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Analysis & Opinions - CNN.com

We Want Our Kids to Be Fearless. Then This Happens

| May 23, 2017

"No parent is thinking about raising fearless kids right now. Their kids will be tied to them by their metaphoric leashes for the foreseeable future. That's the real power of this attack: not only are the victims so particularly undeserving, they are also among the most vulnerable in the immediate aftermath when terror like this strikes."

President Donald Trump holds a sword and sways with traditional dancers during a welcome ceremony at Murabba Palace in Riyadh

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

The Showman Cometh

| May 23, 2017

The Riyadh visit was a boon for Saudi Arabia, as it was attended by some fifty leaders from the Sunni Arab world. Whether Mr. Trump's Riyadh attacks on Shiite Iran will call forth a hostile response from Tehran in the aftermath of an electoral victory of the moderates remains to be seen.

A man is arrested as the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed in New Orleans

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

Cry the Divided Country

| May 22, 2017

Amid the controversy this past week surrounding the decision of New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu to remove Confederate monuments from the city, especially that of Robert E. Lee, taken down by men in bullet-proof vests and at night, I would like to offer a phrase from a speech I gave at Harvard University some years ago. The occasion was a Festschrift (memorial) for the late Professor Ernest May: "The South's war, brilliantly fought, was not only a lost cause. It was a bad cause."

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

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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."

President Donald Trump listens as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House

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Analysis & Opinions - Prospect

America's Leaker-in-chief: Trump and Russia

| May 19, 2017

"To make matters worse, this intelligence was derived from a US ally, reportedly Israel. Never before has a US president unilaterally disclosed to a hostile power, Russia, ultra secret intelligence derived from a US intelligence ally without permission from that country. If the reports are true, we are now in historically uncharted territory. Trump's disclosures to the Kremlin—pundits are calling it LeakGate—pose a serious risk to US national security. America and its intelligence allies are not equipped for a leaker-in-chief as president. No wonder Lavrov and Kislak are smiling in the pictures of their Oval Office meeting."

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

President Trump Goes to Saudi Arabia

| May 19, 2017

President Trump announced on May 4 that his first foreign trip would be to the centers of the three major world religions: Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican. The inclusion of the Saudi kingdom in this list indicates how seriously the president takes the crises gripping the Arab and Muslim worlds. But more importantly, his schedule during his visit shows he plans to break with the patterns of the Obama administration and, rather than trying to enforce Western policies and methods from above, work with the region’s countries and institutions in a collaborative fashion so that the US can once again play an effective and sustained role in the Middle East.

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Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

What Happens When Your Car Gets Hacked?

| May 19, 2017

Bruce Schneier advocates for stricter government regulation to improve security on "Internet of Things" (IoT) devices.  Without that, he argues, we are going to see hackers attacking our cars, digital video recorders, web cameras, refrigerators, and so much more as our dependency on IoT devices grows.