Big Bets to End Hunger

January 5, 2015

In their Annual Letter, Bill & Melinda Gates bet that Africa will be able to feed itself and help feed the world by 2030. Calestous Juma agrees, predicting in his 2011 book New Harvest that Africa will feed itself in a generation.

Join the conversation and share your solutions for feeding the world using the hashtag #GatesLetter.

See Video and Q&A with Calestous Juma on how Africa can make huge strides in the next 15 years ›


"A US-India comeback?"

By Nicholas Burns, in The Boston Globe

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January 22, 2015

"Time to Revise America's Cuban Immigration Policy"

The National Interest

By Jill Goldenziel, Research Fellow, International Security Program

"To encourage Cuba to improve its human-rights record and commitment to the rule of law, the United States must lead the way by bringing its own policies toward asylum-seekers into compliance with international law."



January 21, 2015

Harvard Kennedy School Welcomes Professor Michael C. Hudson as the Spring 2015 Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar

The Middle East Initiative (MEI) at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs announced today that Professor Michael C. Hudson, a preeminent senior scholar of the Middle East, will join the HKS community this semester as the Spring 2015 Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar.



January 21, 2015

"Big Banks and Their Game of Risk"

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Aaron Arnold, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

"For US regulators, 2014 was a banner year for collecting fines against sanctions violators, according to The Economist. In June, BNP Paribas—France’s largest bank, and one of the largest in the world—agreed to shell out $9 billion to the US Department of Justice for violating sanctions against Cuba, Iran, and Sudan. This past month, US regulators slapped Germany’s Commerzbank—the country’s second-largest bank, with a similar global presence—with a $1 billion fine, after launching an investigation into its dealings with sanctioned countries. The increases in fines have signaled an aggressive, zero-tolerance policy toward violators, as well as a willingness to use the extraterritorial provisions of sanctions, which allow regulators to punish foreign-based banks..."



January 20, 2015

"Far From the Gates of Vienna"

The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The reaction to this new provocation was predictable, from shootings in Niger to howling mobs in Karachi, a city of 20 million people. Fortunately, the latter crowds were far from the gates of Vienna, so to speak — an evocation of the moment, in 1683, when Muslim Turkey's last attempt to invade Europe was repulsed."



January 2015

"Iran's ISIS Policy"

International Affairs, issue 1, volume 91

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

This article assesses Iran's strategy in dealing with the threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It examines the implications of the rise of ISIS in Iran's immediate neighbourhood for Tehran's policies in Syria and Iraq and investigates how each of these countries affects Iranian national interests. It provides an overview of the major events marking Iran and Iraq's relations in the past few decades and discusses the strategic importance of Iraq for Iran, by looking at the two countries' energy, economic and religious ties. It also considers Iran's involvement in Syria since the beginning of the Syrian conflict.



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