Novemebr 11, 2014
Op-Ed, Better By Half
By Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development; Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; Principal Investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa
"An emerging major policy focus for Africa is its increasing capacity to feed itself and become an important player in global food trade. Equally important is the inequality between men and women when it comes to access to land, credit, technology and other agricultural inputs. This is particularly important given the fact that majority of Africa's farmers are women."
November 11, 2014
By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program
"Netanyahu, who deserves considerable credit for having successfully placed the Iranian issue at the center of the international agenda, unfortunately went too far in the last year, turned himself in the eyes of the world from the champion of the cause to an annoyance, and undermined the strategic coordination with the United States. The idea of conducting a public campaign against the agreement, while mobilizing the Congress against the president, borders on the irresponsible."
November 10, 2014
Op-Ed, Foreign Policy
By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program
"If we didn't have all these cool high-tech hammers, in short, we'd have to stop treating places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Syria as if they were nails that just needed another pounding, and we might work harder at marginalizing our enemies within their own societies. To do that, we would have to be building more effective partnerships with authoritative sources of legitimacy within these societies, including religious leaders. Our failure to do more to discredit these movements is perhaps the single biggest shortcoming of the entire war on terror..."
November 10, 2014
By Benjamin Franta, Research Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program
"Is climate change a moral crusade? Mr. Stavins argues that climate change is fundamentally a scientific, economic, and political challenge, and that viewing climate change as a moral crusade may increase the political polarization surrounding the topic."
November 11, 2014
By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School
From Belfer Center Director Graham Allison:
November 11 is a solemn date. It marks the end of mankind’s first world war, which began 100 years ago. It reminds us each year of the extraordinary and mostly unseen sacrifice men and women in uniform make to protect the rest of us.
As George Washington noted, “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”
At the Belfer Center, Veterans Day is especially meaningful. That’s because dozens of our faculty, staff, and fellows have either served or are serving in armed forces around the world. It is only fitting that a research center dedicated to “advancing policy-relevant knowledge about the most important challenges of international security” should be composed of so many who commit themselves personally to this security.
November 8, 2014
Op-Ed, Agence Global
By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative
Rami Khouri reflects on citizenship, youth in the United States, and America's role in the Middle East.
November 7, 2014
Russia in Review: a digest of useful news from U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism for October 31-November 7, 2014
By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) are continuing negotiations to achieve a comprehensive nuclear agreement. Whilst the wider political context to such an agreement is of importance, the key concern at this stage of the negotiations must revolve around ensuring that any agreement guarantees Iran is left without a pathway to making nuclear weapons.
November 7, 2014
Belfer Center Senior Fellow Robert Zoellick, chairman of Goldman Sachs' International Advisors, was the lead U.S. Negotiator in the Two Plus Four process for Germany’s unification, serving under Secretary of State James Baker. The German government awarded Zoellick the Knight Commanders Cross for his work on unification. In this Q&A with Belfer Center Director of Communications Josh Burek, Zoellick shares lessons from the fall of the wall 25 years ago and the crucial diplomacy that followed.
November 6, 2014
Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
"Iran would join a group of six other Middle Eastern states at the summit—Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. The meeting would thus provide a forum for these countries to engage on nuclear security issues, a rare and much-needed opportunity for the region. Currently, there are few venues where the Arab states, Iran, Israel, and Turkey can meet to constructively discuss anything."