July 21, 2016
Op-Ed, The Straits Times
By Derwin Pereira, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
China's defiant response to the international judgment against its claims in the South China Sea could draw the Philippines closer to the United States. New Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will need to work closely with the man or woman whom Americans elect this November in the face of China's reaction to the ruling.
Magazine or Newspaper Article, Courier
This spring, the United States hosted the fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC. Senior representatives of more than 50 nations convened to mark the end of an unprecedented international initiative over the last six years to strengthen security measures aimed at preventing nuclear terrorism. During that time, many states made significant progress, but more work is needed.
July 21, 2016
Op-Ed, Agence Global
By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative
"The recent and ongoing spate of decisions by several Arab governments to dissolve and ban certain political groups (mostly Sunni or Shiite Islamists) is a reflection of two dynamics that need to be reviewed together: rising sectarian, political, and ideological tensions across the region, alongside continuing structural inabilities in every Arab country, except Tunisia to date, to accommodate a range of differing political views in a legitimate governance system..."
July 20, 2016
The purpose of the workshop was to identify options for elaborating and implementing the Paris Agreement—and to identify policies and institutions that might complement or supplement the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change process.
July 20, 2016
Journal Article, Foreign Affairs
By Dan Altman, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program
"Conquest is a regular feature of war. But it is generally accepted that globalization and growing economic interconnectedness has stitched the world together in such a way that fighting each other for land is no longer pragmatic. Then in 2014, Russia stunned the world by annexing Crimea...."
May 31, 2016
By Jayita Sarkar, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom
"Nuclear South Asia: An Analyst's Guide to India, Pakistan, and the Bomb" is a free, open online course from the Stimson Center that addresses nuclear themes and challenges in South Asia. It is meant to provide strategic analysts in India and Pakistan—and the interested public in all countries—a platform to study these issues and engage in a serious, informed conversation. MTA Associate Jayita Sarkar delivered Section 2's Lecture 3.
July 20, 2016
Op-Ed, Boston Globe Magazine
By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
"The system favors negligent behavior because it provides no incentive to change and no penalties for making the same mistakes over and over. Not only is this a waste of taxpayer money, it is also fundamentally inconsistent with the goal of building a resilient society that must have the capacity to learn from the past."
July 19, 2016
In June 2016, three Harvard students received funding from the Middle East Initiative to travel to Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan to conduct a process evaluation of the pilot TIGER program. TIGER (These Inspiring Girls Enjoy Reading) is a community-based, non-formal education initiative for adolescent Syrian girls in Za'atari funded through the UNHCR Innovation fund, implemented by International Relief and Development (IRD) and designed and supported by Open Learning Exchange.
Pre-workshop Background Readings on Climate Strategies Post-COP21 and Sustainable Economies in Europe
By Pinar Akcayoz De Neve, Project Manager, Environment and Natural Resources Program, Gianfranco Gianfrate, Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow in Sustainability Science , Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Karoline Steinbacher, Giorgio Ruffolo Doctoral Research Fellow in Sustainability Science, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group and Henry Lee, Director, Environment and Natural Resources Program
This report was compiled as background readings for the participants of the Climate Strategies post-COP21 and Sustainable Economies in Europe workshop, that was held in Florence, Italy on July 1, 2016.
Estimates of damages from climate change are dependent on estimates of global-average-temperature increase, which in turn depend on how marginal increases in greenhouse-gas concentrations affect temperature. The "likely" range of temperature increase from a doubling of concentrations has stalled for 35 years at 1.5–4.5° C—making estimates of damages difficult and unreliable.