Mark Melton

Mark Melton is the managing editor for Providence and was the journal’s inaugural deputy editor. He earned his master’s degree in international relations from the University of St. Andrews and has focused on political economy, military affairs, and civil conflict, especially in Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East. His bachelor’s degree in foreign language and international trade comes from Mississippi College. Prior to moving to DC, he worked as a political science adjunct professor at community colleges in Mississippi and also taught English in France.

Will the European Union Fail? Economists’ Contrasting Forecasts
Will the European Union Fail? Economists’ Contrasting Forecasts

Debates about whether the European Union will fail have often occurred in intellectual silos. Thankfully, AEI hosted a panel of economists who presented and defended their contrasting forecasts about the EU’s future.

Book Review Bobo Lo Russia & the New World Disorder
Resurrecting Order without Adapting

Bobo Lo’s Russia & the New World Disorder examines how the country’s internal politics and worldview impact its foreign policy choices. A dense and informative work that immensely rewards readers who have the patience to delve deeply, the book also makes the case for why Russia may struggle in the “new world disorder”.

Winter is Coming Book Review Garry Kasparov
Better Bundle Up

Kasparov argues in Winter is Coming that Putin and his kleptocratic government poses serious risks for the world’s democracies as the oligarchs maintain their wealth and power by any means necessary.

Protectionism False Hope Free Trade
False Hope of Protectionism

Over the past year, popular demand to use protectionism to shield workers and companies from cheap foreign products has received more attention. But the focus should be on improving productivity and helping workers transition.

Russian Roulette Book Review
Peacemaking Espionage

Milton’s Russian Roulette tells the captivating history of how British spies prevented the Bolsheviks from spreading revolution.

Assessing the Damage Done after Brexit Vote
Assessing the Damage Done after Brexit Vote

As anyone who has glanced at the news or stock market knows, Britain has voted for Brexit. Here’s a look at some consequences and next steps.

Brexit and Pursuing Sovereignty over Regulations
Brexit & Pursuing Sovereignty over Regulations

If Britain does vote to leave, a driving factor would be a desire to reassert London’s sovereignty, instead of allowing the EU to dictate policies or regulations. Yet there is a risk that the UK would exchange real sovereignty for an imaginary kind.

Soft Power
Soft Power at the Ukrainian Embassy

Whether intentional or not, the Ukrainian embassy’s open house was a clever play at soft power, specifically through attraction.

Eurovision Soft Power Lesson
Eurovision’s Soft Power Lesson

Jamala’s victory at Eurovision, a popular singing competition most Americans have never heard of, offers lessons in soft power.

Superforecasting Book Review
What Does the Fox Think?

In Superforecasting, Tetlock and Gardner argue convincingly that studying how superforecasters think can help other analysts improve their forecasts.