In the Spotlight

The New Era of Counterforce: Technological Change and the Future of Nuclear Deterrence

AP/Wong Maye-E

Emerging technologies are undermining Mutually Assured Destruction, increasing the risk of nuclear war.

Read More From International Security

President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Saudi Arabia’s program of combining paramilitary tactics, enhanced intelligence, and de-radicalization initiatives has proven highly effective.

Explore the Intelligence and Defense Project

Emissions from coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H.

AP

Far from being a bad deal, the Paris agreement is the answer to America’s prayers going back to the Senate's rejection of Kyoto.

Explore the Science and Technology Program

Diplomacy

Diplomacy ResearchRSS

Diplomacy Experts

Samantha Power

Samantha Power

Former Project Director, Human Rights Initiative; Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Graham Allison

Graham Allison

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

Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns

Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School; Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Faculty Director, Future of Diplomacy Project; Faculty Chair, Middle East Initiative; Faculty Chair, India & South Asia Program

Energy & Environment

Energy & Environment ResearchRSS

Electric cars sit charging in a parking garage at the University of California, Irvine, January 26, 2015.

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

When the country faces a major threat, a dedicated minority recognizes it and lobbies hard for strong actions to address it.  Stakeholders with powerful vested interests in the status quo lobby just as hard (sometimes harder) to block the proposed actions. In many cases, the advocates for change never get past this stage.

Energy & Environment Experts

Kelly Sims Gallagher

Kelly Sims Gallagher

Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Calestous Juma

Calestous Juma

Professor of the Practice of International Development; Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; Principal Investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa; Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Laura Diaz Anadon

Laura Diaz Anadon

Associate, Environment and Natural Resources Program

Science & Technology

Science & Technology ResearchRSS

President Barack Obama meets with members of this national security team and cybersecurity advisers.

AP

"Every president stocks the White House with people who can advise him on the economy, national defense, and foreign relations. And nearly all presidents in modern times have understood that science and technology are so central to all of those top-tier issues — and practically every other issue on the nation’s agenda — that science and technology advice in the White House is no less essential."

Science & Technology 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

Matthew Bunn

Matthew Bunn

Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom; Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

David Keith

David Keith

Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Security

Security ResearchRSS

Photo of Kim Jong Un waving in 2013.

(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

The threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program is getting worse — much worse. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, meeting Thursday and Friday at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, face an urgent and growing problem that is more severe today than ever before.

Security Experts

Ash Carter

Ashton B. Carter

Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School – Effective July 2017; Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs - Effective July 2017; Member of the Board; Former United States Secretary of Defense (2015-2017)

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen

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

Nawaf Obaid

Nawaf Obaid

Visiting Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs