Saudi Arabia and Nuclear Weapons:
What Would Machiavelli Say?
An International Security Program Brown Bag Seminar with Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow Eugene B. Kogan, Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 12:15 PM in the Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369.
For more information, click here>
March 8, 2014
"The Obama administration is fully cognizant of Israel's concerns and greater stakes in the nuclear talks. It is also aware that influential circles in Washington may have even greater sensitivity and sympathy for Israel’s worries. Especially important is the U.S. Congress, whose approval of any agreement reached with Iran will be crucial. This is because almost all that Iran seeks to achieve in any agreement reached—namely, significant sanctions relief—cannot be implemented without the Congress's consent. For the Obama administration, therefore, the Israeli-alliance-management challenge has an important U.S. domestic dimension as well."
March 7, 2014
The Huffington Post
By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
"How can one believe that the Russian Special Forces (Spetsnaz) who crossed over to the Crimea from Rostov-on-Don by boat and helicopter were a figment of the imagination, and that the thousands of uniformed soldiers, in camouflage gear but without insignia, were from a locally recruited militia of ethnic Russians?"
March 5, 2014
Wall Street Journal
"A rebalancing of domestic priorities may ultimately allow Beijing to see greater benefits to cooperating with other countries in certain security situations. At the same time that they encourage China to increase its military transparency and contributions to cooperative security, the challenge for the U.S. and its allies will be how best to expend funding and focus to deter China from using force—or the threat of force—to resolve island and maritime claims disputes in its favor."
March 3, 2014
By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program
"...[R]ealism tells you major powers care a lot about security and are often ruthless in defending vital interests, especially close to home. It recognizes that great powers ignore international law when it gets in their way (as the United States has done repeatedly), and it sees relations between major powers as a ceaseless struggle for position, even when that struggle is waged for essentially defensive reasons."
February 27, 2014
By Eugene B. Kogan, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
Dr. Eugene Kogan examines the West's approach to Iran and Syria through the lens of coercive diplomacy. Both cases, he argues, offer a chance to revitalize coercion as a tool of American diplomacy.
February 26, 2014
By Evelyn Krache Morris, Research Fellow, International Security Program
"...[P]rojecting an image of competence and progress against drug trafficking may be particularly important at the moment, as the Peña Nieto administration struggles to come up with a strategy for how to handle the autodefensas — the armed civilian organizations that are taking on the DTOs without government sanction or control."
February 7, 2014
By Ariane Tabatabai, Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
Ariane Tabatabai examines the evolution of Iran's nuclear narrative and the ways in which President Rouhani's rhetoric on the issue differs from his predecessor's.