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Our Top 10 Stories of 2017

Words: Laicie Heeley
Pictures: Cristina Gottardi

It’s the end of a year some of us would rather forget — but 2017 will always be a special one for Inkstick.

Since our launch in September, so many of you have reached out to say thank you for a much-needed dose of real talk and human storytelling in a world that can sometimes feel sterile and sad. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished, but as the year comes to a close, we’re reminded that we’ve only just begun. 2018 will bring the launch of our new podcast with PRI, Things That Go Boom, and so much more.

As we celebrate the past and look forward to the future, here’s a look back at the top ten pieces we were honored to run in our very first year:

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10. Why I signed #metoonatsec

Over 200 women in national security signed an open letter on sexual harassment. Maggie Seymour shares why she joined.

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9. Searching for modern heroes in an ancient truce

In the wake of President Trump’s criticism of Colin Kaepernick, Jim Baird writes that we won’t solve the world’s greatest problems by badgering the NFL.

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8. Why the “military option” with North Korea sucks

An evergreen (or not — hey, hey 2018) explainer from Cody Wilson.

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7. Nixon’s drunken run-ins with the bomb

Trump isn’t the only president we’ve worried might misuse the nuclear codes.

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6. The long road to recovery

Jeff Carter explains that the consequences of nuclear weapons production go beyond the blast.

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5. Kissinger is not the solution

Ally Harpootlian shares a shocking discovery hidden within her grandmother’s belongings.

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4. When the police drive tanks

Bishop Garrison talks militarization of the police in his Inkstick column, Article Zero.

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3. A day with Tom Weis

An interview with the designer and RISD professor, who talks about changing the world with design.

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2. A miscommunication and a missing Peugeot

Christian Cooper illustrates what an international misunderstanding can tell us about the US relationship with Iran.

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1. My dinner with Usha Sahay

The managing editor of War on the Rocks talks 9/11, Twitter, and making time for what you love in an interview with Inkstick Editor Laicie Heeley.


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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