August 21, 2016
Op-Ed, Foreign Policy
By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program
"...[P]olitical choices do matter and can easily shift societies off one path and onto another. One obvious implication: What U.S. voters decide to do in November is really, really important."
By Pinar Akcayoz De Neve, Project Manager, Environment and Natural Resources Program, Jinqiang (JC) Chen, Giorgio Ruffolo Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sustainability Science, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Gianfranco Gianfrate, Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow in Sustainability Science , Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Karoline Steinbacher, Giorgio Ruffolo Doctoral Research Fellow in Sustainability Science, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group and Henry Lee, Director, Environment and Natural Resources Program
Building on the momentum of the agreement reached at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UNFCCC and Italy’s intent to put forward a national program flowing from such agreements, the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, Aspen Institute Italia and the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea convened a workshop in Florence, Italy on July 1, 2016 to discuss the Post-COP21 climate strategies and efforts to realize sustainable economies in Europe. The objective of the workshop was to provide a safe environment where policy makers, academics and industry leaders could come together and discuss how Europe could achieve a lower carbon energy transition. The workshop consisted of three main sessions: (1) How to achieve the EU2030 and 2050 goals; (2) how energy technology innovation can be spurred to create more options; and finally (3) what financial advances are necessary to fund these efforts. This not-for-attribution post-workshop report summarizes the highlights of the discussions, without attributing any views or comments to specific individuals.
August 10, 2016
By Calder Walton, Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy, International Security Program
"It is reasonable to assume that, faced with vocal Scottish opposition to Trident—the Scottish National Party voted overwhelmingly not to renew it last month—if Scotland gains independence, policy-makers in Washington will soon start looking for alliances elsewhere in Europe with more stable and certain futures. Norway would seem to be an increasingly attractive alternative: it has similar seaports to the UK, is strategically placed for controlling sea-lanes with Russia, has well-respected intelligence services (which are not undergoing public censure in the way Britain's are after Chilcot), and it also has strategic access to Europe in a way that is an unknown quantity for Britain at present."
Journal Article, International Security, issue 1, volume 41
By Jonas Schneider and Gene Gerzhoy, Former Associate, Project on Managing the Atom, July–August 2015; Former Research Fellow Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program, 2013–June 2015
Jonas Schneider responds to Gene Gerzhoy's spring 2015 article, "Alliance Coercion and Nuclear Restraint: How the United States Thwarted West Germany's Nuclear Ambitions."
Journal Article, International Security, issue 1, volume 41
Michael Cohen responds to Mark Bell's summer 2015 article, "Beyond Emboldenment: How Acquiring Nuclear Weapons Can Change Foreign Policy."
August 5, 2016
Magazine or Newspaper Article, DW
Donald Trump's most dangerous foreign policy stance yet is his questioning of NATO, eminent political scientist Joseph Nye told DW. Nye also said that America's poor political discourse could hurt its image abroad.
August 4, 2016
By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
"The geopolitical consequences of Brexit may not appear immediately. The EU might temporarily pull together, but there will be damage to its sense of mission and to Europe's soft power of attraction. Problems of financial stability and dealing with immigration may become harder to manage. Britain might see not only a revival of Scottish separatism, but an acceleration of its inward turning trends of recent years. And over the longer run, the effects on the global balance of power and the liberal international order will be negative."
July 31, 2016
Op-Ed, The Oregonian
By David Ignatius, Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project
As the candidates are solidified by their respective parties, leaked emails call to question the involvement of outside parties in opening access to the public on private correspondence. Senior Fellow for The Future of Diplomacy Project, David Ignatius, digs into the validity of such claims and the breakdown of security.
Pre-workshop Background Readings on Climate Strategies post-COP21 and Sustainable Economies in Europe
By Pinar Akcayoz De Neve, Project Manager, Environment and Natural Resources Program, Gianfranco Gianfrate, Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow in Sustainability Science , Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Karoline Steinbacher, Giorgio Ruffolo Doctoral Research Fellow in Sustainability Science, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group and Henry Lee, Director, Environment and Natural Resources Program
This report was compiled as background readings for the participants of the Climate Strategies post-COP21 and Sustainable Economies in Europe workshop, that was held in Florence, Italy on July 1, 2016.
July 18, 2016
Op-Ed, The Boston Globe
By Niall Ferguson, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
To understand what has just happened in Britain, mystified Americans are advised to read the novels of Anthony Trollope. I especially recommend “Framley Parsonage.’’ There is a wonderful parody there of a Victorian change of government, which dashes the political ambitions of the unscrupulous Harold Smith, briefly elevated to the Petty Bag Office.
Harold Smith has been brought into the Cabinet by Lord Brock, the prime minister, but swiftly falls foul of his jealous friend Mr. Supplehouse, who savages him in an article in the “Jupiter.’’ Then, with breathtaking suddenness, the Brock government is overthrown.