International Security Ranks #1 in Impact Factor

May 22, 2015

International Security ranked first for Impact Factor in 2014 among 85 journals of international relations ranked in the Journal Citation Reports® released this month by Thomson Reuters. The journal has ranked first nine times since 1996 and has been first or second in the Impact Factor rankings in 10 of the past 11 years.

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"The consequences of Greece’s impending breakdown"

By Lawrence Summers, in The Washington Post

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The Art of Staying Safe In Summer Crowds

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June 26, 2015

"Why Realists Should Celebrate Gay Marriage"

Foreign Policy

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

"As the court made clear, if consenting adults are not free to fall in love with whomever they are drawn to and to express that love openly in the institution of marriage, then they are being denied the full rights that other citizens enjoy and they are not in fact truly free. Today's decision eliminated this obvious contradiction between our ideals and our practices, and it should be celebrated for that reason alone."



June 25, 2015

The Next Great Emerging Market?

By David H. Petraeus, Non-resident Senior Fellow and Paras D. Bhayani

In The Next Great Emerging Market? Capitalizing on North America’s Four Interlocking Revolutions, Gen. (Ret.) David H. Petraeus and Paras D. Bhayani explain why North American market integration and  leadership in energy, manufacturing, life sciences, and information technology could drive substantial economic growth. But they warn that Washington must turn today’s policy headwinds into policy tailwinds to capitalize fully on these trends.



June 2015

Sanctions Against Iran: A Guide to Targets, Terms, and Timetables

By Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

To assist Members of Congress and observers in analyzing these issues and judging a potential comprehensive agreement, the Belfer Center prepared this brief to outline the key facets of sanctions against Iran. Written as an addendum to our April policy brief, ‘Decoding the Iran Nuclear Deal,’ this report is driven by the policy debate’s leading questions.




June 23, 2015

"The Confederate Battle Flag Is an Affront to the United States and its Constitution"

Foreign Policy

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The horrific shooting of nine people as they prayed at a Charleston, South Carolina, church last week, by an avowed racist, has reopened the debate over the propriety of flying the Confederate battle flag across the street from the state capitol in Columbia. For those who work to defend the United States and to enhance its national security, this should be an easy call.




June 23, 2015

"A Saudi Nuclear Weapon?"

By Nawaf Obaid, Visiting Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Now that the Obama administration has largely given up its resistance to Iran’s development of some kind of nuclear program, the Middle East is poised to see a change in the balance of power. As the Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom recently stated, should Iran acquire a nuclear weapon, “all options” could be on the table when it comes to the Saudi response. That could include an indigenous nuclear program. And although some commentators remain skeptical about the Kingdom’s ability to produce nuclear weapons, I would argue that it actually has the will and the ability to do so.



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The spring 2015 issue of the quarterly journal International Security
is now available!

  1. The Next Great Emerging Market?
  2. Avoiding Thucydides’s Trap
  3. Sanctions Against Iran: A Guide to Targets, Terms, and Timetables

"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

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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