The Role of Domestic Politics in Explaining
Regional Foreign Policy
An International Security Program Brown Bag Seminar with ISP Research Fellow Jeehye Kim, Thursday, Apr 24, 2014, at 12:15 PM, Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369.
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April 16, 2014
Middle East Report Online
By Tytti Erästö, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom Research Fellow
The controversy over the Iranian nuclear program is in many ways a product of the US-Iranian conflict. The United States and Iran are in the grip of mutual negative perceptions that, in turn, have been reinforced by the escalatory dynamics of the nuclear dispute. After years of seeming diplomatic deadlock, these dynamics suddenly changed for the better in the autumn of 2013. The positive trends culminated in November, when Iran agreed with the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany, the so-called P5+1, on a confidence-building deal known as the Joint Plan of Action (JPA). Given the record of diplomatic non-achievement, the deal is a historic development.
April 15, 2014
"For government to function effectively in the future, it must commit to changes in how we assess information. The primary focus should be on more comprehensive training for public employees on how to gather and most effectively access the information they need. Often there are antiquated and bureaucratic barriers to information sharing that serve no purpose and hinder the capacity of government to interpret different pieces of data from different sources."
Strategic Empathy: The Afghanistan Intervention Shows Why the U.S. Must Empathize with its Adversaries
By Matt Waldman, Research Fellow, International Security Program
"...[H]ow did such vast and sustained investments not deliver a more favorable outcome? Conditions were undoubtedly challenging, but most observers — and indeed U.S. officials — agree that major mistakes were made....But the most egregious error of the United States was to pursue a strategy founded on a misreading of its enemy."
April 11, 2014
The Huffington Post
By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
"Manuel Valls is the first French Prime Minister born outside the country, in Barcelona, to a Spanish father and a Swiss Italian mother. The family were Spanish Republicans who were forced to flee the Franco regime and come to France when Manuel was a little child....Valls is on the right wing of the French Socialist Party, and even at one time suggested taking the word socialist out of the party's name. He can best be described as a social democrat, as Hollande also declared himself recently."
April 10, 2014
By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
"...Obama's declaration that Russia is a regional power acting out of weakness, no less than Russia's suspension from the G-8, may have hit Putin where he is most vulnerable. His actions in Ukraine have undoubtedly brought Russia tangible gains in the short term. But they also imply less obvious costs. It remains to be seen whether Putin's bold move was worth it."
April 7, 2014
By Jaganath Sankaran, Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
"Given the budgetary constraints under which spacefaring nations like the United States and India operate, cooperation is a valuable means to furthering our understanding of Earth's ecosystem."
April 3, 2014
By Manjari Chatterjee Miller, Research Fellow, International Security Program
"A look at Indian foreign policy since 1964 confirms that it has been characterized more by continuity than by change. And even those changes that have occurred, while important, have been incremental, and unrelated to the political ideology of the party in power."