B-52 in flight FILE PHOTO -- Air Combat Command's B-52 is a long-range, heavy bomber that can perform a variety of missions. It can carry nuclear or conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability.
U.S. Air Force Nuclear Operations:
A Period of Change
An International Security Program Brown Bag Seminar w/ ISP/Project on Managing the Atom Research Fellow Brandon Parker on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 12:15 PM in the Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369.
Coffee & tea provided.
All are welcome!
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November 26, 2014
By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
"...[J]ournalists in the past were often regarded as neutral intermediaries between hostage takers and those willing to pay ransom. Now it is unsafe for journalists to go anywhere near ISIS."
November 25, 2014
Los Angeles Times
By Sven-Eric Fikenscher, Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
"Skeptics might argue that expanding the joint plan would give Iran the opportunity to undermine sanctions, but modest sanctions relief is unlikely to weaken the overall sanctions regime. The joint plan has not undermined the existing sanctions. And there would be pressure on Iran to comply with an expanded agreement since cheating probably would be met with renewed sanctions. Unlike the alternative scenarios, this approach would buy some additional time and keep Iran in check."
November 24, 2014
The National Interest
"ISIS cannot be defeated with airstrikes, and that's all the West seems prepared to do. The coalition needs local and regional support. It must be prepared to send in large numbers of ground forces for a long time. Only Iran will be both able and willing to do that."
November 18, 2014
By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program
"China's increasingly assertive policies toward its immediate neighborhood shows that Beijing is hardly indifferent to geopolitics, and Russia's assertive defense of what it sees as vital interests in its 'near abroad' (e.g., Ukraine) suggests that somebody in Moscow didn't get the memo about the benign effects of globalization. And regional powers like India, Turkey, and Japan are taking traditional geopolitical concerns more seriously these days. Bottom line: If you thought great-power rivalry was a thing of the past, think again."
November 12, 2014
By Henrik Larsen, Research Fellow, International Security Program
"Economic fragility and domestic mismanagement have plagued Ukraine since it gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Despite boasting a skilled, educated work force and vital natural resources such as metals, minerals and agriculture, the country has struggled to sustain economic growth. Meanwhile, corruption and institutional inefficiency remain major problems hampering the development of the state, making it impossible for governments over the years to implement much-needed reforms.'
International Studies Review
By Barak Mendelsohn, Research Fellow, International Security Program
Why do states allow and even encourage extremist nonstate actors to intervene in an international conflict in violation of domestic and international law, as well as state interests? Why do states fail subsequently to rein in these actors as the counterproductive consequences of their actions become apparent? This article explores one case of such puzzling state behavior, Israel's relationship with the messianic settler movement. The movement is challenging the state, and its actions regarding the territories Israel captured in 1967 have complicated efforts to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
Small Wars and Insurgencies, issue 5-6, volume 25
By Ches Thurber, Research Fellow, International Security Program
"The Shia militia has emerged as one of the most powerful and important actors in the Middle East security environment. Despite this trend, they remain poorly understood by scholars and policymakers alike. This article seeks to expand our understanding of the militia as a type of non-state armed group through an examination of Shia militia movements in Iraq between 2003 and 2009."