Thursday, February 19, 2015
"Aspen Institute Names Harvard Kennedy School's Meghan O'Sullivan to 2015 Class of Henry Crown Fellows"
Washington, DC, February 18, 2015 –– The Aspen Institute today announced its 2015 Class of Henry Crown Fellows. The Henry Crown Fellowship mobilizes a new breed of leaders, all under the age of 45, to tackle the world’s most intractable problems. All are proven entrepreneurs, mostly from the world of business, who have reached a point in their lives where, having achieved success, they are ready to apply their creative talents to building a better society.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Op-Ed, Financial Times
By Niall Ferguson, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
The world loves a peace agreement. The beauty of any deal like the Ukraine ceasefire agreed in the early hours of Thursday morning is that it can be presented in two equally interesting ways. Either it is “Camp David”, a transcendent moment of reconciliation between sworn enemies. Or it is “Munich”, a lapse back into the appeasement of dictators.
February 18, 2015
Op-Ed, The Huffington Post
By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
"...[O]ne of the principal concerns of the German leaders prior to 1914 was the rapid rise of Russia as a great power and the need of Germany to confront this danger before it became too late. The dynamic rule of Vladimir Putin in today's Russia has overturned the post–Cold War order and has challenged Europe and the United States to cope with this new equilibrium. Putin could remain in power for a long time. Welcome to a world that bears some resemblance to the period leading up to World War I."
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Op-Ed, The Business Times
By Derwin Pereira, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
AS the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) destabilises the Middle East, South-east Asia is likely to become the second front of the war on terror again. More than any other country, Indonesia will play a key role in keeping the region safe.
February 18, 2015
Op-Ed, The Boston Globe
By Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
In this article, Professor Burns illustrates all that Russian President Vladimir Putin has done to destabilize Eastern Ukraine during the past twelve months. He also makes the point that President Obama and Chancellor Merkel must now push back in three ways if the current cease-fire continues to unravel: 1) to agree on significantly stronger economic sanctions; 2) to provide much more substantial economic assistance to the Ukrainian government; and 3) to deliver lethal military assistance to the Ukrainian government.
February 17, 2015
Op-Ed, Foreign Policy
By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program
"If the president of the mighty United States — which had the world's largest economy and powerful military forces stationed all over the world — was sufficiently frightened by the ragtag Sandinistas that he was willing to organize and back an illegal civil war against them, is it just barely conceivable that Putin and Medvedev and many other Russians might be just a mite concerned that a country of some 45 million people right on their border might be getting ready to realign, and bring the world's most powerful military alliance right up to their doorstep?"
March 17, 2015
Roger Cohen Speaks About His New Book and the Jewish Experience in the Face Of ISIS and Violent Extremism
New York Times columnist and former Fisher Family Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project, Roger Cohen, discussed his new memoir, "The Girl from Human Street" and the problems the Jewish community and the wider world confront with the rise of global displacement, Islamic State, and violent extremism.
By Ryan Ellis, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program/Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age
The case is designed to support a discussion of the costs and benefits associated with competing models of vulnerability disclosure. The trade in zero-days is a growing area of policy concern. The case can be used in courses on cyber policy, science and technology policy, or national security. It can be used to explore the concepts of public goods, dual-use technologies, and externalities.
February 17, 2015
By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program
"It is clear...that the true motivation for the visit was an attempt by the Prime Minister to use the Congressional stage for his own political purposes and by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Boehner, to drive an historic wedge between the Democrats and Republicans on Israel."
"'Wean Them Away from French Tutelage': Franco-Indian Nuclear Relations and Anglo-American Anxieties During the Early Cold War, 1948–1952"
Journal Article, Cold War History
By Jayita Sarkar, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
Based on multi-archival research, this article explores the significance of Franco-Indian nuclear relations against the backdrop of Anglo-American endeavours to censor information related to atomic energy and to secure control of strategic minerals during the early Cold War.