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Ernest R. May

Former Faculty Affiliate, International Security Program

Former Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science International Affairs

 

 

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2009

September 30, 2009

Ernest May as a Harvard Professor

Media Feature

By Ernest R. May, Former Faculty Affiliate, International Security Program

This late 1950's Harvard promotional film, "To the Age that is Waiting," features young assistant professor Ernest May.

 

 

September 30, 2009

Ernest May on McNamara's Analysis of Vietnam

Media Feature

By Ernest R. May, Former Faculty Affiliate, International Security Program

Video of Ernest May discussing the frame of mind in which policymakers approached Vietnam.

 

 

September 30, 2009

Ernest May on the Lessons of Vietnam

Media Feature

By Ernest R. May, Former Faculty Affiliate, International Security Program

A video of Ernest May discussing the lessons of Vietnam in the context of Robert McNamara's book.

 

 

September 30, 2009

Ernest May on Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Media Feature

By Ernest R. May, Former Faculty Affiliate, International Security Program

Video of Ernest May discussing the lessons for todays policymakers from the Cuban Missile Crisis.

 

2007

June 2007

"An Identity of Opinion: Historians and July 1914"

Journal Article, The Journal of Modern History, issue 2, volume 79

By Samuel R. Williamson and Ernest R. May, Former Faculty Affiliate, International Security Program

"Despite all our accumulated information about 1914, we are still very far from being clear as to what men in power understood to be happening, why they thought it mattered, or how they assessed their action choices."

 

 

February 2007

"Learning from the Cases"

Book Chapter

By Philip D. Zelikow, Former Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Former Faculty Affiliate, International Security Program and Ernest R. May, Former Faculty Affiliate, International Security Program

"...these cases were designed for and used in executive program classes for senior managers in the U.S. intelligence community...."

 

 

February 2007

Dealing with Dictators: Dilemmas of U.S. Diplomacy and Intelligence Analysis, 1945-1990

Book

By Ernest R. May, Former Faculty Affiliate, International Security Program and Philip D. Zelikow, Former Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Former Faculty Affiliate, International Security Program

The United States continues to proclaim its support for democracy and its opposition to tyranny, but American presidents often have supported dictators who have allied themselves with the United States. This book illustrates the chronic dilemmas inherent in U.S. dealings with dictators under conditions of uncertainty and moral ambiguity.

 

 

February 2007

"Introduction: Seven Tenets"

Book Chapter

By Philip D. Zelikow, Former Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Former Faculty Affiliate, International Security Program and Ernest R. May, Former Faculty Affiliate, International Security Program

"Almost from the beginning, a central theme of U.S. foreign policy has
been support for democracy against dictatorship...."

 

 

February 2007

"China, 1945-1948: Making Hard Choices"

Book Chapter

By Ernest R. May, Former Faculty Affiliate, International Security Program

"Two years after World War II, the United States faced the possibility of becoming involved in a civil war in China...."

 

 

February 2007

"The Congo, 1960-1963: Weighing Worst Choices"

Book Chapter

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program and Ernest R. May, Former Faculty Affiliate, International Security Program

"On June 30, 1960, the former Belgian Congo became independent...."

 

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