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Announcement - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Former CIA Deputy Director David S. Cohen Joins Harvard’s Belfer Center as Senior Fellow

| July 19, 2017

David S. Cohen, former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, has been named a Senior Fellow with Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Cohen, who as the Agency’s second-in-command from 2015-2017 helped oversee all CIA operations, served previously as Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence in the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

As a non-resident Senior Fellow with the Center’s Intelligence and Defense Project, Cohen will conduct a study that focuses on the “CIA in the Digital Age,” looking into steps the Agency can take to improve its capacity for anticipating and tackling intelligence challenges in our increasingly interconnected world.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence

AP

Analysis & Opinions - CNN

Why Trump Should Resist Temptation to Pardon His Team

| July 18, 2017

"Donald Trump is already enabling Russia with his lack of action. He doesn't even affirm the assessment by our intelligence agencies that Russia disrupted our elections; in statements, he still caveats the possibility that Russia did it with asides that it could have been others. He appears not to have challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin in any meaningful way when they met at the G20. States and localities have not been given any advice about how to protect their election systems going forward."

Natalia Vesennitskaya speaks tojournalists in Moscow Tues., July 11, 2017.

(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting sure sounds like a Russian intelligence operation

| July 14, 2017

Donald Trump Jr. is seeking to write off as a nonevent his meeting last year with a Russian lawyer who was said to have damaging information about Hillary Clinton. “It was such a nothing,” he told Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Tuesday. “There was nothing to tell.”

Donald Trump Jr. is interviewed by host Sean Hannity on his Fox News Channel television program, in New York on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

AP Photo/Richard Drew

Analysis & Opinions - Just Security

The Media Is Not Asking the Right Questions on Trump Jr. Emails and Meeting with the "Russian Government Lawyer"

| July 11, 2017

Based on what we now know, the meeting had all the hallmarks of an overture by Russian intelligence to the campaign, and it is utterly damning that Trump Jr. took the meeting, brought in Manafort and Kushner to the meeting, and none of them reported the events immediately to the FBI nor to U.S. authorities until very recently.

White House

AP

Analysis & Opinions - Prospect

“Lies, Plain and Simple”: How James Comey Became Trump’s Meddlesome Priest

| June 09, 2017

"The issues at stake in this reality TV series of presidential politics can be easily ridiculed—will Trump tweet?—but they are profound. Comey's Congressional testimony goes to the heart of the proper functioning of US democracy, being concerned with checks and balances on the executive branch, and, crucially, whether President Trump obstructed justice by exerting pressure on America's senior law enforcement officer."

Audio - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Mike Rogers on Office Hours

| June 01, 2017

Former Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers (@RepMikeRogers), the U.S. Representative for the 8th district in Michigan from 2001 – 2015, and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center, talks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about tensions between the FBI and the White House, meeting Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and who’s his favorite spy.

Video - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Mike Rogers on Office Hours

| June 01, 2017

Former Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers (@RepMikeRogers), the U.S. Representative for the 8th district in Michigan from 2001 – 2015, and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center, talks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about tensions between the FBI and the White House, meeting Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and who’s his favorite spy.

Boris Johnson greets Rex Tillerson, outside Carlton Gardens in London

AP

Analysis & Opinions - Prospect

The Manchester Attack Revealed Crucial Differences in How the British and American Press Operate

| May 30, 2017

"The disparity between British and US media reporting of the Manchester attack highlights a problem only likely to increase in the future: how to regulate reporting on national security issues in a free society, with a free press, in the digital age. With the world’s increasing interconnectivity, in which we can receive news from outlets all over the world to our phones, and even watches, previous arrangements to regulate British press reporting seem increasingly anachronistic."

Rep. Adam Schiff stands next to a photograph of President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

AP

Analysis & Opinions - Politico

That Time the Soviets Bugged Congress, and Other Spy Tales

| May 22, 2017

"It is arguably one matter to spy on colonial delegations, but quite another to bug the president of the United States. Could the Russians have done it? The Trump administration's confusion about whether the TASS reporter in the Oval Office was photographing for private use, as the White House thought but apparently did not check, or acting officially for publication, as the Russian Foreign Ministry claimed, does not inspire confidence."