Building Trust in Nonproliferation:
Nuclear Transparency and the NNWS
An ISP brown bag seminar with ISP/Project on Managing the Atom Research Fellow Viet Phuong Nguyen, Thursday, December 15, 2016 @ 12:15 PM in the Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369.
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December 6, 2016
By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
"But what about deterring operations that are not equivalent to an armed attack? There are grey areas in which important targets, say, a free political process, are not strategically vital in the same way as the electrical grid or the financial system. Destroying the latter two could damage lives and property; interference with the former threatens deeply held political values."
December 5, 2016
By Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School
"...21st century America is a much safer place to exist, work and play than any time in our country's history because government oversight exists. After all, it was the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911, a fire that killed 146 workers who had no escape route from a factory that had locked doors and overcrowding and whose owners escaped any culpability or liability, that led to the modern-day Labor Department and the advent of worker safety laws."
November 17, 2016
"Refighting the Past in the Present: Modern Conflicts and the Mobilizing and Contesting of Sacred History"
By Christopher Anzalone, Research Fellow, International Security Program
The creation and strategic utilization, and selective sectarianization of sacred history is a key component of contemporary conflicts between competing social movements and armed groups around the world. This article highlights the deployment of competing historical narratives in the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Iraq using the concept of "framing."
December 1, 2016
By Vera Mironova, Research Fellow, International Security Program
"...[A]s disconcerting as the overcrowding and financial strain are, they are not as troubling as the prospect of the prison system becoming a breeding ground for a new insurgency, as was the case with the U.S. prison system in Iraq. There, incarcerated insurgent leaders used their time to develop strategies and recruit new fighters for radical groups."
November 30, 2016
By Amanda J. Rothschild, Research Fellow, International Security Program
"Now imagine if Morgenthau, his subordinates at Treasury, and his informants at State had refused to serve in an administration that had done little overall to respond to the Holocaust. Or, suppose President Clinton had taken cues from the rest of his foreign policy team, and Albright had been completely silenced and isolated. In the former case, hundreds of thousands of lives would have been lost. In the latter, the Bosnian conflict would have undoubtedly continued longer, and the president's reputation at home and abroad would have suffered."
November 23, 2016
By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program
"Public accountability is inherent to America's constitutional system, but that doesn't mean Trump won't try to escape it. It's not as if he doesn't have role models for this sort of operation. In Russia, Putin has won a series of elections and retains high approval ratings, largely because he has eliminated, intimidated, or marginalized anyone who might challenge his control while feeding the Russian people a steady diet of pro-Kremlin propaganda."
World Affairs, issue 2, volume 179
By Mariana Budjeryn, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
"Ukraine's denuclearization had been a controversial issue even as it was negotiated, leaving bitter traces in the country's political and public discourse. As a student of political science in Kyiv in the mid-1990s, I remember being outraged by the sense of injustice: how could the states that rely on their own nuclear deterrents demand the nuclear disarmament of others? More so that one of these states, Russia, has never fully come to terms with Ukraine's independence. Since then, I came to research a doctoral dissertation on the denuclearization of post-Soviet successor states and, in the process, learned a great deal about Ukraine's nuclear disarmament that dispelled many of my preconceptions."