April 1, 2015 – L to R: Robert Malley, John Kerry, and Federica Mogherini during a break outside the Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland. (AP)


What’s at Stake in the Iran Negotiations

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.

– More analysis on the Iranian nuclear challenge at Iran Matters
– Iran's Nuclear Breakout Time: Fact Sheet

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America’s Academies for Jihad

By Ayaan Hirsi Ali, in The Wall Street Journal

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Negotiating on the Frontlines of 21st Century Conflicts

Seminar w/Peter Maurer. April 2, 8:30AM

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April 1, 2015

"Yemen war is debatable, but probably historic"

Agence Global

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."



April-May 2015

"Why Can't Israel Win Wars Any More?"

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

"The Fed Needs to Step Up Its Pace of Rate Increases"

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

"Lee Kuan Yew: The Sage of Asia"


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

A new generation of Saudi leaders - and a new foreign policy

Washington Post

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.



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