December 5, 2013
The new issue of the Belfer Center newsletter features recent and upcoming activities, research, and analysis by members of the Belfer Center community on critical global issues.
December 5, 2013
The Belfer Center has launched Iran Matters, a new website of the best analysis and facts on the Iranian nuclear challenge.
The site includes original contributions from in-house experts as well as curated selections of the best work from scholars and practitioners around the world.
November 20, 2013
Christian Science Monitor
By Payam Mohseni, Research Fellow, International Security Program
"...[S]anctions played a part in changing Iran's behavior, but not because they forced Iran to return to the negotiation table out of fear of economic collapse. Rather, sanctions contributed to a transformation of the balance of power within the Iranian political system that had been already underway since 2009 — prior to the enactment of the current sanctions regime. Sanctions helped pave the way for a Rouhani victory in the 2013 presidential elections..."
November 21, 2013
By Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
Like many Americans alive on November 22, 1963, Professor Nicholas Burns recalls vividly the day that President Kennedy was assasinated. In this piece, he reflects on Kennedy's legacy and the lessons we can learn from how he played the role he loved best — his stewardship of American foreign policy at the very height of the Cold War.
November 8, 2013
By Melissa Hathaway, Senior Advisor, Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age
The Cyber Readiness Index (CRI) examines thirty-five countries that have embraced ICT and the Internet and compares their maturity and commitment to protecting those investments using an initial objective assessment of where countries stand in cyber security in five areas.
November 13, 2013
By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
A paper presented at The 12th Republic of Korea-United Nations Joint Conference on Disarmament and Non-proliferation Issues, Non-Proliferation Regime in the 21st Century: Challenges and the Way Forward, Jeju, Republic of Korea 14-15 November 2013.
November 12, 2013
Representatives from 195 nations are in Warsaw for a meeting that is expected to lay the groundwork for the next international climate agreement. Kennedy School climate policy expert Robert Stavins, who is in attendance, described it as an important step in the process. "... to me, success depends on whether we're making progress, as opposed to 'solving the problem,' " he said.
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"At the end of the day, the obligation of the U.S. government is to defend first and, until we get that right, we shouldn't be running around attacking other people.”
Richard A. Clarke, Belfer Center faculty affiliate, on cyber wars