Credibility in Crises:
The Role of Leadership Beliefs in State Threat Assessments
An International Security Program (ISP) Brown Bag Seminar w/ ISP/Project on Managing the Atom Research Fellow Julia MacDonald, Thurs. Feb. 11, 2016 @ 12:15 PM, Littauer-369.
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January 27, 2016
By Andrew Gawthorpe, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program
"If the Corbynistas manage to force the moderates to leave the party en masse, Labour risks becoming a shell of its former self, staying animated purely through Corbyn's charismatic appeal to his base and zeal for intra-party combat. In this, it should keep in mind the 1983 defeat that Margaret Thatcher delivered to the last hard-left Labour leader. That contest left Labour in disarray for 15 years—a period of political irrelevancy that the British left can ill afford."
January 29, 2016
By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
"While American leadership will continue to be important, success in solving the new transnational challenges will require the cooperation of others. In this sense, power becomes a positive-sum game. If the liberal world order is to continue, it will not be enough to think in terms of American power over others. One must also think in terms of combining strength to accomplish joint goals."
January 8, 2016
By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
It isn't often that a mainstream newspaper calls out Islam over a terrorist action—in this case one of the worst in history—the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris—which ended in the murders of 129 people.
January 4, 2016
By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
"They are dangerous, they are unforgiving, they are flouting federal law, they have a political purpose and they clearly are willing to use violence to get their way. Simply because they are not Muslim jihadists does not mean they are authorized to threaten or use violence to support their political cause."
December 22, 2015
By Emile Simpson, Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy, International Security Program
"A negotiated solution would require a military stalemate on the ground, and this depends on NATO forces guaranteeing that Afghan forces in key positions will not be overrun. This is the political objective that should inform Western military support in Afghanistan from here on out: to make clear to the Taliban that they can achieve more through a peace deal than through fighting and to make clear to Western electorates that this isn't a forever war."
December 22, 2015
Washington Post, Monkey Cage Blog
By Jessica Stanton, Ragnhild Nordas, Former Research Fellow, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program, 2008–2010 and Dara Kay Cohen, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
"When militias are first reported to rape and sexually assault civilians, state forces reportedly increase their own sexual violence. In other words, governments don't outsource violence against civilians; they model it. They may influence militia behavior through training or through more informal diffusion — or both. Studies show that when governments train militias, militias are more likely to target civilians both with sexual violence and other kinds of violence."