July 23, 2015 – Senate hearing on the Iran nuclear deal. (Anadolu Agency)


The Iran Deal and the ‘Problem of Conjecture’

July 14, 2015

"The technicalities of the Iran deal—the number of centrifuges, the size of the enriched-uranium stockpile, the rigor of the inspections regime—need not detain us here," writes Niall Ferguson in The Wall Street Journal. "The key question is whether or not slowing down Iran’s nuclear program will increase regional stability."

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"Obama’s Mission in Kenya"

By Emile Simpson, in Foreign Policy

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David Keith discusses solar radiation management on PBS Newshour.

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July 23, 2015

"El Chapo's Escape from Prison: Good for Mexico?"

The National Interest

By Irina A. Chindea, Research Fellow, International Security Program

"By translating this unfortunate episode into significant changes in the way the current administration carries out its rule of law and security policies...the Mexican government can snatch victory from the jaws of defeat."




July 21, 2015

"The Experts Assess the Iran Agreement of 2015"

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"The nuclear deal reached on July 14, 2015 between six world powers and Iran is baffling. It raises many important questions and leaves others unanswered."




July 21 2015

"Crucial Weapons in the Defense of Ukraine"

Wall Street Journal

By Robert B. Zoellick, Non-resident Senior Fellow and Stephen Hadley

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is an assault on the vision that emerged from the end of the Cold War of a Europe whole, free and at peace. For that vision to be realized, the war against Ukraine must end, and its government must be able to offer its people a secure, prosperous and democratic future. If Ukraine—a country of more than 40 million people—becomes a failed state, the turmoil will spill into the European Union and likely fuel future conflict between Russia and the trans-Atlantic community.



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July 20, 2015

"Endangering Israel's Security"

The Jerusalem Post

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"...[T]here is virtually no chance Netanyahu can defeat Obama in Congress. It comes down to 13 Democratic Senators. Who, in the final analysis, is likely to have greater sway over them, the Israeli premier, or the president of the USA? I remember well the dramatic vote on the sale of AWACS to the Saudis in 1981, the last time we directly took on a president (and lost). One of the modern senatorial greats was ardently against the deal until the last, at which time he was convinced by the president's eloquent strategic arguments."



July 17, 2015

"Chattanooga Shootings: Why Were Our Soldiers So Vulnerable?"


By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"Our laws are based around the notion that the military is not an armed entity on U.S. soil unless in times of insurrection or when civic institutions are unable to address a crisis. Every state and city has police for that function, and failing that, would then turn to the National Guard troops, first under the direction of the state's governor."



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