The Harvard Project releases a collection of expert briefs on the elaboration of the Paris Agreement.
September 28, 2016
Op-Ed, Agence Global
By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative
Is there a single thing that helps us understand why the Arab world has turned into such a horror show of dictatorships and authoritarian governments, state and private political violence, corruption on a massive scale, social polarization, state fragmentation, and the associated phenomena of terror organizations and huge flows of refugees and displaced people? We can point to many candidates for this dishonor, including the legacy of military and family rule, presidents for life, and continuous foreign military interventions. But one underlying issue is the most important one that must be confronted and changed: the right of individuals to speak their mind freely and participate in the mechanisms of decision-making and consensus-building in the public sphere.
September 27, 2016
Russia in Review: a digest of useful news from U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism for September 2-9, 2016
September 27, 2016
By Sean M. Lynn-Jones, Editor, International Security; Series Editor, Belfer Center Studies in International Security
International Security, the quarterly journal edited at the International Security Program of the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center and published by The MIT Press, ranks first for citations and impact among international relations journals, according to two prominent metrics, Impact Factor and SCImago Journal Rank.
September 27, 2016
By Rt. Hon. Douglas Alexander, Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project
The Right Honourable Douglas Alexander offered his views on European security in a discussion moderated by FDP Executive Director Cathryn Cluver.
September 26, 2016
Op-Ed, Security Roundtable
By Scott J. Shackelford, Research Fellow, Cyber Security Project
"There are many varieties of cybersecurity clinics being tried around the world...but here a cybersecurity clinic may be defined as an interprofessional team of computer science, law, and business students that conduct a supervised cybersecurity consulting project for a client focused on instilling technical, legal, and managerial cybersecurity best practices."
October 1, 2016
"Can the Green Economy Deliver It All? Experiences of Renewable Energy Policies with Socio-economic Objectives"
Journal Article, Applied Energy, volume 179
The Green Economy (GE) paradigm aims to reconcile environmental and socio-economic objectives. Policies to deploy renewable energy (RE) are widely perceived as a way to tap the potential synergies of these objectives. It is, however, still largely unclear whether the potential of simultaneously achieving both environmental and socio-economic objectives can be fully realized, and whether and how multiple objectives influence policy design, implementation, and evaluation. The authors aim to contribute to this aspect of GE research by looking at selected country experiences of renewable energy deployment with respect to the socio-economic goals of job creation or energy access.
Journal Article, Survival, issue 5, volume 58
By Ben Buchanan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Cyber Security Project
Encryption's new normal is changing the way in which states assert their sovereignty at home and abroad. Cryptography has gone mainstream. Now more than ever, encryption is used by ordinary citizens, often without their knowledge, and is a subject of national debate.
September 25, 2016
Op-Ed, Foreign Policy
By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program
"...[I]f she can win over some of the people during her first term, her popularity will soar and re-election would be easy. The lesson? Clinton should focus on domestic reforms and not on international crusades. And as former State Department officials Jeremy Shapiro and Richard Sokolsky suggest, that's been her basic inclination all along."
September 24, 2016
Op-Ed, The World Post
By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
"Apart from the issue of the harm done to national security by this case, it is important to point out the unintended consequences of giving Snowden a pardon. Present and past CIA employees could regard such an action as a softening of standards and as an invitation to transgress."