A sign greeting travelers arriving at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, the site of a deadly terrorist attack on June 28, 2016 (Photolanda/Landahlauts).


After Istanbul: Turkey Shows Solidarity on Fighting Terrorism

June 30, 2016

"This terrible attack could mark a change if it brings Turkey more firmly into the camp fighting the Islamic State — a battle in which it has sometimes been a passive observer," writes David Ignatius in The Washington PostMore ›

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Infrastructure Cooperation in the Middle East

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Britain's Declaration of Independence from Reality

Emile Simpson in Foreign Policy.

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June 7, 2016


By Kurt M. Campbell, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

This book is about a necessary course correction for American diplomacy, commercial engagement, and military innovation during a time of unrelenting and largely unrewarding conflict. While the United States has intensified its focus on the Asia-Pacific arena relative to previous administrations, much more remains to be done.

THE PIVOT is about that future. It explores how the United States should construct a strategy that will position it to maneuver across the East and offers a clarion call for cunning, dexterity, and ingenuity in the period ahead for American statecraft in the Asia-Pacific region.



White House

July/August 2016

"The Case for Offshore Balancing: A Superior U.S. Grand Strategy"

Foreign Affairs

By John J. Mearsheimer, Editorial Board Member, Quarterly Journal: International Security and Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program

"For nearly a century, in short, offshore balancing prevented the emergence of dangerous regional hegemons and pre­served a global balance of power that enhanced American security. Tellingly, when U.S. policymakers deviated from that strategy—as they did in Vietnam, where the United States had no vital interests—the result was a costly failure."



Summer 2016

From the Director

Belfer Center Newsletter

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

What is the most serious danger facing the world today?

Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Mohamed ElBaradei, and Dick Cheney all give the same answer: nuclear terrorism. If terrorists succeed in exploding a nuclear weapon in New York, Boston, or London, the other issues we care about will not matter much.

In 2009, President Obama proposed an ambitious agenda to address this danger. Among the steps he called for was a Global Summit on Nuclear Security. Seven years and four summits later, including the final one this spring in Washington, we can take stock of progress—and the Belfer Center’s role in helping conceive and sustain it. Policy impact is rarely a simple case of cause and effect.



(Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

June 7, 2016

"Midnight in Moscow"

By Torrey Taussig and Kevin Ryan, Director, Defense and Intelligence Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

A quarter-century after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, authoritarianism is staging a comeback. Nowhere is this trend more evident than in Russia, where Putin is progressing from consolidating power within Russia’s borders to projecting power beyond them. In response, the world continues to watch and react.

Later this month, members of the European Union will decide whether to renew sanctions against Russia in response to Putin’s continued aggression in eastern Ukraine. In July, NATO will convene in Warsaw for its annual summit to determine the most effective steps to take in the face of an encroaching Russia. What is not likely to be discussed in these deliberations, however, are the political conditions within Russia that are influencing Putin's actions abroad.


<em>International Security</em>

The spring 2016 issue of the quarterly journal International Security
is now available

  1. Why the United States Should Spread Democracy
  2. Ideal Qualities of a Successful Diplomat
  3. The Collapse of the Liberal World Order

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