U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on cover of Iranian newspaper. (Getty)


The Iran Deal’s Rare Achievement

April 10, 2015

While neither really wants to admit it, writes Nicholas Burns, Democrats and Republicans worked in tandem to get us to this point.

· Decoding the Iran Nuclear Deal
· Deal or No Deal? Actually, That's Not the Right Question
· Give the Nuclear Framework a Chance

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Graham Allison on China’s rise

"Never in history has a state risen so far, so fast, on so many dimensions."

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Netanyahu Prepares for a Gunfight

Bibi's opposition to the Iran nuclear agreement has turned Israel into a partisan issue.

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April 16, 2015

Linkage of GHG Emissions-trading Systems: A Harvard Project Climate Policy Article

By Bryan Galcik

Matthew Ranson, former student collaborator of the Harvard Project, and Robert Stavins, Director of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, recently published their research on linking emissions-trading systems in the journal Climate Policy.



April 16, 2015

"The Dark Side of American History"

The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Abraham Lincoln became the first public figure to synthesize the idealism and the race hatred at the founding of the American Republic by his Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, ending slavery in the South. For this he became the first American president to be assassinated."



April 16, 2015

"Safety—The Overlooked Crucial Issue in Iranian Nuclear Negotiations"

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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

"The Middle East's only operating nuclear power plant, Bushehr, is located in Iran's south, close to the Persian Gulf. The rest of the eight reactors Tehran has planned will also be built in the area. This means that any safety breach would not only affect Iran's population, but also have cross-border implications."



April 14, 2015

"Africa Rebooting"

New African

By Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development; Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; Principal Investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa

"Africa still values the importance of research, but no longer considers this linear view to be viable. Based on experiences in the rapid adoption of mobile phones, the continent is now looking into combining R&D with leveraging existing technologies and using them to create new enterprises. This approach provides Africa with a more hopeful future for tapping into an exponentially-growing global knowledge reservoir."



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April 13, 2015

"Lee Kuan Yew and Henry Kissinger"

The National Interest

By Robert D. Blackwill, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

As the debates rage along the Potomac regarding the Iran nuclear framework, ISIS, the Ukraine crisis, the rise of Chinese power and a half dozen other important U.S. foreign policy challenges, how better to think about these problems than to seek council from the two most impressive strategists of the post World War II era – the late Lee Kuan Yew and Henry Kissinger.



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