October 6, 2016
Op-Ed, Project Syndicate
By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
In many Western democracies, this is a year of revolt against elites. The success of the Brexit campaign in Britain, Donald Trump’s unexpected capture of the Republican Party in the United States, and populist parties’ success in Germany and elsewhere strike many as heralding the end of an era. As Financial Times columnist Philip Stephens put it, “the present global order – the liberal rules-based system established in 1945 and expanded after the end of the Cold War – is under unprecedented strain. Globalization is in retreat.”
In fact, it may be premature to draw such broad conclusions.
Some economists attribute the current surge of populism to the “hyper-globalization” of the 1990s, with liberalization of international financial flows and the creation of the World Trade Organization – and particularly China’s WTO accession in 2001 – receiving the most attention. According to one study, Chinese imports eliminated nearly one million US manufacturing jobs from 1999 to 2011; including suppliers and related industries brings the losses to 2.4 million.
October 6, 2016
Op-Ed, Defense One
By Nawaf Obaid, Visiting Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
The Saudi-led campaign against the Iran-backed Houthi and Saleh rebels in Yemen is quickly approaching its year and a half mark. The intervention began in March 2015 at the request of the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to prevent the rebels from taking over the beleaguered southern city of Aden. However, despite the Saudis continually seeking a mediated political solution, the rebels have kept up their resistance and even expanded their attacks to the northern border with Saudi Arabia, shelling and causing fatalities in the Saudi cities of Najran and Jizan, prompting more airstrikes, and defying calls for a ceasefire.
October 5, 2016
By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program
"The problem is not with AIPAC. It is Israel which is acting on its own, and with great vigor, without any help from AIPAC, to bury its future as a Jewish and democratic state."
October 3, 2016
Op-Ed, The Boston Globe
By Niall Ferguson, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Last Monday night we saw the first of three showdowns between a terrible complicator — Hillary Clinton — and a terrible simplifier — Donald Trump.
September 29, 2016
Op-Ed, The Washington Post
By Lawrence Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor
I have just come across an International Monetary Fund working paper on income polarization in the United States that makes an important contribution to the secular stagnation debate. The authors — Ali Alichi, Kory Kantenga and Juan Solé — use standard econometric techniques to estimate the impact of declines in middle class incomes on total consumer spending. They find that polarization has reduced consumer spending by more than 3 percent or about $400 billion annually. If these findings stand up to scrutiny, they deserve to have a policy impact.
September 29, 2016
Op-Ed, The National Interest
By Shai Feldman, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
He was one of the two most influential people in Israel’s short modern history.
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 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 23, 2016
By Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School
Jens Stoltenberg,NATO Secretary General, discussed the future of the NATO alliance during this speech, given at the Harvard Kennedy School on September 23, 2016. He described the alliance as a responsive organization, capable of adapting to changes in the international security landscape but committed to the continuity of its founding values. In particular, he emphasized the necessity of maintaining a policy of absolute solidarity among member states, especially in light of the exacerbating civil war in Syria and Russia’s aggressive stance toward countries to the East of NATO member state borders.
September 22, 2016
Op-Ed, Quartz Africa
By Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development; Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; Principal Investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa
"Take commercial drones...as an example. In some circles this technology is stigmatized because of its military use. But the top projected civilian applications include infrastructure, agriculture, transport, media and entertaining, insurance, telecommunications and mining. Many of these will benefit African countries seeking to leapfrog traditional data collection services and land-based transportation infrastructure. But none of such benefits will accrue to nations that use old laws to suppress the new technology."