Oct. 21, 2014 – A luxury shopping mall in Beijing, China. (AP)


Challenges China Faces for its Future

October 23, 2014

Beijing's political, economic, and foreign policy over the next decade is fundamental not only to China itself but also the wider Asia-Pacific region and — increasingly — the world beyond.

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October 21, 2014

"Why There Won't be an Occupy Beijing"

The Diplomat

By Patricia M. Kim, Research Fellow, International Security Program

"Despite widespread dissatisfaction with censorship and official corruption, a lack of a voice in politics, and surprisingly high unemployment rates among university graduates in recent years, students in mainland China today are unlikely to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors and their contemporaries in Hong Kong and Taiwan. This is because since 1989, Beijing's leaders have clamped down on any discussion of democratic reforms and have presented a united front on the supremacy of Party rule."




October 20, 2014

"How the international safeguards regime can benefit from efforts to enhance the identification method used for UF6 cylinders"

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Improvements to the current methods used by nuclear industry to track and  identify uranium hexafluoride (UF6) cylinders would benefit International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards, nuclear inspectorates, and regulatory authorities, as well as facility operators. A move towards a standardized UF6 cylinder identifier is gaining momentum within industry. A National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) team has analyzed how a cylinder identification and monitoring system could be useful to IAEA safeguards and has also engaged industry stakeholders to seek feedback on concepts related to unique cylinder identification and monitoring. While industry initiative is central to developing a system for identifying UF6 cylinders, the IAEA has been monitoring the maturation of identification/tracking technologies in support of possible safeguards use at facilities at the front end of the nuclear fuel cycle.



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October 18, 2014

"New Hare-brained American Ideas in the Mideast"

Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Analysts in the United States this week are debating the precise meaning of the statements Wednesday by John Allen, the ex-Marine general who now coordinates the U.S.-led coalition’s response to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He said that the United States is not coordinating with the Free Syrian Army, and instead plans to develop from scratch new local ground units in Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS on two fronts."



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October 16, 2014

"Uncle Sucker to the Rescue"

Foreign Policy

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

"Instead of pouring good money (and possibly U.S. lives) down that particular rat hole, I'd like to see the people who are most directly affected start fighting this one for themselves. Unless the Turks, Jordanians, Kurds, and other Iraqis are willing to get their acts together to contain these vicious extremists, even a protracted and costly U.S. effort will amount to little."



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October 15, 2014

"The Case for a War Tax"


By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

Politico Magazine, in an article titled “Is America's Military Too Small for Obama's New War on Terror?” asked a dozen top military thinkers whether the United States needs a new defense budget to fight Obama’s new war on terror? And if so, what should that new budget look like—where should the Pentagon cut, and where should it add?

Graham Allison responded to Politico in commentary titled "The Case for a War Tax."



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