March 23, 2015
Can the West trust Iran? Can Iran trust the West? Payam Mohseni and David Sanger discuss the bet each side is making in the nuclear talks, along with the challenges and risks that they face.
Seminar w/Peter Maurer. April 2, 8:30AM
April 1, 2015
By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative
"Analysts and ideologues will long, actively and inconclusively debate the actual reasons and possible consequences of the Saudi Arabian-led war in Yemen, until the passage of a meaningful period of time — usually a few generations or so around here — allows us to note in retrospect the actual consequences of state actions."
Survival, issue 2, volume 57
By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program
With its basic security against non-nuclear threats now essentially ensured, Israel should develop a greater ability to live with the pain inflicted by Hizbullah, Hamas and others like them.
March 31, 2015
Wall Street Journal
By Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University
The Federal Reserve now faces the tough task of unwinding the easy-money policy that has helped bring about the current solid economic upturn. But its projected path for increasing the short-term federal-funds rate over the next few years is dangerously slow. Most members of the Federal Open Market Committee want the real interest rate to be negative at the end of 2015 and approximately zero at the end of 2016. Only in 2017 would the real fed-funds rate even exceed 1%.
March 28, 2015
By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School
The death of Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore, is an occasion for reflection. Lee, who died Monday, was more than just his country's founding father. He did not just raise a poor, notoriously corrupt port city from the bottom rungs of the Third World to a modern First World state (with clean streets and clean government) in a single generation. He was also one of only two true grand masters of international strategy in the last half century (Henry Kissinger being the other), and a wise counselor to the leaders of the world. (NOTE: This commentary was published by Caixin in Chinese. This is a Belfer Center English translation.)
March 26, 2015
By Nawaf Obaid, Visiting Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Just two months after the passing of King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia’s extensive intervention in Yemen on Thursday should serve notice to the world that a major generational shift underway in the kingdom is sure to have far-reaching geopolitical ramifications.
The winter 2014 issue of the quarterly journal International Security
is now available!
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