Jan. 27, 2015 – A memorial plaque at a Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, after the official remembrance ceremony. (AP)


Remembering Auschwitz

January 26, 2015

Seventy years ago this week, the Red Army liberated the Auschwitz death camp. Hitler’s crimes at Auschwitz and other death camps are so enormous that they risk becoming a numbing abstraction unless we recall during this Holocaust Remembrance Week the distinct stories of each victim and each survivor.

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Why Saudis Are Holding Strong on Oil

By Meghan O'Sullivan, in Bloomberg View

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Belfer Center Named Top University Affiliated Think Tank for 2014

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January 23, 2015

"If Only We'd Just Spent More Blood and Treasure in Yemen"

Foreign Policy

By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program

"...[W]e have a terrorism problem in part because the United States has been repeatedly interfering in the greater Middle East, and not always for the right reasons or with much skill or effectiveness. We aren't going to reduce that problem by doubling down on the policies that helped produce it in the first place, and especially when even our well-intentioned interventions seem to make things worse instead of better."



January 22, 2015

Gates Foundation, Calestous Juma Bet on Huge Progress in African Agriculture

Coinciding with the conclusion of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, Bill and Melinda Gates talk about their “big bets” for the next 15 years in their Annual Letter this year. Among the questions they ask: How do we feed Africa, and ultimately the world? Their big bet is that Africa will feed itself and will be on the way to helping feed the world by 2030.

Calestous Juma, who heads the Belfer Center’s Agricultural Innovation in Africa project, supported by the Gates Foundation, agrees with the Gates’ bet. In his 2011 book The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa, he provides details on how Africa can feed itself in a generation. Here, he answers questions about what is needed for Africa to make huge strides in agriculture in the next 15 years.



January 22, 2015

"Rebuilding U.S.-Russian Nuclear Security Cooperation"

Nuclear Security Matters

By Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom

"As the Boston Globe reported Monday, Russia has put a stop, for now, to most U.S.-Russian nuclear security cooperation.  Russian, U.S., and world security will be in more danger as a result.  But some small pieces of cooperation continue – and with creativity and effort, it may be possible to rebuild a robust nuclear security dialogue of equals, rather than a donor-recipient relationship..."



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Janaury 22, 2015

"A 'Big Bang' in Israeli Politics?"

American Interest

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"The need for major reforms in the areas of health, education, housing, and even national security strategy are common to many countries, but the ability of Israel's governmental system to deliver these public goods is increasingly in question."



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  1. Why Saudis Are Holding Strong on Oil
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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.

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"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