Unwinding the Iran Sanctions Regime

March 23, 2015

As diplomats strive to reach an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program by June 30th, sanctions have emerged as a core disagreement. Which ones will be relieved, and under what conditions? Can they be snapped back if Iran cheats?

Addendum Here ›


North America: The Next Great Emerging Market?

March 23, 2015

Despite pessimism in global markets, David Petraeus and Paras Bhayani see cause for optimism in North America. They identify four technological revolutions that could unleash substantial economic growth in coming decades.

See Petraeus's and Bhayani's related op-eds in Foreign Policy and CNN.

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June 24, 2015

"Lessons Learned from Past WMD Negotiations"

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

Belfer Center Director Graham Allison testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on "Lessons Learned from Past WMD Negotiations" to inform assessment of a comprehensive nuclear deal that will prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.




June 24, 2015

"Lessons Learned from Past Negotiations to Prevent Nuclear Proliferation"

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

Senior Fellow William Tobey testified before the Senate Foreign Relations committee discussing the history of past negotiations to prevent nuclear proliferation.




June 23, 2015

"A Saudi Nuclear Weapon?"


By Nawaf Obaid, Visiting Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Now that the Obama administration has largely given up its resistance to Iran’s development of some kind of nuclear program, the Middle East is poised to see a change in the balance of power. As the Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom recently stated, should Iran acquire a nuclear weapon, “all options” could be on the table when it comes to the Saudi response. That could include an indigenous nuclear program. And although some commentators remain skeptical about the Kingdom’s ability to produce nuclear weapons, I would argue that it actually has the will and the ability to do so.




June 19, 2015

"The Rise of two Asias"

The Straits Times

By Kevin Rudd, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Chinese political, economic and foreign policy influence in Asia will continue to grow significantly, while China will also become a more active participant in the reform of the global rules-based order.

A core geopolitical fact emerging is that we are now seeing the rise of what (analyst) Evan Feigenbaum has described as "two Asias": an "economic Asia" that is increasingly dominated by China; and a "security Asia" that remains dominated by the United States.



June 16, 2015

Security of the Arctic

By Pinar Akcayoz De Neve, Research Assistant, Environment and Natural Resources Program, Adam Heal and Henry Lee, Director, Environment and Natural Resources Program

This April, the United States assumed the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. The Belfer Center Environment and Natural Resources Program is releasing a series of policy briefs on the issues relating to the Arctic. This brief, focusing on security issues, is the first in this series.



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The spring 2015 issue of the quarterly journal International Security
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  1. The Next Great Emerging Market?
  2. Sanctions Against Iran: A Guide to Targets, Terms, and Timetables
  3. Lessons Learned from Past WMD Negotiations

"The closer we get to the end game, the more incentive he has to stretch it out."

Gary Samore, on the delayed disarmament process in Syria

The Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International affairs has been ranked the world's top University Affiliated Think Tank for 2014.

The annual ranking were issued by University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. More Info ›