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The downing of a Syrian warplane was bound to happen sooner or later.
While “denuclearization must remain our ultimate goal, we will have to get there in stages.”
Diplomacy

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In Destined for War, the eminent Harvard scholar Graham Allison explains why Thucydides’s Trap is the best lens for understanding U.S.-China relations in the twenty-first century. Through uncanny historical parallels and war scenarios, he shows how close we are to the unthinkable. Yet, stressing that war is not inevitable, Allison also reveals how clashing powers have kept the peace in the past — and what painful steps the United States and China must take to avoid disaster today.

Diplomacy Experts

Graham Allison

Graham Allison

Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School; Member of the Board

Eric Rosenbach

Eric Rosenbach

Co-Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School – Effective July 2017; Lecturer in Public Policy - Effective July 2017; Member of the Board; Former Chief of Staff to Secretary of Defense (2015-2017)

Ambassador Douglas Lute

Douglas Lute

Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project

Energy & Environment

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Marines stand near an artillery piece that links to solar panels during an exhibition of green energy technology in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

AP

It was reported that today there would be a meeting in the White House where the President's key advisers will discuss whether the United States should remain a party to the Paris climate agreement. With this in mind, the authors reflect in this essay on the history of international climate negotiations, observe why this is a pivotal moment, and explain why they think that the United States should remain in the Paris agreement.

Energy & Environment Experts

John P. Holdren

John P. Holdren

Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy; Co-Director, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program; Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama on Science and Technology

Laura Diaz Anadon

Laura Diaz Anadon

Associate, Environment and Natural Resources Program

Meghan L. O'Sullivan

Meghan L. O'Sullivan

Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School; Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Science & Technology

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Ben Buchanan is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center where he works on the Cyber Security Project.

Belfer Center

When Ben Buchanan received his first computer 17 years ago, he could not have known that the technical skills he acquired would prove vital to understanding today's cybersecurity dilemma.

Science & Technology Experts

Venkatesh "Venky" Narayanamurti

Venkatesh "Venky" Narayanamurti

Benjamin Peirce Research Professor of Technology and Public Policy, Science, Technology, and Pubic Policy Program; Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

AMB Laura S. H. Holgate

AMB Laura S. H. Holgate

Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Former Staff Assistant to Professor Ashton Carter, 1990–1992

Ernest J. Moniz

Ernest J. Moniz

Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Security

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People watch a TV news program showing images of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the missile launch, published in the North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper, at Seoul Railway station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 22, 2017. North Korea fired a solid-fuel ballistic missile Sunday that can be harder for outsiders to detect before launch and later said the test was hailed as perfect by leader Kim Jong Un. The letters on the top left reads "North Korea, missile launch." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

An approach that requires the United States to accept what it longed deemed “unacceptable” will strike many people in Washington as irresponsible.

Security Experts

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen

Director, Intelligence and Defense Project; Director, Project on Saudi and Gulf Cooperation Council Security

Calder Walton

Calder Walton

Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy, International Security Program

Ambassador Douglas Lute

Douglas Lute

Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project