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Michael Shtender-Auerbach
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MICHAEL AUERBACH is a senior vice president at ASG, where he primarily specializes in working with financial services clients and in special projects which provide strategic intelligence, advisory, and risk management services.

Mr. Auerbach previously served as a vice president at Control Risks, a global risk consultancy. A dot-com bubble veteran, Mr. Auerbach started his career in technology, running Panopticon Inc. – a VC incubator concentrating on Internet and mobile technology.

Mr. Auerbach held senior positions at the Center for American Progress and The Century Foundation, where he concentrated on issues related to U.S. foreign policy, national security, and conflict resolution. His work has been published in a variety of national and international publications. He has also served as a visiting professor at the New School for Social Research, and has taught at the University of Cape Town and Cyprus College.

Mr. Auerbach is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a national security fellow at the Truman National Security Project, and sits on the board of the Theodore C. Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice.

Through his role as General Partner of Subversive Capital, Mr. Auerbach holds board director seats at numerous start-up companies, with a focus on disruptive companies which face regulatory challenges.

A passionate advocate of red-teaming in both the private and public sectors, Mr. Auerbach has served as an advisor to the Wargaming departments of both Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and the RAND Corporation.

Mr. Auerbach received a M.A. in international relations from Columbia University, and a B.A. in critical theory from the NewSchool for Social Research.

Mr. Auerbach is based in New York City.

Entries by Michael Shtender-Auerbach

What America's Lost Since Challenger

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 4:38 PM

It was January 28th, 1986, and I was ten years old. My fellow elementary school students and I had gathered proudly in the auditorium, eager to watch a teacher fly into space. She had plans to teach two fifteen minute classes from orbit, and millions of students all over America...

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Ten Trends That Will Define the Geopolitical Agenda in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 12:00 AM

A challenging but promising year lies ahead in 2016.

On the one hand, a series of crises are poised to deepen: Foreign aid to developing countries is drying up; mass migration, including refugee resettlement, is pushing Europe to the brink; independence movements within Europe are gaining strength; post-World War II...

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Predatory Prosecution: The Government Couldn't Hold Wall Street Accountable, So They Harassed Innocent Chinese-Americans Instead

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 4:27 PM

The trial of Abacus Federal Savings Bank is finally over, and the verdict is "not guilty" on all counts. This outcome should be a tremendous relief to advocates of Wall Street accountability, and the fact that the case got as far as it did should be an extraordinary...

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Reality Check: The US Does Have Leverage

(1) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 1:31 PM

"It's reality check time," Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday as he challenged Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to "take constructive steps" and "move forward." But as the Israelis and Palestinians take their "reality check," Secretary Kerry and his team should do the same, especially regarding what leverage the United...

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Defining the Endgame of the Peace Process

(34) Comments | Posted January 12, 2014 | 3:45 PM

Following Secretary of State John Kerry's tenth visit in a year to Jerusalem and Ramallah, speculation is again rife over the state of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Kerry held separate, marathon discussions with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, but the parties appear united only in their reluctance...

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A President's Right to Choose

(30) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 3:39 PM

Fifty years ago, in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis, President John F. Kennedy's speechwriter and adviser Ted Sorensen wrote that no matter who the president is, "the same basic forces and factors will repeatedly shape [the president's] decisions." That observation was a preamble to Mr. Sorensen's...

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The Top 5 Socio-Political Business Risks for 2010

(5) Comments | Posted January 13, 2010 | 9:30 AM

If 2008 saw the worst financial crisis since the 1930s, 2009 couldn't end fast enough. The question now is - what will 2010 bring?

We witnessed some encouraging signs of recovery in 2009. The United States inaugurated a President who vowed to bring "change," repair a fractured global (and domestic)...

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Twittercraft: Foreign Policy by Other Means

(1) Comments | Posted July 6, 2009 | 1:19 PM

Much has been made in the last month of Twitter's unexpected role in Iran's ongoing political upheaval. The social-networking tool became the de facto method of communication among those protesting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's questionable re-election, in the process earning widespread accolade for giving voice to the people.

Twitter's enabling role in...

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Hardware Risk: China Targets PC Manufacturers

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2009 | 1:37 PM

The Chinese censorship authorities have a new target - PC manufacturers. By the end of June '09, China wants all personal computer manufacturers, including US-based Dell, HP, and Apple, to install censorship software prior to sale in China. The software called 'Green Dam,' developed by the Chinese military, is...

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The Cartographic Crux of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

(14) Comments | Posted June 1, 2009 | 10:05 PM

Maps are incredibly powerful instruments. In addition to conveying geographical information, maps, ab aeterno, manifest political, philosophical, actual and imagined snapshots of time. And nowhere on Earth is the meaning of maps more powerful and more controversial than in the Middle East, particularly when it comes to Israel and its...

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What's Made in Israel Should Live in Israel

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2009 | 5:41 AM

Tel Aviv: With the ascension of Avigdor Lieberman to foreign minister of Israel, the term "facts on the ground" will take on a whole new meaning. Lieberman's rise, to many, is the logical extension of Israel's self-destructive policies vis-a-vis the ongoing occupation. Not only does Lieberman support the illegal occupied...

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Hertz's One State Solution: Netanyahu's Rent-a-Car Ally

(34) Comments | Posted March 4, 2009 | 8:59 AM

Israelis are fond of pointing out that in the Arab world, maps regularly deny the existence of the State of Israel, referring only to an entity called Palestine, which stretches from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River. But Arabs are not the only ones who deny the existence of the...

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2009: Top Ten Business Social Risks

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2009 | 3:12 PM

The year 2008 saw the worst financial crisis since the 1930s. Global stock exchanges, housing markets, banks have collapsed and the cost of fuel, feed, and food have risen greatly. We have seen unprecedented nationalization of entire industries by free-market governments. Yes, from homeowners to workers to bankers, 2008 was...

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Corporate Responsibility and the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

(3) Comments | Posted December 10, 2008 | 6:00 PM

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At the time this foundational document was adopted by the General Assembly in 1948, the political climate was a bipolar, strong-state era of post-war rebuilding and diplomacy. The Declaration was viewed as a compact between governments...
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