October 01, 2015 – The training camp of Suqour al-Jabal Brigades is destroyed in the alleged Russian airstrikes in Idlib, Syria.


Conflict Escalation

September 28, 2015

This week, Russia launched deadly airstrikes in Syria against sites that Pentagon officials say target rebel groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, not the Islamic State, as Russia maintains.

The Harvard Gazette spoke with Kevin Ryan about Russia’s move into Syria, how the United States is likely to react, and how this development will affect U.S.-Russia relations.

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"The Iran Nuclear Negotiations"

Discussion w/Wendy Sherman, moderated by David Sanger. Oct. 6, 6PM

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September 30, 2015

"U.S. and Russia Share a Vital Interest in Countering Terrorism"

By Simon Saradzhyan, Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Simon Saradzhyan testified before the U.S. House of Representatives' Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Subcommittee Hearing on "The Threat of Islamist Extremism in Russia," on September 30, 2015. 

In his testimony, Saradzhyan asked: "Can the United States and Russia cooperate against the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other international terrorist organizations, even though the bilateral relationship has deteriorated in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine? My answer is they can and they will if they act in their best interest."




October 1, 2015

"The Second Kick of a Mule in Afghanistan"

The Boston Globe

By Andrew Gawthorpe, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program

"Whatever military victories were won by international forces during their time in Iraq and Afghanistan, the only true test of success in these wars is the long-term durability of their pro-Western regimes. But in both countries, these regimes are withering under the insurgent challenge and morphing into something quite unlike what their patrons intended."



September 30, 2015

"'Chess Is the Way We Establish Mastery Over the West'"

The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"With exquisite timing, just before his speech at the United Nations, Putin announced on 27 September that he had put together a consortium of intelligence-sharing powers on the Syrian situation: Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria."



September 29, 2015

Kissinger: Volume 1: The Idealist, 1923-1968

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

Few figures provoke as much passionate disagreement as Henry Kissinger. Equally revered and reviled, his work as an academic, national security adviser, diplomat, and strategic thinker indelibly shaped America’s role in the 20th century. Kissinger’s counsel knew few boundaries: His advice was sought by every president from Kennedy to Obama. Yet the man and his ideas remain the object of profound misunderstanding.

Drawing on 50 archives around the world, including Kissinger’s private papers, this book by Niall Ferguson, Kissinger: Volume 1: The Idealist, 1923-1968, argues that America’s most controversial statesman, and the cold war history he witnessed and shaped, must be seen in a new light.


<em>International Security</em>

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

  1. Thucydides Trap Case File
  2. Thucydides Trap Project
  3. Strategic Engineered Migration as a Weapon of War

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