April 22, 2015 – Barack Obama at the Everglades National Park in Homestead, Florida, where he spoke on Earth Day about the threat that climate change poses to the economy and the world. (Joe Raedle/Getty)


How Much Attention Does Climate Change Warrant?

April 10, 2015

David Keith on why climate policy isn’t going very far, the merits of solar geoengineering, and the power of social movements.

Innovation to Tackle Climate Change Must Be Socially Responsible
What Can an Economist Possibly Have to Say about Climate Change?

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Report of the Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation

New vision for DOE's nonproliferation efforts.

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March 23, 2015

"Will Fed Tightening Choke Emerging Markets?"

Project Syndicate

By Jeffrey Frankel, James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth

CAMBRIDGE – As the Federal Reserve moves closer to initiating one of the most long-awaited and widely predicted periods of rising short-term interest rates in the United States, many are asking how emerging markets will be affected. Indeed, the question has been asked at least since May 2013, when then-Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke famously announced that quantitative easing would be “tapered” later that year, causing long-term US interest rates to rise and prompting a reversal of capital flows to emerging markets.




April 19, 2015

"The Challenge of Russia's Decline"

The Korea Times

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"...Russia seems doomed to continue its decline ― an outcome that should be no cause for celebration in the West. States in decline ― think of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1914 ― tend to become less risk-averse and thus much more dangerous. In any case, a thriving Russia has more to offer the international community in the long run."



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April 19, 2015

How to Avert a Nuclear War

The New York Times

By General James Cartwright, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

We find ourselves in an increasingly risky strategic environment. The Ukrainian crisis has threatened the stability of relations between Russia and the West, including the nuclear dimension — as became apparent last month when it was reported that Russian defense officials had advised President Vladimir V. Putin to consider placing Russia’s nuclear arsenal on alert during last year’s crisis in Crimea.



April 19, 2015

"What Really Kept Boston Strong"


By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

"The quick decisions to move runners off Boylston Street, the ability of police officers to seal the large crime zone and to utilize the military to do so, the pivot of public health officials from tending to blisters and dehydration to forming makeshift triage centers. It is worth remembering that not a single person of the hundreds who were transported to hospitals died; the three fatalities occurred at the bombing site only."



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April 16, 2015

America and China are rivals with a common cause

Financial Times

By Kevin Rudd, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

When China’s economic output eventually surpasses America’s some time in the next decade, it will be the first time since the reign of George III that the world’s largest economy belongs to a country that is not western, not English-speaking and not a liberal democratic state. Yet, in the asymmetric world that is emerging, the US will remain the dominant military force. The fulcrums of economic and military power are separating. Can these changes in the distribution of power occur peacefully?



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