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Elysee Palace

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Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Keep Mme. Le Pen Away From Legitimate French Society

| Apr. 27, 2017

There are a number of reasons why Marine Le Pen should not be elected President of France, apart from the fact that she heads a neo-Fascist political party that was founded by her father, the former military officer and parliamentary deputy, Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago, Florida

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Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

The Worst Mistake of Trump's First 100 Days

| Apr. 26, 2017

"...[B]ut in the long run Trump's biggest mistake has been his clueless approach to Asia. Europe is important, but its current problems are mostly internal and the United States cannot do much to address them. The Middle East is a mess, of course, but the United States does not need to fix it, does not know how to fix it, and shouldn't waste time, money, or soldiers' lives trying to fix it. Trump may find himself dragged back into the Middle East cauldron — especially if he tries to get tough with Iran — but his missteps there have done little damage so far (fingers crossed)."

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Can Donald Trump better negotiate Nafta? Yes, by bringing back TPP

| Apr. 25, 2017

If NAFTA is to be renegotiated, improvements could include strengthening labor and environmental protections, improving dispute-settlement mechanisms, adding new issues areas, and including more countries.  Is that pie in the sky?  The negotiators already did it last year.  It was called TPP.  

Donald Trump and Jared Kushner in Oval Office

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Trump Has Learned a Lot. But He's Neglecting a Huge Part of American Leadership.

| Apr. 25, 2017

"The system the United States created has been called a liberal international order, because openness produces public goods available to all. But the label is confusing because it covers political-military affairs, economic relations, ecological relations and even promotion of liberal values. It remains to be seen to what degree these different aspects depend on each other and what the result will be if Trump unpacks the post-1945 package."

Ban Ki-Moon

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Analysis & Opinions - Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center

Conversations in Diplomacy: Ban Ki-moon

| Apr. 24, 2017

In a conversation with Professor Nicholas Burns, Ban Ki-Moon, who served as UN Secretary-General from 2007 to December 2016, touches upon his transition from the diplomatic to the academic world, UN efforts to confront climate change under his leadership, and reconciling political realities with the achievement of long-term, global aims.

Science March Washington D.C.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Guardian

Science's Role in Society is Threatened. Protest is the Right Response

| Apr. 22, 2017

"In recent years we’ve seen an increasing number of influential politicians reject well-established science on climate change, evolution, vaccines, gun violence. The value of government investments in research (particularly basic research) is being called into question — as is whether leaders of government need advice from scientists at all. These attitudes have been most evident in the first 100 days of the Trump administration."

Shiite popular mobilization forces parade with a captured Islamic State vehicle in Mosul

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Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Fearing ISIS in the Shadows

| Apr. 20, 2017

The six-month Mosul operation will soon come to an end. Civilians and soldiers alike are eager to turn over a new page after years of ISIS control over the city. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that this will come to pass. The security problems that will follow are already visible in other Iraqi cities of Iraq, such as Falluja and Ramadi, which had been liberated from ISIS prior to the Mosul operation.

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Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Some Thoughts on the Scientists' March

| Apr. 19, 2017

Understandable concerns have been expressed by some in the scientific community that marching on April 22 will make scientists look like "just another interest group" or "just worried about their jobs" or that they will be seen as "politicizing science." After considerable reflection and discussion with a number of science-community leaders, John P. Holdren, Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at Harvard University has reached the following conclusions about this issue. 

Kim Jong-un

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Analysis & Opinions - Harvard Gazette

The worry over North Korea

| Apr. 19, 2017

Nuclear security analyst Gary Samore, A.M. ’78, Ph.D. ’84, is executive director for research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs atHarvard Kennedy School. He shaped U.S. nuclear policy as White House coordinator for arms control and weapons of mass destruction during the first term of the Obama administration and was the U.S. emissary during the 2010 and 2012 nuclear security summits.

Samore spoke with The Gazette about the concern over North Korea’s nuclear test and the challenges the United States faces over the weapons program.