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Russia and other foreign powers who seek to influence U.S. politics have broader ambitions than just the next election cycle.
The plight of the Rohingya suggests that early warnings do little to prevent atrocities against vulnerable groups.
Opponents of the JCPOA incorrectly assume the United States has unlimited leverage over Iran, and that getting tough now will magically produce a better deal.
Diplomacy

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Kurdish Peshmerga fighters at their combat position in a military base in Batnaya outside of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.

AP Photo/Hadi Mizban

"Legally, the KRG continues to operate as a federal unit of the Iraqi national government, but a September 25 referendum for independence could set the Kurds on a trajectory toward sovereignty, something Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly wanted in an unofficial referendum held in 2005. Both the upcoming referendum and issues of territorial control are already being hotly contested. Peshmerga views of the post-ISIS regional order—and the extent to which these views are unified—are therefore key to Iraq’s political future."

Diplomacy Experts

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

Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy

2017 Fisher Family Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project

José Antonio Sabadell

José Antonio Sabadell

Rafael del Pino-MAEC Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project

Energy & Environment

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Chongqing, China

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China has committed to stabilize its greenhouse gas emissions and increase the percent of non-fossil fuel energy to 20% by 2030. This goal will require significant programmatic and policy changes across all sectors of its economy. The challenge is how to make these changes without incurring measurable political and economic costs. Ideally governments will draw lessons from efforts in other countries, but the Chinese system is unique. Hence it has created its own learning experiences by investing in multiple pilot policies and programs at the provincial and city levels.

Energy & Environment Experts

William C. Clark

William C. Clark

Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Faculty Chair, Environment and Natural Resources Program; Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development; Area Chair, HKS International and Global Affairs

Henry Lee

Henry Lee

Director, Environment and Natural Resources Program; Co-Principal Investigator, Energy Technology Innovation Policy; Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Halla Logadóttir

Halla Hrund Logadóttir

Research Fellow

Science & Technology

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Marina Kaljurand

AP

"While cyber and nuclear technologies are vastly different, the process by which society learns to cope with a highly disruptive technology shows instructive similarities. It took states about two decades to reach the first cooperative agreements in the nuclear era. If one dates the cyber-security problem not from the beginning of the Internet in the 1970s, but from the late 1990s, when burgeoning participation made the Internet the substrate for economic and military interdependence (and thus increased our vulnerability), cooperation is now at about the two-decade mark."

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; President Obama's Science Advisor and Director of the White Office of Science and Technology Policy (January 2009 – January 2017)

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

Security

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Omar al-Shishani

AP Photo/militant social media account via AP video

"...[D]espite the disparities in military training before arriving in Syria, Chechens in Syria will now leave with significant experience. Right now, the Kadyrovtsy that remain in Chechnya have the upper hand because most of the main opposition has left for Syria. But that could change as the bulk of foreign fighters trickle back home."

Security Experts

Juliette Kayyem

Juliette Kayyem

Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Belfer Lecturer in International Security, Harvard Kennedy School; Faculty Director, Homeland Security Project

Samantha Power

Samantha Power

Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School; 2017-18 Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations (2013-2017)

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Susan E. Rice

Non-resident Senior Fellow