Oct. 14, 2014 – President Obama Meets Foreign Chiefs of Defense to Discuss ISIL Strategy at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. (AP)




October 2014

Harvard-Tsinghua Workshop on Market Mechanisms to Achieve a Low-Carbon Future for China

The Harvard-Tsinghua Workshop on Market Mechanisms to Achieve a Low-Carbon Future for China explored both the opportunities and challenges for market-oriented climate, technology, and water resources policy in China. The workshop convened prominent members of the academic and policy communities from China, the United States, and Europe at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, on June 3-4, 2014.



(AP Photo/Eric Garst, U.S. Navy)

October 15, 2014

"The Case for a War Tax"


By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

Politico Magazine, in an article titled “Is America's Military Too Small for Obama's New War on Terror?” asked a dozen top military thinkers whether the United States needs a new defense budget to fight Obama’s new war on terror? And if so, what should that new budget look like—where should the Pentagon cut, and where should it add?

Graham Allison responded to Politico in commentary titled "The Case for a War Tax."




October 14, 2014

"As a Political Schmoozer, Not Good; As a Military Commander, Not Bad"

The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[F]aced with the sudden ISIS capture of Mosul and its threatening march toward Baghdad, President Obama acted swiftly and decisively, assembly a coalition of moderate Sunni states against Isis and naming a respected ex-military officer, Gen. John Allen, to oversee the campaign. Much of Obama's legacy as a President will depend on the outcome of this war against ISIS."



October 13, 2014

"Does it Matter if Iran Developed Nuclear Weapons at Parchin?"

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Ariane Tabatabai, Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

"Last week, an explosion at the Iranian military complex known as Parchin drew even more attention to the site, already one of the most contentious in the country's nuclear dossier. Since satellite imagery of the October 5 blast surfaced on the Internet, it has been pored over by non-proliferation experts and provoked ill-informed analysis by Iran hawks."



Martha Stewart

October 10, 2014

Calestous Juma Honored with Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize

On Friday, October 10, Calestous Juma, professor of the practice of international development and director of the Belfer Center's Science, Technology, and Globalization Project, was awarded the coveted Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize (LAAP) during a ceremony in the Akwa Ibom State in Uyo, Nigeria.



Associated Press

October 10, 2014

"Can Iran and the United States Make a Meaningful Deal?"

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

It appears increasingly likely there will not be a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear program by the late-November deadline, says nuclear expert Gary Samore. Washington and Tehran, he says, remain too far apart on how large Iran's enrichment program should be, but they are interested in working out an extension of talks.



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<em>International Security</em>

The Summer 2014 issue of the quarterly journal International Security
is now available!

  1. Why the United States Should Spread Democracy
  2. Targeting Top Terrorists: How Leadership Decapitation Contributes to Counterterrorism
  3. Defining NATO's Purpose

"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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