Sept. 21, 2014 – Avaaz Dir. Ricken Patel (L) delivers a petition to UN SG Ban ki-Moon at the People's Climate March in New York City. The petition calls for 100% clean energy worldwide ahead of this week's UN Climate Summit. (AP)
CLIMATE WEEK NYC
September 23, 2014
As world leaders converge in New York this week for the UN Climate Summit, Robert Stavins cautions that while there are “emerging hints of a positive path ahead,” it is important to look at the “sobering reality” of the situation.
The best hope for progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the catastrophic impacts from climate change, he writes, is “creative politics and leadership” in both the U.S. and China.
September 20, 2014
By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative
"There is little in the Middle Eastern political scene these days more shameful than the sheer incompetence and irresponsibility of both leading Palestinian political groups Hamas and Fateh in moving ahead to implement their national reconciliation government, — a move critical for any real improvements in the lives of Gazans."
September 17, 2014
Former national security advisors from the United States and Israel discussed the latest efforts to halt Iran's nuclear program at the Harvard Kennedy School’s JFK Jr. Forum on September 16. Belfer Center Director Graham Allison moderated a lively conversation between Thomas Donilon, U.S. national security advisor from 2010 to 2013 and currently a senior fellow with the Belfer Center, and Major General (Ret.) Yaakov Amidror, Israeli national security advisor from 2011-2013.
September 16, 2014
By David Ignatius, Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project
Here’s a national-security riddle: How can President Obama provide limited military support on the ground to help “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State without formally violating his pledge not to send U.S. combat troops? The answer may lie in the legal alchemy known as “Title 50.”
September 16, 2014
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
By Ariane Tabatabai, Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
"Most Iranians don't care about the right to enrich. Nor do they care how many centrifuges spin in their country. Most are not able to say how many centrifuges are currently operating, or what they think a reasonable number would be in a comprehensive deal. But many Iranians do feel that their country is being treated differently and unfairly by the international community, led by the West."
September 14, 2014
New York Times
By Niall Ferguson, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
To most Americans, Scotland means golf, whisky and — if they go there — steady drizzle. Even to the millions of Americans whose surnames testify to their Scottish or Scotch-Irish ancestry, the idea that Scotland might be about to become an independent country is baffling.
September 10, 2014
The National Interest
By Andreas Goldthau, Visiting Scholar, The Geopolitics of Energy Project
The crisis in Ukraine is the most severe security challenge in Europe after the Cold War. Energy has featured prominently in public debates surrounding the conflict. Yet, energy-market realities hinder some of the political preferences that currently feature prominently in the hallways of European capital cities. European policy makers should therefore push for separating energy from hard security issues in this conflict.
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