June 17, 2016
Op-Ed, The Oregonian
By David Ignatius, Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project
Our first African-American chief executive has sometimes taken wing -- and then, sadly, been brought back to earth by the real-life encumbrances of terrorism, domestic political division and his own limitations as a political leader. Fleetingly, we get a glimpse of his potential for greatness as a president. Senior Fellow for the Future of Diplomacy Project, David Ignatius, examines how President Obama has handled American tragedy and how his historical image will be sealed within these experiences.
June 17, 2016
Op-Ed, Foreign Policy
By Emile Simpson, Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy, International Security Program
"Today's world is a globalized one, and the EU allows the U.K. to operate more effectively in it. That is the basic, real-world argument, to stay in the EU. There is no need to attach to this pragmatic view any grand vision. The EU is flawed, but the U.K.'s relationship with it has been incrementally negotiated, and tailored, over 43 years to the effect that membership is the best vehicle currently on offer for the U.K. to amplify its economic strength in a globalized world."
June 17, 2016
Magazine or Newspaper Article, Harvard Gazette
On Thursday, voters in the U.K. will decide by a simple majority whether to remain in the E.U. during a national referendum known as “Brexit” (a portmanteau of the words British and exit). Over the last month, public opinion polling showed voters evenly split, with the “leave” campaign edging upslightly in recent days. Douglas Alexander is a senior fellow in The Future of Diplomacy Project.The Gazette spoke with Alexander about the upcoming referendum and the potential fallout for the U.K. and Europe.
"Government's Role in Vulnerability Disclosure: Creating a Permanent and Accountable Vulnerability Equities Process"
"When government agencies discover or purchase zero day vulnerabilities, they confront a dilemma: should the government disclose such vulnerabilities, and thus allow them to be fixed, or should the government retain them for national security purposes?"
By Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School and General (ret.) James L. Jones, USMC, Former Senior Advisor, Preventive Defense Project
Nicholas Burns and James L. Jones, Jr., former National Security Advisor and retired Marine Corps General, co-authored a major report released this week by the Atlantic Council: “Restoring the Power and Purpose of the NATO Alliance.” They argue in this report that the next American president must provide strong U.S. leadership to cope with the most serious threat to peace and security in Europe since the end of the Cold War.
Journal Article, Arms Control Today
The 2016 nuclear security summit was a pivotal moment for the decades-long effort to secure nuclear material around the globe. More than 50 national leaders gathered in Washington for the last of four biennial meetings that have led to significant progress in strengthening measures to reduce the risk of nuclear theft.
June 16, 2016
Op-Ed, Project Syndicate
"China has initiated a limited research program on albedo modification. The U.S. has not. Given that albedo modification is the kind of technology that necessitates an open, transparent, and international research effort — precisely the kind of effort in which the U.S. excels — this is a serious failing."
June 15, 2016
By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
"If I told you that some dangerous new device was being used by ideologues to kill tens of thousands of Americans, we would naturally move to regulate that device — and access to it. But change that one word — device — to weapon, throw in an absolutist notion of the Second Amendment, and mix it with a lot of lobbying by the National Rifle Association, and the debate changes. Automatically."
"Promise and Reality of Market-based Environmental Policy in China: Empirical Analyses of the Ecological Restoration Program on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau"
Journal Article, Global Environmental Change, volume 39
By Pu Wang, Giorgio Ruffolo Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sustainability Science, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Steven A. Wolf, James P. Lassoie, Gregory L. Poe, Stephen J. Morreale, Xukun Su and Shikui Dong
Environmental conservation programs in China have increasingly emphasized integration of marketbased logic into regulatory programs. But the realization of market logic and the effectiveness of such efforts are widely questioned by scientists and policy analysts. The authors empirically analyze the design, implementation, and outcomes of the ecological restoration program in the Three-Rivers Headwater Region in China, a large-scale conservation scheme aimed at restoring degraded grasslands and improving local livelihoods.
June 14, 2016
Op-Ed, Climate Home
By Kathryn Chelminski, Predoctoral Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group
"The government's shift in fuel subsidy reform policy is disconcerting. The lack of transparency on these policy decisions reflects either the government's unwillingness to admit the extent of its blunder or a shift towards a less democratic process of subsidizing fuels."