Oct. 14, 2014 – President Obama Meets Foreign Chiefs of Defense to Discuss ISIL Strategy at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. (AP)




October 16, 2014

Challenges China faces for its future

By Kevin Rudd, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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



(AP Photo/Eric Garst, U.S. Navy)

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."




October 14, 2014

"As a Political Schmoozer, Not Good; As a Military Commander, Not Bad"

The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[F]aced with the sudden ISIS capture of Mosul and its threatening march toward Baghdad, President Obama acted swiftly and decisively, assembly a coalition of moderate Sunni states against Isis and naming a respected ex-military officer, Gen. John Allen, to oversee the campaign. Much of Obama's legacy as a President will depend on the outcome of this war against ISIS."



October 13, 2014

"Does it Matter if Iran Developed Nuclear Weapons at Parchin?"

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Ariane Tabatabai, Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

"Last week, an explosion at the Iranian military complex known as Parchin drew even more attention to the site, already one of the most contentious in the country's nuclear dossier. Since satellite imagery of the October 5 blast surfaced on the Internet, it has been pored over by non-proliferation experts and provoked ill-informed analysis by Iran hawks."



Cristina Fletes-Boutte

October 9, 2014

Ferguson, Human Rights and America's Interests Abroad


By Moshik Temkin, Faculty Affiliate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

For many Americans, the recent events in Ferguson raised disturbing questions. But not all Americans were equally disturbed, or disturbed by the same things. Surveys and polls conducted since Darren Wilson, a white police officer, shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, reveal a stark divide between whites and blacks. Whereas a clear majority of African-Americans consider the conduct of the police outrageous and typical, most white Americans were far more critical of the disorder that followed Brown’s death. Fox News and its ilk dwelled on “looters” rather than on the sources of African-American alienation. Americans seem to be stuck in an endless repetition of 1968, the year that many African-American communities erupted in anger after the murder of Martin Luther King Jr., and many white Americans responded fearfully to that anger and protest by voting for Richard Nixon.



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October 4, 2014

"How to Assess Fragmenting Arab States"

Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

One of the most significant common factors that has exploded throughout the Arab World in recent years has been the birth and spread of non-state actors — organizations, parties, militias — that have assumed the role of traditional governments in many countries. These non-state actors do not follow a single pattern of behavior, but they do highlight a common trend across much of the Arab World — the continuing fragmentation of once whole states into a patchwork of armed groups that operate within the borders of once sovereign countries.



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