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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.  

Ban Ki-Moon

Benn Craig/Belfer Center

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.

AP

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

AP

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.

U.S. Capitol

Kevin McCoy CC

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

Zennie Abraham

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.

Jared Kushner at Mar-a-Lago meeting

AP

Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

Jared Kushner Will Be Eaten by the Blob

| Apr. 17, 2017

"Indeed, Kushner’s role in the White House actually reveals a deeper problem: Trump doesn't actually care if his policies work or not. He doesn't care if health care is ever fixed, if the climate warms up and millions of people die, if coal miners or autoworkers get new and better jobs, if the Islamic State is ever defeated, or if U.S. infrastructure is rebuilt. All he cares about is whether he can convince people that he's responsible for anything good that happens and persuade them that adverse developments are someone else's fault. It has been apparent from day one that Trump cares first and foremost about himself, his family, and his fortune. Full stop. Doing the people's business — that is, actually governing — is hard work, and it really cuts into the time you can spend on the golf course."

Photo of Presidents Trump and Xi around table at Mar-a-Lago April 2017.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Analysis & Opinions - CNN.com

Trump Demonstrated the Art of the Show With Xi

| Apr. 14, 2017

The stakes were high at the initial meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping last week: No two individuals will have a greater impact on the global order in the years ahead and, beyond that, as far as any eye can see.

Personal chemistry is often a critical factor in foreign relations, and while no one expected major breakthroughs on the substantive issues, the meeting allowed the leaders to get to know each other.
 
So, how did Trump do? And what does it mean for this most vital of international relationships?