August 24, 2015
The National Interest asked twenty-five of the world’s leading experts, including Belfer Center's Joseph Nye and Graham Allison, for their answers on what the purpose of American power should be.
According to Nye, "military force will remain a crucial component of American power, but it is not sufficient." More ›
Whereas Allison said that the primary purpose should be to "preserve the U.S. as a free nation with our fundamental institutions and values intact." More ›
August 21, 2015
By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program
"...[T]he real problem is that the neoconservative worldview — one that still informs the thinking of many of the groups and individuals who are most vocal in opposing the Iran deal — is fundamentally flawed. Getting Iraq wrong wasn't just an unfortunate miscalculation, it happened because their theories of world politics were dubious and their understanding of how the world works was goofy."
August 20, 2015
By Hui Zhang, Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom
Based on satellite imagery, Chinese publications, and discussions with Chinese experts, this report suggests that China already has much more civilian enrichment capacity than previously thought, and even more is on the way.
August 20, 2015
The National Interest
The other night we had a dream. We dreamed that the negotiations with Iran had produced a comprehensive agreement that not only credibly contained the country’s pursuit of nuclear weapons forever but also effectively checked its regional ambitions.
August 11, 2015
By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy
On this week's episode of "Security Mom," Juliette Kayyem takes a look at how classified information works.
August 14, 2015
Dallas Morning News
By Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project
We have a problem — not a problem from hell, but one that claims to come from heaven. That problem is sometimes called radical, or fundamentalist, Islam, and the self-styled Islamic State is just its latest iteration. But no one really understands it.
In the summer of 2014, Maj. Gen. Michael Nagata, the commander of U.S. special operations forces in the Middle East, admitted as much when talking about the Islamic State. “We do not understand the movement,” he said. “And until we do, we are not going to defeat it.”
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