Nov. 24, 2013 – John Kerry, P5+1 foreign ministers, and Iranian FM Javad Zarif, center, listen as EU High Rep. Catherine Ashton speaks after negotiations about Iran's nuclear capabilities concluded. (State Department)
April 17, 2014
Although the de-escalation of Iran’s nuclear program and the Joint Plan of Action are generally associated with the election of Hassan Rouhani, writes Tytti Erästö, these developments cannot be fully understood without taking into account the simultaneous changes on the Western side.
In this article, Erästö shows that each side was reaching a critical point in a learning process around the time of Rouhani's victory.
Ed Davis and Juliette Kayyem on last year's Boston Marathon tragedy.
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Lecture by Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, the Ambassador of India to the US. April 17, 4:30PM.
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April 15, 2014
By Ed Davis and Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy (on Leave)
"For government to function effectively in the future, it must commit to changes in how we assess information. The primary focus should be on more comprehensive training for public employees on how to gather and most effectively access the information they need. Often there are antiquated and bureaucratic barriers to information sharing that serve no purpose and hinder the capacity of government to interpret different pieces of data from different sources."
April 11, 2014
By Robert B. Zoellick, Non-resident Senior Fellow
Robert Zoellick, senior fellow with Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and former head of the World Bank, spoke to a crowd of about 150 as part of the Harvard University Center for the Environment’s (HUCE) “China 2035: Energy, Climate, Development” lecture series. As reported in the Harvard Gazette, “HUCE Director Daniel Schrag, the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and professor of environmental science and engineering, introduced the event, saying that it’s important to understand China because it looms so large on the world stage.”
April 8, 2014
Wall Street Journal
By David H. Petraeus, Non-resident Senior Fellow and Michael O'Hanlon
With an enthusiastic election turnout on Saturday, the Afghan people took a major step toward electing a new president—a crucial step for a young democracy seeking to demonstrate that it can peacefully pass power from one leader to another. This will be a first for Afghanistan, a country where most transitions have been violent. But we need to be patient and realistic as we watch and support this process as it plays out over the spring and summer.
April 10, 2014
By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
"...Obama's declaration that Russia is a regional power acting out of weakness, no less than Russia's suspension from the G-8, may have hit Putin where he is most vulnerable. His actions in Ukraine have undoubtedly brought Russia tangible gains in the short term. But they also imply less obvious costs. It remains to be seen whether Putin's bold move was worth it."
April 9, 2014
By David H. Petraeus, Non-resident Senior Fellow and Vance Serchuk
Advocates of the effort to reach a negotiated settlement with Iran over its illicit nuclear activities have emphasized the benefits an agreement could bring by peacefully and verifiably barring Tehran from developing nuclear weapons. Skeptics, meanwhile, have warned of the risks of a “bad deal,” under which Iran’s capabilities are not sufficiently rolled back.
Largely absent from the debate, however, has been a fuller consideration of the strategic implications a nuclear agreement could have on the U.S. position in the Middle East.
April 10, 2014
By Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
Recent ethnic Russian demonstrations in Eastern Ukraine and fistfights in the Ukrainian parliament are more dramatic displays in the ongoing saga of a country unraveling. Furthermore, Putin's words--Crimea ibeing his last territorial demand--and actions--moving thousands of troops to to the Ukrainian border--aren't matching up.
Professor Burns writes about the need for a strong reponse from the U.S. and Europe. He suggests two options: imposing tough economic sanctions and moving NATO forces to the Baltics and Poland. Our allies, as well as Putin, are looking to see if Washington will display confidence, toughness, and leadership in the most serious security crisis in Europe since the Cold War’s end.