In every case, I cut across the political, economic, and legal issues (counter-terrorism is the easiest illustration). I am inter-disciplinary by training (from hard sciences to history to social science) and experience (formally in policy science, political science, management science, and interdisciplinary international/global studies).
I am a social scientist by training and choice, and I oppose the slide of the disciplinary social sciences away from science. I practice and teach evidence-based research, replicability, logical arguments, critical thinking, and testable theories.
I am an applied researcher by choice. I do not care for abstract theorizing or subjective opinions, only for applied evidence-based research that is useful in the field.