January 29, 2015
Op-Ed, The Boston Globe
By Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
Seventy years ago this week, the Red Army liberated the Auschwitz death camp. And today is the 83rd birthday of Professor Burns' wife's uncle, Bernie Rosner, who survived Auschwitz and three other Nazi camps as a young boy. During this Holocaust Remembrance Week, Professor Burns and his wife Libby wanted to pay tribute to Bernie's courage and determination to survive the deadly trials of the Holocaust and to his courage in making a new, happy and successful life here in the United States. His story and that of every survivor and every victim needs to be told so that Hitler's crimes in the Holocaust be remembered as the decades pass.
Forthcoming May 2015
Journal Article, Renewable Energy, volume 77
Based on assimilated meteorological data for the period January 1979 to December 2010, the authors investigate the origin of wind energy from both mechanical and thermodynamic perspectives, with special focus on the spatial distribution of sources, historical long-term variations, and the efficiency for kinetic energy production.
January 28, 2015
Op-Ed, Agence Global
By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative
"Perhaps the most dramatic aspect of the succession in the Saudi Arabian monarchy last week was how undramatic and routine it was. The sixth such succession to a new monarch and crown prince in modern Saudi history lacked the tension and behind the scenes jockeying for power that had been so widely hyped in much of the Western and sensationalist Arab media."
January 27, 2015
Op-Ed, The Huffington Post
By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
The question arises subliminally as to whether Israel is really a full-fledged foreign state. An Israeli head of government can slip into the U.S. and address Congress on Iran without reference to the person in charge of U.S. foreign policy? One can only conclude from this paradox that both John Boehner, a Congressman from Ohio who is also Speaker of the House, and along with him Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were acting in no small part by gamesmanship... unless we want to permit multiple congressmen and multiple senators to take on the role of Secretary of State.
Forthcoming August 2015
Despite the nuclear accident at the Fukushima-Daiichi plant in Japan, a growing number of countries are interested in expanding or introducing nuclear energy. However, nuclear energy production and nuclear waste disposal give rise to pressing ethical questions that society needs to face. This book takes up this challenge with essays by an international team of scholars focusing on the key issues of risk, justice and democracy. The essays consider a range of ethical issues including radiological protection, the influence of gender in the acceptability of nuclear risk, and environmental, international and intergenerational justice in the context of nuclear energy
January 26, 2015
By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy
"So much activity, and there isn't even a snowflake in the sky. But that's how it is done. Incident commands, assets predeployed and ready, weather assessments that change hourly, and then, ultimately, the decision that the kids will be home. Sometimes it's obvious; sometimes, it's just a calculated guess."
January 26, 2015
For the second year in a row and the third time in four years, Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs has been ranked the best university-affiliated research center in the world.
The ranking appears in the Global Go To Think Tank Index, produced annually by James McGann, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. The purpose of the index, said McGann, is to “highlight the important role that think tanks play in civil societies and governments around the world.”
January 24, 2015
Op-Ed, The National Interest
By Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom
"In the dark days at the turn of the year, all but a few bits of U.S.-Russian cooperation to strengthen nuclear security in Russia came to a halt. No longer, for now at least, will U.S. experts work with counterparts at major Russian nuclear facilities to implement better means to prevent insiders from stealing fissile material, or to improve accounting, so a theft would be quickly detected..."
January 23, 2015
Op-Ed, Foreign Policy
By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program
"...[W]e have a terrorism problem in part because the United States has been repeatedly interfering in the greater Middle East, and not always for the right reasons or with much skill or effectiveness. We aren't going to reduce that problem by doubling down on the policies that helped produce it in the first place, and especially when even our well-intentioned interventions seem to make things worse instead of better."
January 23, 2015
Russia in Review: a digest of useful news from U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism for January 16-23, 2014