Secretary of State John Kerry chats with Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman at Andrews Air Force Base on September 3, 2015 (State Department).


Inside the Turmoil of Change in Saudi Arabia

February 12, 2016

Karen Elliott House: Not since the 1960s has a prince his age had the power of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.  More ›


– Nawaf Obaid: A New Generation of Saudi Leaders More ›

– David Ignatius: The House of Saud's Costly Blunders More ›


Five Truths About Terrorism

Joeseph Nye in Today's Zaman.

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What Putin Is Really up to in Syria

Russia positions itself as the region's new powerbroker.

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January 19, 2016

Iran Nuclear Deal Implementation Day: A Belfer Center Expert Round-Up

The Iran nuclear deal was officially implemented on Saturday, as Iran successfully fulfilled its initial key nuclear commitments and the international community relieved major sanctions, including unfreezing about $100 billion of Iranian money. Implementation Day was met with applause from deal supporters in the U.S. and Iran, while critics have raised questions about whether Iran will adhere to its requirements and how it will flex its newfound economic power. Also in recent days, the U.S. and Iran agreed to a prisoner swap that led to the freedom of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and others, and negotiated the release of American sailors detained in Iran. What does the arrival of Implementation Day mean for Iran’s nuclear program and nuclear nonproliferation, and how does it bode for the future of U.S.-Iran relations? We asked Belfer Center experts to weigh in on these and related questions.

January 26, 2016

"The world is getting better. Why don’t we believe it?"

Washington Post

By Ali Wyne, Former Research Assistant, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

It would seem entirely reasonable to conclude that the world has taken several turns for the worse since President George H.W. Bush delivered his famous “new world order” address. The United Nations estimates that more than 250,000 people have perished in Syria’s civil war, and another million or so have been injured. With vast swathes of the Middle East collapsing, the Islamic State continues to wreak havoc, increasingly inspiring and coordinating attacks outside the region.



Fall/Winter 2015-16

"Welcome Mr. Secretary"

Belfer Center Newsletter

The Belfer Center hosted Secretary of State John Kerry in October for a discussion of diplomacy and challenges in critical hotspots around the globe.

Center Director Graham Allison asked Secretary Kerry about his concerns and plans related to Iran, Syria, Russia, and the Islamic State. The overflow event included questions from the more than 500 Harvard students and faculty in attendance.




January 20, 2016

"Diplomacy and Sanctions, Yes. Left Unspoken on Iran? Sabotage."

The New York Times

By David E. Sanger, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

WASHINGTON — President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have a simple explanation for their surprising success in getting Iran to dismantle much of its nuclear infrastructure, ship out 98 percent of its nuclear fuel and release five American prisoners: Patient diplomacy, backed by escalating economic sanctions, accomplished more than military action ever could have.


<em>International Security</em>

The winter 2015/16 issue of the quarterly journal International Security
is now available

  1. Why the United States Should Spread Democracy
  2. Strategic Engineered Migration as a Weapon of War
  3. Education, Research, and Innovation in Africa: Forging Strategic Linkages for Economic Transformation

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