July 30, 2014
One hundred years ago this week, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany exchanged telegrams to try to prevent a war that neither wanted.
Graham Allison writes that these telegrams between cousins "Nicky" and "Willy" are vivid reminders of the perils of crisis management and the wisdom of preventive diplomacy to resolve challenges like today's territorial dispute in eastern Ukraine before they become crises that suck great powers into confrontations.
By Douglas Birch
July 24, 2014
Washington Post, PostEverything Blog
By Sean M. Lynn-Jones, Editor, International Security; Series Editor, Belfer Center Studies in International Security
"...[P]lagiarism is fundamentally wrong. Scholars' careers largely depend on receiving credit for their research and publications. Tenure and promotion decisions may hinge on how often a professor's books or articles are cited. So academics are understandably sensitive to the possibility that someone else will claim credit for their research. Students who plagiarize in their research papers may not damage the careers of the scholars they plagiarize, but they are cheating and should be held accountable."
July 23, 2014
By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative
"The bizarre role of the United States government in current events in Israel and Palestine has reached such a peak this week that someone in the realm of the absurd should create a prize for this and offer the inaugural one to John Kerry during his stay in Cairo today. Washington’s quest for a ceasefire in Gaza while wholeheartedly supporting and arming Israel’s onslaught against Palestinian civilians reflects the frightening extent of bankrupt Arab diplomacy and exercise of sovereign power as much as it reflects the true nature of American government siding with Israel."
July 22, 2014
By Ben Heineman, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
The role of General Motors Co. general counsel Michael Millikin in the deadly ignition-switch events should be a subject of intense interest and close scrutiny for lawyers working in, or for, complex corporations. But the recent—and I think overly simplistic— comments of prominent attorney John Quinn detract and do not add to a practical discussion about the responsibilities of general counsel.
July 21, 2014
The Huffington Post
By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
"The skyrocketing popularity of Putin in Russia after his illegal annexation of Crimea and his tactic of 'hybrid war' (which we in the U.S. would call covert action), is a measure of just how wronged the Russian people feel about how the post–Cold War world has turned out...."
July 17, 2014
The National Interest
By Sven-Eric Fikenscher, Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom and Robert Reardon, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program
"Rather than continuing with the current objective of a comprehensive grand bargain, the United States and its partners in the P5+1 should instead work toward a series of interim agreements using the JPOA as a model, with each successive accord building on the last. Such a gradual, incremental approach offers a better chance of ultimately resolving the nuclear dispute, at a lower risk of the existing deal falling apart."
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