Credibility in Crises:
The Role of Leadership Beliefs in State Threat Assessments
An International Security Program (ISP) Brown Bag Seminar w/ ISP/Project on Managing the Atom Research Fellow Julia MacDonald, Thurs. Feb. 11, 2016 @ 12:15 PM, Littauer-369.
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February 7, 2016
By Amanda J. Rothschild, Research Fellow, International Security Program
"In New York the American dream thrives and our dearest American values flourish. My New York values have shaped my work ethic, my interest in public service and my belief in the truly exceptional nature of our country. New York reminds us that despite our differences, racial and religious, regional and economic, we all share the values of democracy, freedom, independence and industry. Division may be politically expedient, but it is unity in this shared history that makes us American."
February 5, 2016
By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
"As for other preventative measures, the United States is in a much better position than most other countries. For one, despite its flaws, our public health apparatus is sophisticated and capable of monitoring potential outbreaks and delivering medical services should the need arise. Our urban neighborhoods aren't as dense as those in the countries where the outbreak is happening, so mosquito control is easier. We widely use air-conditioning, and we tend to screen our windows. If the need arises, efforts to eradicate mosquitos can begin, as well as education efforts to limit large-scale breeding grounds, like water or puddles, can be initiated."
January 27, 2016
By Andrew Gawthorpe, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program
"If the Corbynistas manage to force the moderates to leave the party en masse, Labour risks becoming a shell of its former self, staying animated purely through Corbyn's charismatic appeal to his base and zeal for intra-party combat. In this, it should keep in mind the 1983 defeat that Margaret Thatcher delivered to the last hard-left Labour leader. That contest left Labour in disarray for 15 years—a period of political irrelevancy that the British left can ill afford."
January 29, 2016
By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
"While American leadership will continue to be important, success in solving the new transnational challenges will require the cooperation of others. In this sense, power becomes a positive-sum game. If the liberal world order is to continue, it will not be enough to think in terms of American power over others. One must also think in terms of combining strength to accomplish joint goals."
January 8, 2016
By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
It isn't often that a mainstream newspaper calls out Islam over a terrorist action—in this case one of the worst in history—the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris—which ended in the murders of 129 people.
December 22, 2015
By Emile Simpson, Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy, International Security Program
"A negotiated solution would require a military stalemate on the ground, and this depends on NATO forces guaranteeing that Afghan forces in key positions will not be overrun. This is the political objective that should inform Western military support in Afghanistan from here on out: to make clear to the Taliban that they can achieve more through a peace deal than through fighting and to make clear to Western electorates that this isn't a forever war."