Why Do Armed Nonstate Actors Recruit Foreign Fighters?
Evidence from the Syrian Civil War
An ISP brown bag seminar w/ Prof. Barak Mendelsohn, Thurs., Oct. 6, 2016 @ 12:15 PM in the Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369.
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September 25, 2016
By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program
"...[I]f she can win over some of the people during her first term, her popularity will soar and re-election would be easy. The lesson? Clinton should focus on domestic reforms and not on international crusades. And as former State Department officials Jeremy Shapiro and Richard Sokolsky suggest, that's been her basic inclination all along."
September 24, 2016
The World Post
By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
"Apart from the issue of the harm done to national security by this case, it is important to point out the unintended consequences of giving Snowden a pardon. Present and past CIA employees could regard such an action as a softening of standards and as an invitation to transgress."
September 17, 2016
The Daily Beast
"Historians, trained to take the long view but living in the here and now, have been struggling to make sense of Donald Trump's chaotic bid to win the presidency and thus become the commander-in-chief of the most powerful military force in the world."
August 23, 2016
By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
"...[T]he truth is that showing up is the easy part. Making government work when people need it is the real challenge."
August 23, 2016
By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program
"Israel must continue building an effective offensive response. Victory and military decision are only achieved through offense, not restraint and defense. The Hezbollah threat has, however, been with us for a long period and will unfortunately remain with us for many years to come. A war postponed may be a costly war, but it may also be a war that never breaks out. In this case, an effective offensive response may be even more costly than the threat itself, and we should thus seek to postpone resort to it for as long as possible."
August 10, 2016
By Calder Walton, Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy, International Security Program
"It is reasonable to assume that, faced with vocal Scottish opposition to Trident—the Scottish National Party voted overwhelmingly not to renew it last month—if Scotland gains independence, policy-makers in Washington will soon start looking for alliances elsewhere in Europe with more stable and certain futures. Norway would seem to be an increasingly attractive alternative: it has similar seaports to the UK, is strategically placed for controlling sea-lanes with Russia, has well-respected intelligence services (which are not undergoing public censure in the way Britain's are after Chilcot), and it also has strategic access to Europe in a way that is an unknown quantity for Britain at present."
August 4, 2016
By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
"The geopolitical consequences of Brexit may not appear immediately. The EU might temporarily pull together, but there will be damage to its sense of mission and to Europe's soft power of attraction. Problems of financial stability and dealing with immigration may become harder to manage. Britain might see not only a revival of Scottish separatism, but an acceleration of its inward turning trends of recent years. And over the longer run, the effects on the global balance of power and the liberal international order will be negative."