A Mirage 2000 fighter from the United Arab Emirates flies over the Middle East (flickr/RA.AZ).


The Giant Al Qaeda Defeat No One Is Talking About

May 3, 2016

The United Arab Emirates just delivered a major blow to the most lethal Al Qaeda group on the planet—Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Michael Morell explains in PoliticoMore

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Michael Morell: ISIS Will Strike America More ›

The Real Threat of Militant Islamic Extremism More ›


Inside the Middle East

Dennis Ross discusses U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East.

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A New Nuclear World Order

Olli Heinonen on nuclear safety, security and safeguards.

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Pete Souza, White House

April 25, 2016

"Alexander and Charles"

The Boston Globe

By Niall Ferguson, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

“You like tomayto, and I like tomahto,” crooned Fred Astaire to Ginger Rogers in the 1937 caper “Shall We Dance.’’

The routine begins with an argument about the pronunciation not of “tomato” but of “either.” Also at issue are the words “neither,” “pyjamas,” “laughter,” “after,” “Havana,” “banana,” and “oysters.” As a middle-class Scotsman who has spent roughly half his adult life in the United States, I no longer have any idea what the “right” way to pronounce these words is.

But imagine all those words being uttered by Her Majesty the Queen. And then imagine them coming from the mouth of President Barack Obama. Never mind hearing them — merely to see the two heads of state together is to be reminded how very different the United Kingdom and the United States are.



U.S. Army

April 21, 2016

"Veterans Deserve Universities' Loyalty"

USA Today

By David H. Petraeus, Non-resident Senior Fellow and C.L. Max Nikias

Millions of Americans have served in the U.S. military and returned to civilian life since our nation was attacked on 9/11. Many more will join them in the years ahead. By 2019, America’s post-9/11 veterans population will exceed three million people.

Our nation owes an enormous debt to these new veterans. Indeed, they have earned recognition as America’s “New Greatest Generation.” And our universities need to support them to the fullest extent possible, including through the Yellow Ribbon Program, which removes financial barriers that often stand in the way.



April 15, 2016

"Larry Summers Reflects"

Harvard Magazine

By Lawrence Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor

THE DECADE since Lawrence H. Summers departed Massachusetts Hall, the former Harvard president, now Eliot University Professor, took a sabbatical; resumed teaching; joined President Barack Obama’s administration to help secure recovery from the recession; and then re-engaged as a teacher, economics scholar, and participant in high-level policy discussions around the globe. Harvard Magazine visited Summers at his Kennedy School office for a reflective conversation about these activities and some of the ideas that interest him now.



April 11, 2016

War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft

By Robert D. Blackwill, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Jennifer M. Harris

In an analysis of why the United States is losing ground as a world power and what it can do to reverse the trend, War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft by Robert D. Blackwill and Jennifer M. Harris describes the statecraft of geoeconomics: the use of economic instruments to achieve geopolitical goals.


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