April 7, 2016
By Ben Heineman, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
The Inside Counsel Revolution: Resolving the Partner-Guardian Tension by Ben W. Heineman, Jr., former General Electric General Counsel and a founding father of the inside counsel movement, describes the past, present and future of this transformation. He takes a critical and careful look at the central role of General Counsel in advancing the core mission of today’s corporation: to achieve high performance with high integrity and sound risk management. He explains how to resolve the critical tension facing inside counsel—being partner to the board of directors, the CEO and business leaders, but ultimately being guardian of the corporation.
April 11, 2016
In an analysis of why the United States is losing ground as a world power and what it can do to reverse the trend, War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft by Robert D. Blackwill and Jennifer M. Harris describes the statecraft of geoeconomics: the use of economic instruments to achieve geopolitical goals.
By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
In Juliette Kayyem's insider's look at American emergency and disaster management, Juliette distills years of professional experience into smart, manageable guidelines for keeping your family safe in an unpredictable world. From stocking up on coloring books to stashing duplicate copies of valuable papers out of state, Juliette's wisdom does more than just prepare us to survive in an age of mayhem—it empowers us to thrive. Her message, the result of years working where tragedy has thrived, is ultimately positive: starting in our homes, each of us—every mom, dad, aunt, uncle, yes every citizen—has the capacity to build a more resilient nation.
March 30, 2016
By William C. Clark, Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development; Co-director, Sustainability Science Program; Faculty Chair, ENRP, Pamela Matson and Krister Andersson
Pursuing Sustainability: A Guide to the Science and Practice, by leading authorities Pamela Matson, William C. Clark, and Krister Andersson, is a concise guide that provides everyone interested in sustainability – students, scholars, and practitioners alike – with a strategic framework and approaches for understanding, analyzing, and effectively engaging in sustainability challenges. While individuals from every realm of society can and need to engage in this, innovations from the research and innovation communities are particularly needed; creating useful knowledge and linking it effectively with decision-making is an urgent need. In educational settings, the book serves as an invaluable primer and companion to research and teaching that deals with sustainability in particular sectors such as energy, food, water, and cities, or in particular regions of the world. In professional settings, it offers a guide to how we all—regardless of profession—can become more effective in the pursuit of sustainability.
By Zachary D. Kaufman, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program
In United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics, Zachary D. Kaufman explores the U.S. government's support for, or opposition to, certain transitional justice institutions. By first presenting an overview of possible responses to atrocities (such as war crimes tribunals) and then analyzing six historical case studies, Kaufman evaluates why and how the United States has pursued particular transitional justice options since World War II.
By Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development; Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; Principal Investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa
This book explores the sources and dynamics of social opposition to innovation. It:
- Explains the roots of resistance to new technologies - and why such resistance is not always futile
- Draws on nearly 600 years of economic history to show how the balance of winners and losers shapes technological controversies
- Outlines policy strategies for inclusive innovation to reduce the risks and maximize the benefits of new technologies
December 22, 2015
By Hui Zhang, Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom
This book examines the issue of nuclear disarmament in different strategic, political, and regional contexts.
December 15, 2015
By Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School, Jonathon Price, Farah Pandith, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project, David Ignatius, Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project, General James Cartwright, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Michèle Flournoy, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
The Aspen Strategy Group's Policy Books is an annual series of pieces written by contemporary thought leaders on the most pressing U.S. foreign policy and national security issues. This edition is a collection of papers commissioned for the 2015 Aspen Strategy Group Summer Workshop, in Aspen, Colorado.
CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE:James E. Cartwright, Jared Cohen, Ryan Crocker, Peter Feaver,Michčle Flournoy, Richard Fontaine, Shadi Hamid, Bernard Haykel,David Ignatius, William McCants, Vali Nasr, Farah Pandith,Tom Pritzker, Sarah Sewall, Frances Townsend, Graeme Wood,Dov Zakheim, Philip Zelikow
To recognize an event as filled with human pain and suffering as the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda comes with a certain obligation. That obligation foremost is to document, analyze, and learn from the events that led to the genocide as well as to consider and to understand its legacy. Ultimately these efforts should help the world community act to prevent and intervene at all levels to forever assure that such events do not repeat themselves.
September 29, 2015
By Niall Ferguson, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Few figures provoke as much passionate disagreement as Henry Kissinger. Equally revered and reviled, his work as an academic, national security adviser, diplomat, and strategic thinker indelibly shaped America’s role in the 20th century. Kissinger’s counsel knew few boundaries: His advice was sought by every president from Kennedy to Obama. Yet the man and his ideas remain the object of profound misunderstanding.
Drawing on 50 archives around the world, including Kissinger’s private papers, this book by Niall Ferguson, Kissinger: Volume 1: The Idealist, 1923-1968, argues that America’s most controversial statesman, and the cold war history he witnessed and shaped, must be seen in a new light.