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2013

Summer 2013

"Noora Lori Looks at Changing Nature of Immigration"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Dominic Contreras and Noora Lori, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, August 2012–July 2013; Former Research Fellow, Dubai Initiative, September–December 2011

The study of citizenship, what it means and what it entails, has always been a topic of considerable debate in international relations and political science. Discussions of citizenship usually occur from the perspective of those who are included within a particular community, yet accelerated changes in global migration flows over the past 60 years have shifted the discussion into new waters. Noora Lori is among those attempting to understand this changing relationship between the state, the citizen, and the migrant.

 

2012

Winter 2012-2013

"Saradzhyan Brings Insight, Experience to Center’s U.S. - Russian Research"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Dominic Contreras

The English reporter and columnist A.N. Wilson once mused: “If you imagine writing 1,000 words a day, which most journalists do, that would be a very long book.” Not only would it be a long book, it would likely cover a multitude of subjects, themes, and ideas. If Simon Saradzhyan, current fellow and former Russian journalist, were to write it, it would encompass everything from state and local politics in Russia and the Caucasus to issues of international security, nuclear terrorism, and diplomacy.

 

 

Photo by Marcus Halevi

April 11, 2012

Natural Gas as a Bridge to the Future

News

By Dominic Contreras

On Monday April 9, the Belfer Center’s Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) hosted a screening and discussion of Hefner’s latest project, a documentary titled “The Grand Energy Transition: Natural Gas – The Bridge To Our Sustainable Future.” Excerpts from the film were shown at the Kennedy School to an audience including Belfer Center Director Graham Allison and Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor Joseph S. Nye.

(See link below for audio podcast of the event)

 

 

Spring 2012

Michael Beckley Aims for Mix of Academics, Government Service

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Dominic Contreras

“Debating the pros and cons of government policy, applying scientific methods to pressing national challenges and teaching the next generation...that’s ultimately what gets me out of bed in the morning” says Michael Beckley, a research fellow with the Belfer Center’s International Security Program. According to Beckley, who expects to receive his Ph.D. from Columbia University later this year, “It is clear to me that public policy, both domestic and foreign, has a tremendous effect on people’s lives and that individuals armed with information, can and should work to improve those policies.”

 

 

Spring 2012

Aisha Ahmad: Knowledge Without Action Is Injustice

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Dominic Contreras

As a child, Aisha Ahmad remembers vividly the arms bazaars in Peshawar and the throngs of bearded mujahedeen commanders as they passed through her grandfather’s smoke laden offices in the Pakistani frontier province.Though she was born in the UK and grew up in Canada, her family retained strong ties with their native community and during her youth Ahmad regularly traveled to the unruly Pakistan-Afghanistan border region.

 

 

Photo by Martha Stewart

February 1, 2012

"Winning the War on War?"

News

By Dominic Contreras

“The departure of the last American troops from Iraq brings relief to a nation that has endured its most painful war since Vietnam...And it could very well be the last one,” wrote Steven Pinker and Joshua Goldstein in the New York Times last December. On Monday January 30th, the Belfer Center's Stephen Walt and Monica Duffy Toft joined Goldstein and Pinker at the JFK Jr. Forum and asked: "Is War on the Way Out?"

 

2011

Winter 2011-2012

"Juma Lauded for Role in First Innovation Advisory Council"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Dominic Contreras

Calestous Juma, director of the Belfer Center’s Science, Technology, and Globalization Project, played a central role in creation of the Lagos Innovation Advisory Council, the first of its kind in Africa.

 

 

Winter 2011-2012

"Terrorist Threat Demands Creative Intelligence"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Dominic Contreras

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a former director of intelligence and counterintelligence at the Department of Energy, argues that despite not falling victim to a major terrorist event in the last 10 years, the United States must not be complacent in its counter-terrorism efforts. Mowatt-Larssen said in a Belfer Center seminar in September that he believes the possibility of a major attack is higher in the next 10 years than in the preceding decade.

 

 

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October 19, 2011

"Terrorist Threat Demands Creative Intelligence"

News

By Dominic Contreras

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a former director of intelligence and counterintelligence at the Department of Energy, argues that  despite not falling victim to a major terrorist event in the last ten years, the United States must not be complacent in its counter-terrorism efforts. Mowatt-Larssen, a Belfer Center senior fellow, said in a seminar at the Center that he  believes the possibility of a major attack is higher in the next ten years than in the preceding decade.

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