Measuring What Matters
An International Security Program Seminar with Tufts University Assistant Professor Michael Beckley on Thursday, October 15, 2015 @ 12:15 PM in the Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369.
Coffee and tea provided.
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October 13, 2015
The New York Times
"The United States should have two goals in Syria. First, bring order to those parts of the country that the Islamic State does not control. Second, strive to build a coalition of forces that can contain the Islamic State and eventually replace it. Russia's 'intrusion' could offer a chance to achieve both. This means setting aside American prejudices and heated political rhetoric. Russia isn't an intruder in Syria; it has been involved there for decades, just as America has been involved throughout the Middle East for more than 60 years. Mr. Assad is Russia's protégé, and Syria is an operations base for the Russian military."
October 10, 2015
By Fredrik Logevall, Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs and Professor of History at Harvard University, International Security Program
"...[T]he internal record makes clear that Kissinger and Nixon always saw foreign policy options through the lens of domestic politics. Confident of the fundamental security of the American homeland, they were willing to play politics with foreign policy, often with deleterious consequences."
October 7, 2015
The Jerusalem Post
By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program
"Some critics incorrectly conflate AIPAC with the policies of the Israeli government and thus seek to promote their views by supporting alternative lobbies more in tune with their own thinking. This well-meaning but dangerously misguided approach fails to understand that AIPAC's fundamental role, as the Israel lobby, is to promote US-Israeli relations without regard to who is in office either in Jerusalem or Washington."
October 9, 2015
We hear about encryption, Edward Snowden, the NSA all the time. But how did we get to the point where the government can track us — and where will it go in the future? Host Juliette Kayyem speaks to Susan Landau, former Google employee and current professor of social science and policy studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
October 4, 2015
By Emile Simpson, Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy, International Security Program
"Kunduz is potentially a game changer because it exposes the gap between the paper plan for the defense of Afghanistan and the reality on the ground, particularly in two key areas: first, the capability Afghan ground forces; and second, the credibility of their NATO back-up."
International History Review, issue 5, volume 37
By Jayita Sarkar, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
The article examines the strategic circumstances leading to non-aligned India's safeguard of its nuclear option during a crucial period in its proliferation trajectory, when it was one of the states closest to nuclear-weapons development, and faced US pressures to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that was being negotiated at the time.
October 1, 2015
The Boston Globe
By Andrew Gawthorpe, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program
"Whatever military victories were won by international forces during their time in Iraq and Afghanistan, the only true test of success in these wars is the long-term durability of their pro-Western regimes. But in both countries, these regimes are withering under the insurgent challenge and morphing into something quite unlike what their patrons intended."