’s so much more to come, and we can’t wait to share.

Here’s a look back at some of the most popular stories we published this year:

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10. Congress Went Bigly on the Budget

“You get an F-35! And you get an F-35! Everyone gets an F-35!” Stephen Miles breaks down Congress’ deal to increase Pentagon spending.

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9. Let’s Resolve to Add More Women of Color in National Security

Bishop Garrison delivers a call to action.

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8. What to Wear to a Nuclear War

“Stilettos burn slightly slower than fabric, and are an excellent way to go out with a bang.” Jamie Withorne offers up a searing satire on the impacts of nuclear war.

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7. Haitians South of the Border: A Tale of Two Cities

Johanna Mendelson Forman details the lives of Haitian immigrants on the border between the US and Mexico.

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6. John McCain: My Hero and the Man I Knew

Rob Levinson’s moving tribute to John McCain.

5. A Walk With Alex Bell

Inkstick editor Laicie Heeley sits down with the inimitable Alex Bell.

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4. Clickbait and Charts to Nowhere

Peter Marino and Milena Rodban have some harsh words for purveyors of political risk.

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3. National Security Experts Helped Hand Trump His Travel Ban

Loren DeJonge Schulman says that national security experts must bear some of the responsibility for creating an opaque, exclusive environment that ultimately led the courts to uphold the Trump administration’s travel ban.

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2. Losing Middle Ground: The Forgotten Side of the Nuclear Debate

Kate Hewitt argues that “We have lost civilized dialogue in the nuclear community on nuclear weapons.”

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1. Stop Trying to Make Swagger Happen

Alex Bell explains why Secretary Pompeo’s #swagger campaign missed the mark in a big, big way.

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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