Persuasive Diplomacy: Examining the United States' Use of Persuasion to Shape China's Behavior
An International Security Program (ISP) Brown Bag Seminar w/ ISP Research Fellow Patricia M. Kim, Thur, May 5, 2016 @ 12:15 PM, Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369.
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April 25, 2016
By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program
"What doesn't work is military intervention (aka "foreign-imposed regime change"). The idea that the United States could march in, depose the despot-in-chief and his henchmen, write a new constitution, hold a few elections, and produce a stable democracy — presto! — was always delusional, but an awful lot of smart people bought this idea despite the abundant evidence against it."
April 18, 2016
By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
Created as a state only in 1830, largely at the instigation of the British, who wanted it as a buffer against possible further French imperialism, it could be argued that the country could have been divided along linguistic lines, between France and the Netherlands.
April 15, 2016
By Vera Mironova, Research Fellow, International Security Program
"...ISIL also wanted to increase the flow of dedicated foreign fighters. For that, they needed to increase the grievances of Western Muslims who could potentially become fighters. France and Belgium were chosen for an attack because those are countries with large Muslim populations, some of whom had already been attracted to ISIL. The attack could increase anti-Muslim sentiment and, as a result, the grievance of Western Muslims, which could increase the number of potential dedicated foreign recruits."
April 12, 2016
By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
"In addition to a revival of Scottish separatism, Britain's inward turn in recent years could accelerate. And over the longer run, the effects on the global balance of power and the liberal international order — in which Britain has a strong national interest — would be negative."
April 11, 2016
By Zachary D. Kaufman, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program
"Some may argue that the US government bears no moral responsibility, as it did not directly participate in this human experimentation. But the United States declined to hold many of the perpetrators accountable, and benefited materially as well. US government officials were interested in the potential utility of the work of Ishii and other Japanese, however unethical, to the US military. Senior American officials felt that obtaining data from the experiments was more valuable than bringing those involved to justice, because the information could be used to advance the US government’s own weapons development program."
April 6, 2016
By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
"Clinton, Sanders and down-ballot Democrats have the capacity to win the Security Moms away from Republicans by embracing them and acknowledging that the Democratic Party's approach to security — maintaining international alliances, criticizing the scapegoating of Muslim communities and supporting first responders — is successful."
March 24, 2016
By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program
"The United States, certainly the Democratic side, has simply had it with Netanyahu's policies on the Palestinian issue, with his double talk, and with what appears to be an intentional attempt to bury the two-state solution. If the premier truly understands the United States, he knows that a moment of reckoning on the Palestinian issue is nearing and that whichever candidate is elected will likely present us with fateful decisions, or cool the tenor of relations."