A family in Mongolia uses a solar panel to generate power for their ger, a traditional Mongolian tent (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe).


Making Technological Innovation Work for Sustainable Development

August 23, 2016

To be effective, sustainable development requires technological innovation, but the current rules and incentives shaping innovation systems need to be changed to allow this to happen. A new article discusses why current innovation systems fall short, what needs to change, and several proposals for initiating such change. More ›


The Future of the World

Stephen Walt outlines three possible paths.

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Russia Doesn't Want War With Ukraine (Yet)

Simon Saradzhyan in The National Interest.

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September 2016

"Why the President Needs a Council of Historians"

The Atlantic

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School and Niall Ferguson, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

We urge the next president to establish a White House Council of Historical Advisers. Historians made similar recommendations to Presidents Carter and Reagan during their administrations, but nothing ever came of these proposals. Operationally, the Council of Historical Advisers would mirror the Council of Economic Advisers, established after World War II. A chair and two additional members would be appointed by the president to full-time positions, and respond to assignments from him or her. They would be supported by a small professional staff and would be part of the Executive Office of the President.



August 4, 2016

American Nuclear Diplomacy

By Daniel Poneman, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

In this report, American Nuclear Diplomacy: Forging a New Consensus to Fight Climate Change and Weapons Proliferation, Former Deputy Secretary of Energy and Belfer Center Senior Fellow Daniel Poneman writes that we face two existential threats: nuclear annihilation and catastrophic climate change. Each, he says, stems from human origins. Both must be fought aggressively.

"Multiple studies confirm the grim truth that, even if all nations fulfill their Paris Climate Agreement emissions pledges, the world will still far overshoot the 2°C warming limit scientists say we must not exceed to prevent devastating climate impacts. Carbon-free nuclear energy can help close the gap. But can we expand its environmental benefits without increasing the risks of nuclear terror?"

Poneman outlines a diplomatic strategy and tough-minded, bipartisan policies to get us there.



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August 7, 2016

"The progressive case for championing pro-growth policies"

Financial Times

By Lawrence Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor

Issues of inequality, fairness, middle-class living standards and job creation have been central to the US presidential campaign.

Rightly so.

For many years, the incomes of all groups tended to move together. Indeed, as a graduate student in the late 1970s, I was taught that it was a “stylised fact” that the shares of US total income going to profits and to wages, and to the rich and to the poor, was constant.

All of this has changed. It is totally appropriate that widening inequality and the associated stalling of middle-class living standards should become an urgent political issue.




Summer 2016

"The Origins of Transnational Alliances: Rulers, Rebels, and Political Survival in the Congo Wars"

International Security, issue 1, volume 41

By Henning Tamm

Alliances between local combatants and neighboring rulers played a crucial role in the Congo Wars. Yet the transnational dimensions of the conflicts remain understudied. Case studies reveal that the rulers of Angola, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda, and Zimbabwe intervened in Congo to secure their own political survival. They forged alliances to thwart domestic rebels supported by foreign rulers or to gain access to resources that could ensure the loyalty of domestic elites.


<em>International Security</em>

The summer 2016 issue of the quarterly journal International Security
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