INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENSE
October 8, 2015
Op-Ed, The Diplomat
By Se Young Jang, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom
"South Korea has been trying to develop its nuclear energy industry over half a century. Insufficient energy sources, increasing domestic energy consumption, and rising oil prices in the 1970s were significant drivers that turned South Korea into a nuclear energy producer. Today, the country runs 24 nuclear reactors in four nuclear power plant sites, the second highest number of reactors among Asian countries after Japan and fifth highest in the world. Despite the contribution of nuclear energy to the South Korean economy, however, the country is currently facing mounting domestic concerns over its pro-nuclear energy policy."
October 6, 2015
Op-Ed, South China Morning Post
By Derwin Pereira, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Jakarta's calm acceptance of Japan's new military policy reveals a desire to keep its options open when it comes to regional rivalries, not least Sino-US relations
October 5, 2015
By Nawaf Obaid, Visiting Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
"Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia, made clear during the U.N. General Assembly meeting this week that they will not cooperate with an emerging Russian military alliance geared toward defeating ISIS (which calls itself the Islamic State) and bolstering the Assad regime in Syria.
The recent Russian military moves -- far from leading to the defeat of the militant group -- have increased the risk that the Syrian conflict and the fight against ISIS will escalate into a full-blown proxy war."
October 4, 2015
By Emile Simpson, Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy, International Security Program
"Kunduz is potentially a game changer because it exposes the gap between the paper plan for the defense of Afghanistan and the reality on the ground, particularly in two key areas: first, the capability Afghan ground forces; and second, the credibility of their NATO back-up."
October 2, 2015
Op-Ed, Foreign Policy
By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program
"From a purely selfish, rational, flag-waving American perspective, therefore, peace is a goal to proclaim, to pursue, and to prize. Yet one is hard-pressed to find a leading presidential candidate who will talk openly about his or her passion for peace, commitment to pursuing it once in office, or the specific strategies he or she intends to follow to further this goal."
Journal Article, International History Review, issue 5, volume 37
By Jayita Sarkar, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
The article examines the strategic circumstances leading to non-aligned India's safeguard of its nuclear option during a crucial period in its proliferation trajectory, when it was one of the states closest to nuclear-weapons development, and faced US pressures to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that was being negotiated at the time.
October 1, 2015
Op-Ed, The National Interest
By Sven-Eric Fikenscher, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom
"It is particularly noteworthy that the Qods Force increased its involvement in Syria and Yemen, although the United States and Iran simultaneously narrowed their differences on the nuclear issue."
October 1, 2015
Op-Ed, The Boston Globe
By Andrew Gawthorpe, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program
"Whatever military victories were won by international forces during their time in Iraq and Afghanistan, the only true test of success in these wars is the long-term durability of their pro-Western regimes. But in both countries, these regimes are withering under the insurgent challenge and morphing into something quite unlike what their patrons intended."
October 1, 2015
Op-Ed, Washington Post
By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
"...[I]t is worth remembering that the first nuclear-arms control agreements — the Test Ban Treaty of 1963 and the Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968 — did not solve all of the problems of controlling nuclear weapons. Rather, they started a process. Perhaps Obama and Xi's modest beginning will do something similar."
September 30, 2015
Op-Ed, The Huffington Post
By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
"With exquisite timing, just before his speech at the United Nations, Putin announced on 27 September that he had put together a consortium of intelligence-sharing powers on the Syrian situation: Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria."