Administration Budget Cuts “Too Deep” for Nuclear Security Progress

August 1, 2014

The nuclear security budget cuts proposed by the Obama administration would slow progress toward preventing nuclear terrorism, write Matthew Bunn, Nickolas Roth, and William Tobey in “Cutting Too Deep: The Obama Administration’s Proposals for Nuclear Security Spending Reductions.”

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July 30, 2014

"Solving the Middle East's Refugee Disaster"

The National Interest

By Jill Goldenziel, Research Fellow, International Security Program

"The United States and the UN can't easily fix Syria or Iraq. But assisting refugees today can keep things from getting worse. Policymakers usually view refugees as an economic burden and a security threat to neighboring states. Recent history in Afghanistan, Rwanda and elsewhere has taught us that vulnerable people fleeing conflict are susceptible to recruitment by militant groups. After all, for the desperate, any organization presents an alternative to chaos. Yet refugees are both natural allies and a rich source of human capital for those seeking to build a more stable Middle East."



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July 28, 2014

"Barbarians at the Site"

The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[R]estricting the access, firing guns into the air to prove a point, and looting bodies in some cases, the followers of the so-called Donetsk Peoples Republic in southeastern Ukraine did nothing but heap shame on themselves and indirectly, on their Russian sponsors."



July 25, 2014

How Nicky and Willy Could Have Prevented World War I

Washington Post

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

One hundred years ago this week, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany exchanged a series of telegrams to try to stop the rush to a war that neither of them wanted. They signed their notes “Nicky” and “Willy.”




July 25, 2014

Why Hopes of Putin's Unconditional Surrender Could Prove to Be Futile

Moscow Times

By Simon Saradzhyan, Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

With almost a week past the tragic crashing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine, it is becoming clear that whatever initial hopes Western leaders might have had — that Russia’s Vladimir Putin can be shamed or coerced into unconditionally throwing the pro-Russian rebels under the bus — are futile. There is hope, however, that both the conflicting sides and their supporters will sit down to negotiate a sustainable resolution to the conflict which threatens the foundations of Europe’s already fragile system of collective security.



July 24, 2014

"I'm One of the People Sen. John Walsh Plagiarized from"

Washington Post, PostEverything Blog

By Sean M. Lynn-Jones, Editor, International Security; Series Editor, Belfer Center Studies in International Security

"...[P]lagiarism is fundamentally wrong. Scholars' careers largely depend on receiving credit for their research and publications. Tenure and promotion decisions may hinge on how often a professor's books or articles are cited. So academics are understandably sensitive to the possibility that someone else will claim credit for their research. Students who plagiarize in their research papers may not damage the careers of the scholars they plagiarize, but they are cheating and should be held accountable."



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  1. World War I: Lessons from 1914 for 2014
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